Welcome to the near-future: the world of DarWin. An epic and intricate musical fantasy concept that will launch on the 23rd November 2018 with the ambitious single release of “Escape The Maze”, followed by the full length album “Origin Of Species” on the 30th November 2018.
It’s roughly ten years from now into the future, 2028. An exhausted ecology, and global conflicts,have led to a huge upheaval of the world order, straining and diminishing human populations. The lives of everyday people and families have been turned upside down by the intense ecological pressures related to climate change. No longer just a theory discussed by scientists and politicians, climate change is wreaking havoc on the world. Chaos and confusion reign as fighting for basic resources continuously escalates. “Day Zero”has occurred, when nuclear attacks punctuated what had for many years been a civility between nations and people. As Earth rejects life, those of us who remain struggle to survive.
DarWin wakes. Alone, confused and surrounded by the unknown. How did he get here, and who is he? He starts a journey from a mysterious dark cave to find civilisation, discover his past, understand the present and try and forge a future in the chaos that surrounds him. Splintered memories return to him of his past: a simple but comfortable life, a beautiful wife, a lovely child, a cosy family. Where are they now?
He makes his way across a strange, desolate land, and upon finding a lone truck on a road, collapses from exhaustion. When he wakes, he is surrounded by a mysterious group of women, working with technology, not just to save him, but to…upgrade him. They are turning him into a next generation man. The next step after Homo sapiens. Software and processing power is merging with his body. And with this upgrade, as he rises from an operating table, under the watchful eye of this group of women, he discovers powers. Powers that he doesn’t fully understand but might yet hold a key not only to his own past, present, and future but also to a planet Earth groaning under the weight of mankind, on the verge of collapse. The powers allow him to navigate space time, and, it seems, interject his will onto the unfolding of events. He can reverse events. Can they allow DarWin to turn back the destruction of the Earth—the apocalyptic present? Can the efforts of one upgraded man be enough to turn the tide for humanity? To restore our planet? Just one man alone? Can these powers even possibly bring back…his family? The story is just beginning…
“Escape The Maze” is the first instalment in an epic saga that addresses the challenges of mankind in our coming era. It depicts the role of a changing planet, and the potential, as well as limitations, of technology to help solve mankind’s greatest challenges. The story of Origin Of Species will continue through music, graphic novels and videos.
A complex project that’s eschews the hollow immediacy of much contemporary art. A story that demands attention and imagination. With music sweeping in scope, at times evoking hard rock virtuoso shredding, alongside grand orchestral compositions, warm harmonies and soaring choruses.
It’s time to enter the story. It’s time to join DarWin on his journey…
The “Origin Of Species” album features legendary drummer and producer Simon Phillips, who engineered, mixed and drove the production on the album, Matt Bissonette – vocals, bass, DarWin – guitars and Jeff Babko – piano. The album also features guest performances from the likes of Greg Howe (guitar), Dennis Hamm (keyboards), Ernst Tibbs (bass), Katisse Buckingham (Flute, Soprano Sax), Masala B (spoken word), The Origin of Species Quartet, The Reykjavik String Quartet and The Chamber Orchestra Of London (Conductor Matt Dunkley)
The album was recorded at Phantom Recordings, Sherman Oaks, Ca, with additional recording at The Doghouse, Woodland Hills, Ca / Rose Lane Studios, Carpenteria, Ca / Megatrax, Ventura, Ca / Abbey Road Studios, London, United Kingdom & Sundlaugin Studio, Reykjavik, Iceland. The album was produced by DarWin and Simon Phillips.