Music / Spock's Beard
Spock's Beard (named after the infamous facial features of Alternate Universe Spock
) is a rock band from California. They may be regarded as the Boisterous Bruiser
of Progressive Rock
, and one of the bands that saved the genre from the Scrappy Heap
After a good ten years' run as one of the world's leading Progressive Rock
outfits, Face of the Band
and main composer Neal Morse got religion and left the band in pursuit of a Christian Rock
. In a career move similar to their great example Genesis
, the band has continued with drummer Nick D'Virgilio (who, oddly enough, was
in Genesis during the Ray Wilson period) taking up the singer's mantle and recently released their tenth album X
to great acclaim. Once he left, he got replaced with Ted Leonard and Jimmy Keegan.
Warning! May contain examples of:
- Angry Mob Song: "Devil's Got My Throat" from Snow
- Ascended Extra: Sort of. Tour drummer Jimmy Keegan was promoted to a fully-fledged band member following the departure of Nick D'Virgilio.
- Badass Beard: And none of them even has a beard.
- The Band Minus the Face: Twice. First, when Neal Morse left to pursue a Christian career, then when Nick D'Virgilio left to work on Cirque Du Soleil.
- Christian Rock: Neal Morse's current occupation. Really awesome Christian Progressive Rock.
- Chronological Album Title - V and X.
- Cluster F-Bomb: A pretty notorious section (titled FU) in the epic "The Water". The narrator subsequently apologizes for it.
- Concept Album / Rock Opera: Snow
- Counterpoint Duet: One of the band's trademarks are multi-layered vocal bits In the Style of... Gentle Giant.
- Cover Version: "Beware of Darkness", originally from George Harrison. Strangely, they named a whole album after it.
- Epic Instrumental Opener: Snow has one.
- Epic Rocking: Oooh yeah
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Gibberish.
- Gratuitous Japanese: "Wherever You Stand", "Kamikaze"
- Heroic Albino: The title character of Snow.
- Hijacked by Jesus: Snow. By extension, Neal Morse himself.
- "I Am" Song: 'The Light' is perhaps the most extreme example of this trope ever committed to tape.
- Keet: Ryo
- Large Ham: The whole band, but especially Ryo and Nick.
- List Song: "Their Names Escape Me" lists the names of all who pre-ordered the deluxe package of X.
- Lonely Piano Piece: "Hereafter"
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Generally ranges from 3 to 5, with occasional ventures into 6.
- My Life Flashed Before My Eyes: Appropiately, "A Flash Before My Eyes".
- New Sound Album: Octane. It didn't last.
- Power Ballad: "June", "Ghosts of Autumn", "She Is Everything"
- Rockstar Song: "Rearranged", written by Nick D'Virgilio.
- Rule of Cool: Apparently, this is why their ninth album is self-titled.
- Sanity Slippage Song: Afterthoughts.
- Step Up to the Microphone:
- Drummer Nick D'Virgilio succeeded Neal Morse as the band's lead singer.
- Jimmy Keegan (D'Virgilio's successor behind the drum kit) gets to sing lead on "Bennett Built a Time Machine."
- Dave Meros lends his voice to the bonus track "Iron Man."
- Subdued Section: Most 5min+ songs have one.
- Uncommon Time: Actually, the band uses Common Time as much as they do Uncommon Time. They are quite fond of 7/8, though.
- Word Salad Lyrics: On the demo of 'Mr. Potato Head'. A final version of the song with real lyrics has never appeared, and is unlikely to.