51 Peg Is Back After a 14-Year Hiatus: Announces Release of New Album, “A\Void”
Industrial rockers 51 Peg are excited to announce the release of their first album in 14 years, called “A\VOID”, today 10/23/18. After garnering a following in the Mid-Atlantic region in the mid-2000’s and sharing the stage with acts such as 30 Seconds to Mars, Orgy, and The Birthday Massacre, the band is back with a 16-track offering that builds on their unique blend of the alt rock, goth, prog, and industrial genres.
51 Peg formed in 1998, with the release of their first album “Strange Appointments” coming in 2000 which drew comparisons to a varied group of artists like Peter Murphy, Depeche Mode, and Orgy. The follow-up album “Esc \ Ctrl” featured a more focused and polished sound, and pushed the band forward in popularity. The group went on an indefinite hiatus in 2007 but was offered a reunion show in 2016 which proved to be successful. Building on that momentum and with the combined experience gathered over the years in other projects, the band decided to write their most ambitious material yet. Listen to the latest evolution of the band’s sound at 51peg.com.
Over the course of many years, forces both internal and external can come together to erode a band. The necessities of daily life slowly take precedence over creativity and it becomes easy to settle into a routine. Hollowed out gradually, there comes a point of realization that some things may have been forgotten: the excitement you get from writing a great song is just as important as any creature comfort and that playing a show to a live audience is more exhilarating than the endless cycle of binge watched dramas on television. But once time slips by, it is close to impossible to gain back what has been lost, and the story often ends here.
Fortunately, for 51 Peg, the stars aligned and an opportunity presented itself in the form of an unexpected offer to do a reunion show in 2016. With their singer Jeff Sargent relocated to Arizona and the rest of the band (now including keyboardist Tim Phillips in place of Jaime Nish) remaining in the Baltimore, MD area, they put together a set of their previous material from Strange Appointments (2000) and Esc\Ctrl (2004) and pulled off a successful come back show. This was an eye opener not only in the fact that people still wanted to hear 51 Peg, but that it was also possible to function even with Jeff located 2,000 miles away.
The creative fires now stoked, and with 14 additional years of experience and technology at their disposal since their last release, the band decided to begin working towards a new album. Not knowing what this new configuration of the band would sound like but with grandiose albums such as Nine Inch Nails’ “The Fragile”, The Cure’s “Disintegration”, and Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” in mind the ideas quickly flowed. The result is a musically diverse 16 track album that is inspired by what came before and provides a glimpse of what is yet to come.
With newest member Tim providing a new edge from his synthesized perspective, guitar player Carlo Pizarro taking a prominent step forward in the bands overall sound, and drummer Brian Fasani anchoring everything while now also contributing his own synth ideas for the first time on a recording, the groundwork was laid for Jeff to provide the emotional content that 51 Peg is known for. Lyrics of loss, change, heartache, and self reflection provide an “homage to an imperfect past” and take the listener on a journey of catharsis. A bid for connection between themselves and the audience, A\VOID is a true collaboration of the band across time and space.