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November 14, 2016
The final installment of our Pretending 2 Run documentary looks at the album's somewhat complicated recording process. Along with producer Terry
Brown, we traveled back and forth between Detroit, Toronto and Toledo, swapped electronic files across the Atlantic Ocean and repeatedly shipped hard drives across the border. At
times it was quite the logistical challenge (not to mention the crazy amounts of file management)! The collective miles we logged traipsing around our area of the rust belt was
Interestingly enough, the convoluted way P2R came to life is a first in the history of Tiles. At most, we'd work between a couple studios and for Fly Paper
we recorded the entire album in Toronto at Terry Brown's studio. But of course, a lot changed between 2007 (when we finished Fly Paper) and 2013 (when we started P2R); most
significant was working around everyone's schedules, plus there were a few 'cost-containment' considerations. However, the changing scenery, environments and personalities of the
various studios helped fuel our creativity. The sonic playground that is Mark Mikel's studio played a huge role in inspiring and
bringing new sounds and textures to our song arrangements; and we are grateful for the professionalism and excellent support we enjoyed at all the studios!
So, we wrap our 'Five-Part Video Interview Series on the Making of Pretending 2 Run' with "Part V" (Recording Process) - complete with a few behind the scenes stories, in-the-studio
footage, surprise cameos and candid photos! Read the official Laser's Edge/Earsplit announcement here.
Also, if you happen to have 30-minutes to spare check out the entire five part series at this handy YouTube playlist.
Once again, we extend a very special thanks to the Chromatin team for their excellent production and creative input!
October 25, 2016
The next installment in our Pretending 2 Run interview series takes a look at the remarkable collection of guest artists who helped us bring the album
to life. In addition to some of the different backstories, we were lucky to have videoed some of the actual performances heard on the CD! Notable are Mike Stern at the legendary United Sound Systems Recording Studios in Detroit – Mike Portnoy recording "Stonewall" – and his son Max recording "Fait
Accompli". Of special interest is footage of Mike and Max recording their very first commercially-released drum duet!
The entire guest list and supporting cast actually spans the globe and cuts across musical genres thanks to Ian Anderson of Jethro
Tull, Colin Edwin of Porcupine Tree, Adam Holzman (Steven Wilson Band, Miles
Davis), Joe Deninzon, Kevin Chown and Kim Mitchell. While closer to home we enlisted the talents of some of our Detroit and Toledo-area friends: Matthew Parmenter of Discipline., Mark Mikel, Keith
Kaminski, Tim Michling, Sonya Mastick, Renaissance Voices and more...
Special thanks once again to the Chromatin team for the excellent productions and for efforts way beyond the call of
October 19, 2016
We are pleased to headline the long-overdue return of the Motor City ProgShow Saturday, November 19th at the Loving Touch
in Ferndale, MI.
Joining the festivities are Imminent Sonic Destruction & Reign.
We will feature selections from Pretending 2 Run and welcome several of the album's special guests to the stage to lend a hand (sorry, but please do not
expect Ian Anderson or Mike Portnoy to make cameos).
Visit our Tour Dates page for all the details!
October 13, 2016
Continuing our Pretending 2 Run interview series as announced in the previous September 24th news entry, we offer up the next two installments:
T I L E S "Pretending 2 Run" Interview Part II: Concepts
We talk about how P2R developed into a song cycle about a man blindsided and disillusioned by betrayal - and his journey through adversity as he escapes from the dark corners of
seclusion on a faltering search for redemption.
T I L E S "Pretending 2 Run" Interview Part III: Artwork
We discuss how the cover developed and its different variations - and what it's like collaborating with Hugh Syme as he worked to complement the album's dramatic and multi-layered
story line with striking and surreal imagery. Featuring a lush 28-page full-color booklet, the design and packaging for "Pretending 2 Run" is an elaborate and stunning work
September 24, 2016
Prior to the release of Pretending 2 Run we sat down individually to talk about the album. The producers asked questions and we would ramble about the
writing and recording, concept, special guests and other fun stuff. The whole process was unrehearsed, unscripted and the topics were slightly different for each of us. The Chromatin production team even slipped in a few surprise questions to keep us on our toes!
Overall, our main objective was to have some bits of interview material for the album trailers – but there was so much footage we were able to group the themes into five video
segments and provide a bit of 'behind-the-scenes' insights.
We are pleased to kick things off with the aptly titled first segment, Part I – Beginnings
**Note: members of the Tiles Files Mailing List get to enjoy advance screenings so if you're not already a member, sign up today – it's easy!
September 10, 2016
We met up with Mike Portnoy after the recent Winery Dogs show in Detroit
and he kindly agreed to say a few words about Pretending 2 Run – in print and in person! Mike and his son Max both make guest appearances (individually and
together) on Stonewall and Fait
Portnoy enthuses about Pretending 2 Run in print:
“Tiles have delivered another very diverse album and continue to push the boundaries of Progressive Rock. The list of special guests is amazing and I am proud to present my very first
recorded drum duet with my son Max.”
Live and in person:
August 26, 2016