7th Order

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7th Order
Origin USA
Genres Rock and roll, blues rock, progressive rock
Years active 2002 – present
Labels Big Island Sounds
Associated acts Armageddon, Steamhammer, Vicious Rumors, Randy Hansen's Machine Gun
Website 7thorder.com
Members guests & personnel:
Geoff Thorpe
Tim Kelliher
Adam Gross
Martin Pugh
Daniel Jones
Benjamin Hadley

7th Order is an American progressive rock & roll band whose debut "extended play" CD release, The Lake of Memory, was issued on the Big Island Sounds[1] label.[2] The band has, at various times, been assisted by veteran British guitarist Martin Pugh[3] (of Steamhammer, "The Rod Stewart Album",[4] and Armageddon), drummer Tim Kelliher (of Randy Hansen's Machine Gun), and legendary American rock guitarist Geoff Thorpe[5] (of Vicious Rumors). Reviewers have recognized their particular sound as reminiscent of blues-rock bands like The Rolling Stones & The Yardbirds, with progressive undertones ala Led Zeppelin.[6]


7th Order's pre-history began in Honolulu, Hawaii, where key participants first met in the 1960s[7]). The actual band itself evolved from studio sessions organized in California/Washington beginning in 1999 - the band has identified their influences to be the blues/rock & roll innovators of the '50s and '60s[8] - in a radio interview on Radio Heemskerk,[9] Netherlands in August 2003,[10] band members discussed spending younger days playing in various bands around the US, crossing paths with icons of the rock & roll scene like Jesse Ed Davis, Mick Taylor, B.B. King, Peter Green, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roger McGuinn, Eric Clapton and others (detailed on their Myspace page) before actual 7th Order recording sessions began in 2001.[11]

While 7th Order had received worldwide recognition via radio and TV[12][13][14] exposure since 2003, their progress was reportedly derailed by the death of a band member's 23 year old son (by drug overdose) in November 2004.[15] The band then opted to delay their debut release, "The Lake of Memory" (the title song having been inspired by a line from the writings of Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner[16]), but had to withstand yet another tragic setback: their manager and longtime friend, Steven B. Williams, was murdered off of Santa Catalina Island, California in May 2006[17] (Williams had previously been a successful rock radio DJ on stations like Denver's KBPI and Honolulu's KIKI (AM)) though the CD release did eventually take place a few years later (albeit with some incorrect credits on the sleeve).[18] The personnel involved at this point included Daniel Jones (not Daniel Jones of Savage Garden), who wrote & sang all of the band's material - alongside guests Martin Pugh and Geoff Thorpe on guitars, Benjamin Hadley on bass, and both Tim Kelliher and Adam Gross played drums. Confusion about credits (who was technically 'in the band') emerged as the result of clips from a promotional video segment (and the resulting "stills" taken from the session), as some acquaintances of the band had simply acted as "stand ins" for the video shoot (Thorpe and Pugh were not available to participate), and they were never formal band members.[19]

Current activities[edit]

As far as 7th Order's present status...the band's web site states that finishing touches have been put on a new "extended play" CD single, titled "Road to Yerevan".[20] Other evidence of what the future for the band may be is found in the ASCAP[21] database, which lists several compositions that are not on the released 7th Order CD's - it therefore seems possible that these previously unknown songs may be destined for a later 7th Order release, as was stated by the DJ in a radio broadcast of the "AIP show" on CKWR in Ontario, Canada[22] on 3/18/12. In addition, a broadcast on 5/1/09 originating from KKCR radio on the Hawaiian island of Kauai had featured several station ID promos (seemingly recorded for one of the station's yearly "fund drives"), done by a band member introduced as "...of 7th Order", indicating that they did still exist as a band. Members are also known to have autographed copies of The Lake of Memory CDs for attendees of a benefit motorcycle run[23] for Aseltine School[24] (a school that "helps meet the educational needs of emotionally disturbed and learning disabled students from throughout San Diego County") in San Diego, California - held on July 22, 2011. The title track from the latest 7th Order extended play CD single release has been played and discussed on radio shows on RTRFM in Perth, Australia:[25] a band original written by Jones/Pugh titled "Road to Yerevan" on 12/25/11 - additionally heard in recent radio broadcasts (2011–13) around the world is a live medley (taken from an audience tape recorded in Keaau, Hawaii) of Tommy Bolin's "Wild Dogs" and Roger McGuinn's "Ballad of Easy Rider".[26]


The Lake of Memory EP[edit]

7th Order: "The Lake of Memory" CD
7th Order: "The Lake of Memory" CD

  1. The Lake of Memory - 7:38
  2. Lazarus - 4:48
  3. Force of Nature Comes Down - 3:40

Αll titles: (Jones) 2003-06@7th Order Songs (ASCAP)

Road to Yerevan EP[edit]

7th Order: "Road to Yerevan" CD
7th Order: "Road to Yerevan" CD

  1. Road to Yerevan (Jones/Pugh) - 8:08
  2. Powderkeg (Jones) - 3:15
  3. Live Acoustic Medley - 2:58

Sound recordings copyright 2012@Big Island Sounds, all rights reserved


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