Coming from the pool of artists revolving around the New York City-based group W.O.O. Revelator and Sweetstuff Media label, the quintet World of Tomorrow found a unique sound made of funky brass licks, heavy space rocking, and free improv explorations. In the case of co-leader Bonnie Kane, this is about the most accessible, rock-oriented music she's played.
The group's beginnings can be traced back to 1991 when W.O.O./W.O.O. Revelator's Bonnie Kane (saxophone, flute, electronics) played with Scott Prato (bass, vocals) in a short-lived band led by Billy Syndrome. The two clicked and performed occasionally together throughout the decade. In 1995, Kane appeared on Eyeball Sandwich, the final album by Prato's alt-rock group the Thundering Lizards. Action Adventure Systems' leader Cliff Ferdon (drums) heard both of them perform in Von Elmo's band at the CBGB's Christmas show in 1998 and contacted them the next day to put a project together.
Rehearsals began in January 1999. The group experimented with guitarists Sal Musemici and David Romanelli, and trombonist Chris Morrow, but basically remained a trio for the recording of its first CD, Soul Motive, (although these musicians appear as guests). A busy gig schedule around downtown N.Y.C. and Williamsburg (including the Knitting Factory and CBGB's) allowed the musicians to present their own vision of "free space rock" to a following that remained small, but was enthusiastic enough to prompt an invitation from the organizers of the Strange Daze Festival, an important annual space rock event held in Ohio. Before performing there, the group decided to drop the guitars and recruited trumpeter Tim Byrnes. The unit would be rhythm and brass, with Kane's flute and electronics providing the trippy dimension of their music.
Water on Mars, the group's second CD, was culled from live recordings and released in August 2000. It still features Musemici as a guest. III came out in November 2001 and included excerpts from the Strange Daze concert. The group performed again at the 2001 edition of the festival and started touring in New England too. ~ François Couture, Rovi