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you satisfied with the response to Fountain Of Tears's album?
Mike DiDonato: Yes. When we wrote the music and saw the response of some friends we knew that we had something that was more than just music. They say that they can close their eyes and get caught up in the imagery... kind of like a journey. That's exactly what we want to create for the listener, an epic journey.What's the meaning of the title of the Band and can you tell us a little bit about the stories
behind all the songs?
Mike DiDonato: Well the name Fountain Of Tears is all about emotion, but even a little deeper than that. The music and lyrics we create are meant to invoke emotion through imagery and imagery through emotion. We really want to give people a new musical experience. When I listen to our music it's as if a movie is playing inside my head. Our lyrics are meant to be story-like. Sometimes fantasy, sometimes reality. In either case you will find yourself wanting to know more about the characters in the songs. One song may tell the story of a woman falling in love. Another song may paint images of a dark character in a gothic castle. You just never know.Do you have any personal favorites album's songs?
Mike DiDonato: I don't think I have any real favorites but as a guitarist I would probably go with She Wants To Be and maybe Carousel.Tell us something about Fountain Of Tears Band and how long have you been working
on the album?
Mike DiDonato: Well the band was started as a project by Erik and Jeff. They were playing in a band together when they came up with the idea to form Fountain Of Tears. With Erik on bass and Jeff on keyboards they needed a guitarist. Erik and I had played in a band called Sacrament so we already knew how well we worked together. Jeff played for Sardonyx, which is how he met Erik. So they called me up. We hit it off imediately. Our styles just seem to connect together. Now we needed a drummer so we contacted Joe Daub. Joe had played for Believer and was also a personal friend of ours. When he agreed to join up we needed a singer to complete the line-up. We bounced around a few male singers but it still seemed to be missing something. When Anna tried out for us we all felt that she was perfect. Conflicting schedules prevented us from getting together very often so it took a little longer to put the music together then we anticipated. But when we finished writing the music for this CD it all seemed to fall into place.How does Fountain Of Tears feel about the debut-CD?
Mike DiDonato: We feel very good because it's definately not what you're used to hearing in the music scene.Are there plans for another album?
Mike DiDonato: Yes. We are working on some new ideas.Does the band have plans for tours out side USA.
Mike DiDonato: As things move in the right direction we will be touring inside and outside the US.Can you tell us a name of some Bands that have inspired the group?
Mike DiDonato: It's hard to name any one specific influence. Music is just one element that feeds our influence. Literature and the Arts as well as films are another.How do you think about the Progressive Rock And Progressive Metal climate today?
Mike DiDonato: I think Progressive music is incredible! Sometimes, though, I feel that the scene gets a little stale. There is some really good music being produced out there but there is'nt enough bands doing it.What Do you think about the future of Progressive Rock And Progressive Metal?
Mike DiDonato: I think music as a whole will continue to evolve. Sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse. It's difficult to predict what prog will sound like in a couple of years. Who knows... maybe Fountain Of Tears along with many other bands will be in the forefront of this musical tempest... not following but being followed!
DiDonato - Guitars
its birth, the vision of Fountain of Tears has been to write original music
that is refreshing, inspiring and stimulates the creativity and imagination
of the listener. Founded in 1995 by Erik Neyand Jeff King, the success
of this vision would require the perfect blend of personal, creative, and
musical elements. This blend was achieved through the additions of Joe
Daub and Mike DiDonato.
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