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
supported by 11 fans who also own “Pretending 2 Run (24 bit version)”
These guys have horns and cellos, and they're not afraid to use them. If you're looking for a Yes or Genesis clone you're out of luck, but if you want a band who take the time to stretch out and give a song time to develop you're in luck.
I'm going to change my mind about my favourite track regularly.
Oh, and flutes.
supported by 7 fans who also own “Pretending 2 Run (24 bit version)”
If you're a fan of progressive rock, Big Big Train is one of the best modern bands around. Complex yet still melodic, this album is full of interesting stories and tales that paint a fantastic picture of the Britain of yesteryear.
This is also over two hours of music for the price. It's more than worth it! Johnicus
supported by 6 fans who also own “Pretending 2 Run (24 bit version)”
Anyone with an aversion to "contemporary prog" should listen to Wobbler and they'd realize that prog classics are not just confined to the 1970s. This album is just so tight on every level that if you'd have told me this was recorded in 1974, I'd have no basis for questioning it other than the lack of more prominent tape hiss. Great from start to finish! babayetu