"PRODUCT is the work of Arman Christoff Boyles (Vocals, Guitar and Keyboards) and Scott Rader (Drums and Bass). They first started working together on music in 1990 in Los Angeles. Throughout the 90ís they collaborated on many projects, but it wasn't until 1999 that they had outlined a road map to create fully realized concept albums. Using the four classical elements and historical figures as inspiration, PRODUCT revisits the sensibilities of the progressive art rock concept albums of the early 70ís, but with a contemporary sound. They have been compared to mood oriented bands such as Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree, but bands such as King Crimson, Genesis and Marillion have also been cited.
PRODUCT has recorded four long playing CDs that are intended to be played from beginning to end as a theater for the mind. Their debut album "On Water" follows the story of Jacob Nagle, a young sailor during the American Revolution. "Aire" is an album about Galileo and touches on subjects regarding science and church. "The Fire" is a political based work on the life of Nero. Their latest album, "Earth", examines the life of Nikola Tesla and reflects on our relationship with technology." [Product website]
Released in 2009 on the band's own Flickerista Productions label, the fourth and final (?) release in the series is based upon the life of Nikola Tesla and finds only the duo of Boyles & Rader providing all of the instruments and vocals. While the Pink Floyd influence is still probably the one most listeners will recognize, this is certainly the band's most experimental work incorporating some sonically challenging interludes between and within the excellent songs. Perhaps I hear a little David Sylvian and some Brian Eno in this disc. Maybe it is the subject matter (I've always been fond of concept albums about iconoclasts like Tesla) or maybe it is the slightly more adventurous edge to the music or perhaps it is the rawer, more urgent sound of the recording but - for whatever reason - "Earth" is probably my favorite of the four Product CDs. I don't know whether to recommend you start with "Earth" or save it for last. I can say that any of the four CDs will be a good place to start. If your ears respond to their sound you will want all four and if not, well these things happen. If you are a fan of the sort of sonic territory inhabited by Pink Floyd and Porcupine Tree I am sure that Product's 4 CDs will be a welcome additional to your collection.