Greylevel are a progressive rock band from Vancouver, Canada which was formed by Derek Barber in 2001. While broadly falling in the progressive rock genre, their music is also associated with both psychedelic rock and art rock with influences as diverse as Pink Floyd, Talk Talk, Peter Gabriel, Arvo Pärt and Porcupine Tree.
The band initially began as solo music project for Barber, who played keyboards, bass, guitars and sang lead vocals. Throughout this early period Barber worked on developing his style of composition through writing and recording a collection of songs. There were various demos that were created during this time, some of which feature early versions of songs that would eventually be released on Opus One.
In 2005, Derek was joined by Richard Shukin on guitars and Esther Barber on vocals and the trio recorded their debut album together as a unit. Upon completion of the album in 2006, Greylevel was subsequently signed to ProgRock Records who released the album on their label in January 2007.
After the release of Opus One, Greylevel was joined by Tyler Friesen on drums and Davis Friesen on bass. Together, the band began working on material that would ultimately become the follow-up release to Opus One. This new material was completed in demo form in 2009 after which the band entered the studio and recorded the full production through 2010. This sophomore release, entitled Hypostatic Union, was completed in late 2010 and scheduled for an international release in early 2011.
Derek Barber (Vocals, Keyboards, Rhythm Guitars, and Programming),
Richard Shukin (6 and 12 String Guitars, Lead Guitars),
Esther Barber (Vocals and Keyboards),
Davis Friesen (Bass),
Tyler Friesen (Drums and Percussion)
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