Author Archives : Mark Trueack


12 Month Anniversary/More info on “Planetary Overload – Loss and Hope”

Hello to all UP frat members!

As the UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY celebrates its first 12 month of existence, I am happy to announce that UPF band members around the world (we are truly international) are currently hard at work on the follow-up to our debut album ‘Fall in Love with the World’.

The concept behind the next project will delve deeper into the environmental issues that we all face as a united world. We have several band members working on the music, arrangements and lyrical ideas. Even our own Julia Bradshaw (UPF Manager) has come up with some very interesting ideas based on the book ‘Planetary Overload’ by Professor Tony McMichael, who sadly passed away in September 2014. We actually have clearance from the publisher to use the title of the book for the new album.

One of the first tracks that we are working on is ‘Mercenaries’. which was written and arranged by Steve Unruh. This track was specifically written for the upcoming ‘Decameron 3’ project but will also be featured on ‘Planetary Overload’. We are still looking for people who want to contribute towards our upcoming projects as we want to make this a truly united effort on all fronts. Contact me if you have an idea to contribute.

Many of you are asking about guest musicians and who they may be. I am glad to say we have commitments from several brilliant musicians and will continue to source for more. We are particularly interested in musicians who play unusual instruments, as this can set up some very unique hooks.

So, as you can see, “Planetary Overload” will be well worth the wait, both musically and lyrically, and will culminate with a series of exciting global musical events and collaborations that will raise further awareness about the plight of our planet and what we can all do to help. Our entire survival depends on what action humanity takes in the next few years, and the United Progressive Fraternity is striving to create the best communicated album ever made. Thank you for your continuing and endearing support, fellow UP frat members! Truey X


Decameron 3

Steve Unruh has just finished the template track for the upcoming Decameron 3. The track is called “Mercenaries” and will also feature on the upcoming “Planetary Overload” double album. Steve has set the track up for everyone to play their bits. It is quite different and will certainly appeal to the more progressive purist. I look forward to adding my voice to the piece. Truey X

 


UPF Mission Statement 2015

MISSION STATEMENT 2015

 

To produce great music, as a collective concept,
whilst conveying a message of peace, hope and global awareness”

 

The Music:  To produce creative, inspiring and thought provoking, original music, tapping into musical influences from all parts of the world.

The Concept: To foster collaboration and shared ideas with other Musicians, Artists and Writers, and to encourage participation and association with the core band.

The Message:  To promote environmental and social awareness, directly relating to the state of Planet Earth and the human condition. The message is one of hope, highlighting that we can make a difference through the power of music.

The UPF Support Network: The Support Network includes Representatives, Promoters, Producers, Musicians, Writers and Artists.

The group of Representatives has been brought together to help promote the band and its values across all parts of the globe.

These Representatives will seek to find suitable sponsors who align themselves with the band’s core values, who may be prepared to provide sponsorship money to the band on the proviso that a percentage of funds are donated to an appropriate charity.

These Representatives are based in several countries in Europe, USA, Canada, Singapore, and of course Australia.

Together with the Representatives and the Collective of creative Artists and Promoters, our Fraternity can help bring about a much needed change in our troubled world.

 Next Steps – We intend to:

  • Mobilise the Representatives to start work on finding sponsors. To this end we will create a Press pack for the ‘Reps’ to use to send to the sponsors
  • Commence work on the second album with a working title of “Planetary Overload”
  • Recruit interested Musicians, Producers and Song-writers to work on the album

The Future Longer term plans are to:

  • Map out venues for the 2017 World Tour
  • Secure venues with the help of our Representatives and Promoters for the tour
  • Have the second album complete prior to the 2016 tour
  • Further work with collaborative musicians:
    • The ‘Hope Project’ (conceived by Mark) with producer Steve Layton and with lyrical ideas by Mark,
      Note: some of the lyric ideas may be used on “Planetary Overload”
    • The “Decameron 3“ with Steve Unruh and Marco Bernard. This will be recorded in 2015.

UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY MISSION STATEMENT 2015 (PDF)


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New Year’s Update

Hello and Happy New Year! Just a little update of what has been going on since Christmas…

We are all trying to throw a positive spin on what happened a fortnight ago with regards to misunderstandings as to credits on the album and some fabricated journalism. These sort things can happen and all though not intentional, they can be misleading and send out the wrong signals…

Some of the members of UPF have now started writing new music for the next album and our mission is to remain focused on the messages that we present lyrically and musically. During the next 12 months, we will be collaborating with many producers and writers along with some very special musicians. We want to make an album that will inspire us all to be better people. It’s going to be fun but challenging.

Stay Tuned – Truey.

 


Christmas Fun and beyond

On the 20th of December members of UPF will be getting together for some Christmas fun, we hope to be chatting with various members of the project along with some surprise guests. As we have members all over the globe, we will be using a form of Skype to communicate. The album continues to get glowing reviews and we are all very proud. Some of the praise should go to Sean Timms,  as he was part of the early process. Travelling Man, Don’t look Back, Intersection, Choices, we wrote together. Meanwhile I have started to write lyrics for the next project tentatively titled “Planetary Overload” which will follow on from the theme of ‘Fall in Love with World’. This project will have many producers which will deliver a more diverse sound. I will be making announcements in the new year stay tuned.  – Truey

 


Announcing International Representatives/Add your album review

We hope to announce our international representatives before the end of the year.
This will include

  • our plans on how we can play in your country in 2016-17
  • Charity Initiatives
  • Sponsorships
  • Follow up album (different sound)

If you wish to write your own review for the latest album, please head to Amazon

AMAZON ALBUM PAGE

It really means a lot to us, and you’ll be helping to spread our message as well as great music!


Album released in Europe/Reviews coming in

The Album has been released in Europe and reviews are coming thick and fast, I must say, on behalf of the team, we are being received really well and I thank Thomas, Jessica, Peter and Freddy for all their hard work. I am still doing many interviews and as the rest of the world receives the album we will pick up the pace. We have recruited several new fans who want to help with our focus to promote environmental change and peace through UPF music

 


Back Home

So now we are all back in our homes safe and sound, and although the tour was cut short we were still able to have a great little promo tour meeting lots of new people and making new friends.

The Album will soon be available, the schedules are 14th November in Europe/UK and 27th in USA, Canada, Asia New Zealand and Australia.The album will also be available on Vinyl in limited Numbers. for Australian fans the special edition version will be released through JBHIFI.

I am currently working ideas for the follow up album and hope to start work on it very soon. I have also been talking to several producers and have enticed Steve Hackett to return on a much larger scale. Nick Magnus Steve’s friend and keyboardist will also be a a part of the new line up of producers.

Other news is that UPF have been invited to make a new song for the 3rd installment of the Decameron, this will feature Marco Bernard on Bass, Steve Unruh, Violin,flutes,Guitars, Tim Irrgang percussion more about this project soon… – Truey

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In response to the signing to Inside Out Music

We are absolutely thrilled to be signed to such a prestigious label as InsideOut and look forward to a long fruitful partnership in the future. We are very proud of what we have achieved with the making of this, the debut album from UPF.
Everyone has worked incredibly hard to bring it together, and while the road we travelled to get here was a real challenge, the journey has been worth every step.  We have strived to create a richer, bolder, grittier sound trying to evolve a little more and we truly believe we have succeeded in this. But none of it would have been possible without the commitment, passion and belief in the vision of the Fraternity from every member of the band and the newly formed UPF family – so now….we really are, all parts of the whole!!

 


United Progressive Fraternity sign to InsideOutMusic

United Progressive Fraternity sign to InsideOutMusic for debut album

InsideOutMusic are very pleased to announce the signing of United Progressive Fraternity for the release of their debut album ‘Fall In Love With The World’ this November. Formed from the ashes of respected Australian progressive rockers Unitopia, the band sees Matt Williams, Dave Hopgood, Tim Irrgang & Mark ‘Truey’ Trueack joined by Guy Manning (Manning), Daniel Mash (Maschine, The Tangent) & Marek Arnold (Toxic Smile, Seven Steps to the Green Door, Cyril, Flaming Row).
The forthcoming album also features guest appearances from Jon Anderson of Yes, as well as Genesis’ Steve Hackett . 

  

 


Album Mastering completed

Today we finished mastering the album! We have just sent it off to our record label (who we will announce later this week). Martin Pullan who mastered the album was very impressed with the production and musicianship, stating that he has never heard anything like this before.
The release date for “Fall in Love with the World” TBA