Cana­dian prog­gers’ new al­bum Lies And But­ter­flies show­cases the live band.

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Mys­tery re­lease Lies And But­ter­flies, their sev­enth stu­dio al­bum and sec­ond with vo­cal­ist Jean Pageau fronting the band, on July 14. The re­lease was de­lib­er­ately timed to co­in­cide with the Cana­dian prog­gers’ de­but at the Night Of The Prog fes­ti­val in Ger­many.

The band’s founder and lynch­pin Michel St-Père says that Lies And But­ter­flies rep­re­sents a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for the band, build­ing on the suc­cess, and sound, of their pre­vi­ous al­bum, 2015’s Delu­sion Rain.

“We just try to make the best mu­sic that we can at that mo­ment,” he says. “We don’t set goals to achieve any par­tic­u­lar new sound. We just keep go­ing the way that we’ve al­ways been and make sure we do our best when writ­ing and record­ing.”

Lies And But­ter­flies con­sists of seven tracks and is book­ended by two songs, Look­ing For Some­thing Else and Chrysalis, which both ex­ceed 15 min­utes each. St-Père tells Prog that it was a de­lib­er­ate de­ci­sion to show­case the strength of Mys­tery’s live band, which is com­pleted by bassist François Fournier, gui­tarist Sylvain Moineau, key­boardist An­toine Michaud and drum­mer Jean-Sébastien Goyette.

Hav­ing played a se­ries of dates in Europe al­ready this year, Mys­tery’s fur­ther live ac­tiv­ity in 2018 is likely to be con­fined to play­ing the fi­nal night of the Prog­stock fes­ti­val in New Jersey on Oc­to­ber 7, and po­ten­tially some Cana­dian shows. The band are, how­ever, look­ing to re­turn to Europe in 2019.

For more in­for­ma­tion, see www.the­re­almys­


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