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Pretending 2 Run (24 bit version)

by Tiles

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03 Stonewall 06:49
04 Voir Dire 04:36
07 Refugium 02:55
09 Midwinter 04:32
13 Meditatio 01:37


After an eight year absence, T I L E S returns with a vengeance by delivering the mesmerizing 2-CD magnum opus “Pretending to Run.” Clocking in at over 96-minutes, “Pretending to Run” is an ambitious and richly crafted song cycle spinning the tale of a man blindsided and disillusioned by betrayal.

Once again, T I L E S teamed up with producer Terry Brown – and with mastering by Grammy award winning engineer Peter Moore, “Pretending to Run” boasts a powerful and detailed sonic landscape. Complementing the dramatic and multi-layered storyline is Hugh Syme’s striking and surreal imagery. Featuring a lush 28-page full-color booklet, the design and packaging for “Pretending to Run” is an elaborate and stunning work of art.

Lending their talents to “Pretending to Run” is an extraordinary collection of special guest musicians: Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, Winery Dogs), Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson Band), Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Kim Mitchell (Max Webster), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Kevin Chown (Tarja Turunen, Chad Smith), Max Portnoy (Next to None), Matthew Parmenter (Discipline), Mark Mikel (Pillbugs), Joe Deninzon, and other notable guests from the Detroit area…

Destined to be on the radar of Prog fans everywhere, “Pretending to Run” is a distinctive presentation framed in the grand traditions of progressive rock. Clearly and unmistakably T I L E S, but infused with a more expansive sound as the guest artists propel the band into new directions sure to please fans old and new.


released April 15, 2016

Mark Evans - Drums & percussion

Jeff Whittle - Bass guitar, fretless bass, keyboards, vocals

Chris Herin - Electric & acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, keyboards, trumpet, vocals

Paul Rarick - Lead and backing vocals

Produced by Terry Brown

Recorded, engineered and mixed by Terry Brown
At Vis-à-vis Recorders, Ontario, Canada

Metro 37 Studios, Rochester, MI
Engineered by Ryan Arini

Additional recording at:

Dead Moth Studio, Maumee, OH
Engineered by Mark Mikel

Electronic Lab Recorders, Sterling Heights, MI
Engineers: Ryan Arini, Mike E. Clark

Ian Anderson Session, Linwell House, St. Cleve, UK
Engineered by Gerald Bostock

Mike Stern Session, United Sound Systems, Detroit, MI
Engineered by Frank “Cornbread” Jamal

Mike & Max Portnoy Sessions, MP4 Studio, Philadelphia, PA
Engineered by Jerry Guidroz

Choir Session, Christ Episcopal Church, Dearborn, MI
Engineered by Anthony Lai
(With appreciation to the Reverend Terri Pilarski and Sean Jackman, Director of Music)

France Espitalier Session, Pseudo Studio Southeast
Engineer: Matthew Parmenter

Kevin Chown Sessions, Chown Cali Compound, CA
Engineer: KJC Himself

Arrangements by Tiles and Terry Brown
Additional arranging by Mark Mikel and Matthew Parmenter

Artwork, design and illustrations by Hugh Syme
Band photography by Paul D’Angelo

Mastered by Peter J. Moore at the “E” Room, Toronto, Canada

Project Management & Coordination: Chris Herin
Logistics: Jeff Whittle

Rehearsals & pre-production at Whittle East – captured by Memorex


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