Chicago’s DISTRICT 97 has just released a trailer for their impending third studio full-length, In Vaults, which showcases the album’s cover art, photos, and clips from several tracks found on the release.
Their third album for Laser’s Edge, In Vaults boasts more than an hour of DISTRICT 97’s unique brew of prog rock, metal, alternative, classical, pop and jazz influences with nine brand new tracks. The album was recorded at IV Lab Studios in Chicago, engineered by Chris Harden with additional engineering by Shane Hendrickson, mixed by Rich Mouser and Jeff Fox at The Mouse House Studio and mastered by Bob Katz at Digital Domain, and features brilliant cover art designed by Björn Gooßes.
The first audio samples from DISTRICT 97’s In Vaults have come to light this week through a trailer for the record which is now playing at THIS LOCATION.
Listen for singles from In Vaults including an official video and more to be leaked in the coming weeks as the album nears official release on June 23rd.
With an energetic and assorted blend of progressive rock, metal and pop influences, DISTRICT 97 was formed in the Fall of 2006 initially as a Liquid Tension Experiment-inspired instrumental rock act before deciding to add a vocalist to complement their sound. Enter 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt. With a look, sound and stage presence comparable to a young Ann Wilson, Leslie’s dynamic performances pushed the band into a new direction that forged a unique marriage between accessible, catchy vocal melodies and an adventurous instrumental prowess. Capturing the attention of Laser’s Edge, the label signed DISTRICT 97 for the 2010 release of their debut album, Hybrid Child, followed in 2012 by their follow-up, Trouble With Machines. Both albums balance meticulous attention to detail and studio-craft with the visceral power of a rock band that is firing on all cylinders, and run the gamut from Meshuggah-inspired metal, the epic majesty of Yes, and the melodicism of The Beatles. Heavy bouts of live performances surrounding both records included a number of high profile festivals, opening support slots for prog icons Kansas, and even European and North American tours with John Wetton (King Crimson/Asia/UK). These spectacular shows saw DISTRICT 97 open with their own material, and then join forces with Wetton for a full set of legendary King Crimson tracks, as memorialized on their joint 2014 live album, One More Red Night.