Fearlessly creative Canadian jazz quartet, Peripheral Vision is launching their third album, Sheer Tyranny Of Will on September 23rd, 2014. “A rules-breaking quartet made up of some of the best modern players around” (CBC), Peripheral Vision extends their no-holds-barred performance aesthetic into the production concept on this album. They brought in mad-scientist engineer, Jean Martin (Barnyard Records) to orchestrate a bigger sound for the record, adding layers of overdubs and studio treatments to the live-off-the-floor recordings. Peripheral Vision has always been a live show band, and the ten new Herring and Scott originals on Sheer Tyranny of Will show what can be gained from years of touring. Since releasing the critically acclaimed album, Spectacle: LIVE! (”propelled with elegant momentum and hearty rations of dynamic interplay”, The WholeNote), Peripheral Vision has toured extensively, started a new collaboration with JUNO award winning pianist, David Braid, and won the Galaxie Rising Star Award at the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Co-leaders Michael Herring (bass) and Don Scott (guitar) delve into their own neurotic psyches for inspiration, finding common themes of neurosis, determination, wry sense of humour, and everyday life. They mix genres like they mix themes, blending classic & modern jazz, and the rock music of their youth. Peripheral Vision is a working band with a long-time rapport - Herring and Scott have been joined by drummer Nick Fraser and tenor saxophonist Trevor Hogg since the band’s inception in 2008. Together, they have been navigating these juxtaposed themes and influences, and it is this long-time musical friendship that gives Sheer Tyranny Of Will its authentic story of determination striving to triumph over the neurotic.