“Beasties: A Sci-Fi Rock Opera Act One – Impulse” has been released across all digital services soon to be followed by CD and Vinyl releases in early 2023. Act Two is being mixed and will be released in April 2023.
On the brink of planetary destruction, an otherworldly impulse rallies humans and their out-of-control beasties to save terra firma from climate destruction by corporate corruption in the midst of a concert in Central Park.
Written and Produced by Gary Sohmers
Music co-written and orchestrated by Bill Holloman
Dave Bickler, Chris Farlowe, Barrence Whitfield, Liz Proteau, Bill Holloman Jr, Lavon Fisher-Wilson, Bill Holloman and Gary Sohmers
“Beasties: A Sci-Fi Rock Opera” is a story about a rock band that finally has a hit record after years of touring, performing a free concert in Central Park that attracts a huge crowd. But, without telling the band, the promoter sold a sponsorship to a corrupt politician, Dick T.Raitor, who interrupts the concert in an attempt to hijack the audience’s attention. The hero, Grā (pronounced: Gray), currently a stagehand and a retired singer, is affected by an alien intervention from an otherworldly impulse—which infuses within him a schizophrenic identity with special powers—to make humanity aware of their inner Beasties. Two intertwined rock and roll love stories, one between humans and one between the universe and the sci-fi rock known as earth, to save the planet from climate destruction by societal corruption.
The cast concept recording features singers Dave Bickler (Oscar nominated, Grammy winning vocalist of “Eye of The Tiger”) as Grā (an alien impulse from the cosmic universe); British rock star Chris Farlowe (1966 hit “Out of Time” with Mick & Keith, also sings with Jimmy Page, Van Morrison, among others) as the villain Dick T.Raitor; rock n soul singer Barrence Whitfield (of The Savages) as the “star” of the concert, Voice; and new-comer Liz Proteau as the female lead Terra. Orchestrated, arranged and co-written by Bill Holloman (Nile Rodgers, Bruce Springsteen, others). Record mixed by Paul David Hager (Miley Cyrus, Katie Perry, Devo).
Following along the path paved by other cult classics, this cast concept album is just the beginning of a pop culture work of art aimed at saving the planet and humanity from climate destruction and societal corporate corruption. Gary Sohmers crafted a story around these songs in early 2017, having written several of the songs over the course of his life, he wrote 9 new ones, along with 3 novels from the perspectives of 3 of the main characters. Having a 50+ year career in pop culture and showbiz, Sohmers releases his first record since 1980.
Sohmers is well known for his 13 seasons appearing as an appraiser of pop culture on the PBS TV show “Antiques Roadshow” with over 80 appraisal appearances. He is also well known as the producer of the NorthEast ComicCons & Collectibles Extravaganzas, having produced over 300 collectors shows.
Beasties: A Sci-Fi Rock Opera Act One – Impulse tells the first half of the story about our Sci-Fi rock which is expected to become a touring show, landing on Broadway.