“A dash of 80s art pop and a dose of prog rock to cure what ails you” Prog Magazine
“Celexa Dreams is the confluence of many styles that are sonically linked, but underappreciated in terms of the radiant glow that can result” Heavy Blog Is Heavy
“Put on your headphones and go out into the sunlight my friend, and bring ‘Celexa Dreams’ with you” The ProgSpace
Kyros – ‘Fear of Fear’
Modern synth-prog outfit Kyros have cemented themselves in 2020 as one of the most hard-working and innovative bands in the modern prog scene. Following on from the success of their new album ‘Celexa Dreams’ in June 2020, the band took their new songs to the ‘stage’ and toured ‘Celexa Streams’ to the world wide web. One of the many bands that had to adapt and evolve in the wake of the Covid-19 Pandemic, Kyros seamlessly refashioned their way of working to show they are progressive both in musical style and in work ethic.
The London based quartet are not showing any signs of slowing down any time soon, and have now exercised their eccentricities and sewn together each of the members’ musical influences into a four track EP that showcases a paradox of influences that may or may not surprise fans. Unifying genres such as pop, prog, dubstep, and art rock – Kyros are now displaying everything they have to offer in ‘Four of Fear’ out now via White Star Records. The EP has so far been very successful, selling out the limited run of CD copies available.
The band have opened up to provide further insight to the EP, with a track by track rundown of the EP below.
KYROS – ‘FOUR OF FEAR’ EP
Track by Track rundown
Adam Warne says this about the EP
Four of Fear contains four very purposefully different sounding tracks that represent four very different sides of the bands writing style. From the wacky and eccentric through to the lush and dense through to the anthemic, hooky side of our writing. We wanted to see if this experiment of four different musical styles, yet with multiple common threads running between them would ‘work’ and we’re incredibly proud of the results.
This song began taking shape when we came up with that little melody that plays in the intro. Upon experimenting, we realized that it was a surprisingly agile little figure – it works as a shredy riff, as a vocal melody, a bass line, etc – so we decided to try to write a whole track around it. Our secondary goal was to try and do something that pushed the boundaries of Kyros’ catalogue in terms of energy and speed and see how that could mesh with our custom sound palette.
Lyrically, this song explores the idea that self destructive habits are very difficult to break, even when one is fully cognizant of said habits. And card games.
The most straightforward and pop-influenced sounding track on the EP, with a vibe that ties closely to the tracks on Celexa Dreams.
Lyrically, this track is about coming to terms with the fear of people’s prejudice and close-mindedness and the mind tricks and mental preparation that goes into being honest to not just other people, but even yourself. Being truly afraid of being open because you fear other people fearing your true self.
We put out Technology Killed the Kids II on our 2016 album, Vox Humana which had a bit of a Dubstep influence. However, it’s those Dubstep elements that we always felt like could have been ‘dirtier’ and more in your face but we weren’t quite sure how to achieve them properly back then. Since then, our production levels and techniques have certainly come a long way and for the sake of experimentation and having a bit of fun, we thought we’d revisit that effort of trying to create something Dubsteppy and just overall bigger sounding. In comes ResetRewind.
Lyrically, writing about the pandemic would have been much too expected and would probably end up dating the track pretty badly. So why not write about the death of civilization and humanity as a whole?
Whilst ‘In Motion’ kicked off the Celexa Dreams album cycle with it’s lyrics about burning out and it being too late before realising, ‘Stop Motion’ acts as the bookend to this chapter. Rather than feeling the need to keep their mind busy to feel worth, this track is about an individual who suffers from the opposite problem. They can’t feel anything emotionally at all. In a sense of desperation clouded determination, he has enough of the day in and day out and wants to so desperately feel something, so he jumps in front of an oncoming car and almost instantly dies in the crash. But for the first time ever in his life, that split moment between being hit and then passing on, he feels the happiest and ironically most alive he’s ever felt.
Bright, colourful and brimming with nostalgic influence, Kyros’ music and merch is available via theKyros’ merch store,the White Star Recordswebsiteand in all good online and physical stores, including Amazon and HMV.
In addition to the EP, Kyros’ drummer Robin Johnson recently released a video of him performing a drum solo from the prog band ‘Yes’.
Robin said this about the cover, now featuring over at Prog Magazine.
“I’ve always been a fan of Yes and Alan White is a living legend who was a big influence on the way I play,” says Johnson. “So I decided I wanted to make a video tributing him and what better way to do that than performing his drum solo from the Yes song Ritual. It was made in collaboration with my friend Matt Jackson who my band previously worked with on the Cloudburst music video. Matt and I really threw everything we had at this video and I’m incredibly proud of how it turned out! I hope both fans of Yes and Kyros enjoy it.”