Bob Lord brings prog-rock firmly into the 21st century on Playland Arcade — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
A cornucopia of musical offerings in a range of styles and moods, the album Playland Arcade showcases the boundless creativity, skill and imagination of the Portsmouth, N.H. musician and composer — not to mention the joy and humour he brings to a genre that’s often been critiqued for taking itself too seriously. Along with Lord’s own spellbinding eight-string bass, the album features a roster of high octane musicianship, including drummer Jamie Perkins (The Pretty Reckless) and keyboardist Duncan Watt (composer for League of Legends), with cameos by Ed Jurdi (Band of Heathens, Trigger Hippy) and Andy Happel (Thanks To Gravity).
“I’m a composer and performer by design, and a producer and music executive by accident,” says Lord, “but at the core of it all is my constant urge to expand the definition of creativity, of being an artist, of being a producer, of being a musician.”
Although his career has racked up nearly 1,000 recording and production credits, Playland Arcade is Lord’s first solo album, and unleashes the creativity of a long, rich career in the music industry. Three albums which he executive produced have been nominated for Grammy Awards in the last two years alone, while another held down top slot on the Billboard Classical charts in 2017.
Lord has crossed paths with many of the music world’s luminaries and has played a key role in the industry. In his career, he co-produced the double album Method Music by Lawrence Ball with Pete Townshend of The Who and also produced the music for Wild Symphony, the hit children’s illustrated book and orchestral suite by Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code. In 2015, he was named one of Musical American’s Key Influencers, and with his band Dreadnaught, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, he has shared the stage with artists such as John Entwistle (The Who), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), NRBQ, Eddie Jobson (Roxy Music, Jethro Tull) and many more.