Meet the guys who make the TCP sound..
As both lyricist and vocalist, Henry makes use of any musical territory, often working where few others would ever think of going. With characteristics many find reminiscent of Peter Gabriel, Henry’s distinctive flair for composition and drama make him an unmistakable stalwart of the progressive landscape. His heavily syncopated vocal lines combined with the timing challenges of the band’s music is a fundamental and endearing trait for prog fans. Lyrically, Henry takes the high road, often choosing to communicate concepts with multiple levels of interpretation. He is an accomplished keyboardist found on a number of TCP songs
Henry resides in Pennsylvania.
Known for his rhythmic personality and strong tendency for counterpoint on keyboards, Blake treats listeners to what made Art Rock appear on the radar in the 1970s. Although he’s partial to mellotron, Hammond C3, Moog synths, and pipe organs, no limitations are imposed on what he’ll play and how it should sound. Whether it be serene, quirky or bombastic, Blake takes the opportunistic approach to creating poly-melodic or rhythmic passages. He also holds down the low end in most songs where his bass personality embraces both melodic and rhythmic roles. Blake is also the band’s audio engineer and lives in Colorado.
Jack’s fluid guitar lines combined with his capacity for numerous articulations, styles, and tone make him a versatile force. No stranger to rhythm, he’s as fluent a rhythm player as he is working the leads. His math rock orientation and preference for complex time signatures translates into addictive forays and a vast progressive landscape. Moving from melodic to angular, fluidity is just one of his trademarks. Jack’s drumming follows suit, where his expertise in odd timing and love for polyrhythmic adventures can be appreciated by prog fans of any stripe. Jack occasionally plays bass as well. He lives in Maryland.
Glenn’s ongoing participation and ensuing success of his epic song Vision on the Fantastic Dreamer release directly led to his induction into the band in 2011. Glenn is a prolific composer offering fans easy access into a world of fantastic journeys. He chooses to express his vast creativity in highly melodic structures found most commonly in classic, neo, and post-progressive forms. He excels in developing and performing music that stimulates the imagination and stirs the emotions. The band is counting on Glenn playing a key role in the evolutionary development as production continues with their third album and beyond. Glenn resides in New York.
Note: we recommend these items for more information on the band and our approach:
Reading the Band Insight section below on this page.
Reading the Articles and Interviews in full, available here.
Listening to Henry’s narration of the Fantastic Dreamer album preview. It includes four songs from the album.
Founded in 2008 as a studio project, TCP was initially based on the collaboration of Henry Tarnecky (vocals/keyboards), Blake Tobias (keyboards/bass), and Jack Wright (guitars/drums). In 2011, Glenn Arpino (keyboards) was inducted into the group after his significant involvement with the band's second album release, Fantastic Dreamer. All four members are progressive composers.
TCP is the abbreviated and preferred form of the band's formal name, Temporal Chaos Project. The project aspect of the group implicates the inclusion of special guests which is typical policy. The band’s original logo is symbolic of a world dichotomy - the forces of division between those who work towards general advancement and those who perpetuate conflict via power and control. It seems reasonable to assume most people agree this dichotomy exists. The word temporal has dual meanings: temporary in nature, and - having to do with world affairs.
TCP released their first album, The Way, in May 2009 to a surprising amount of worldwide critical acclaim for a debut album, while also winning spots on several 'best albums of 2009' progressive web site lists. The album took eleven months to complete and culminated in the band signing with 10T Records. A sophomore release came in mid 2011, entitled Fantastic Dreamer, which enjoyed both enthusiastic fan and music critic support. The band hit 'best progressive albums of 2011' lists in Spain, Netherlands, UK, and the US, garnering acclaim from numerous music writers worldwide. One enthusiastic critic wrote: "After the amazing The Way (2009), these brilliant 'Yankee' minds have delivered a masterpiece. Fantastic Dreamer is a treasure chest full of well-crafted rich progressive music". In 2016, TCP released their third album, Temporal Chaos, currently in its initial phase.
Without a doubt, TCP is easily recognizable by the unique refined grittiness of its talented front man Henry Tarnecky, leading to most frequent voice comparisons with Genesis-era Peter Gabriel and Marillion-era Fish. Henry is also an accomplished keyboardist heard mostly in TCP songs he has personally composed. In addition, word duties fall solely on Henry as the band's resident poet. He is revered for churning out lyrics listeners connect with, but often have a pronounced depth of meaning. His combination of contributions lead to critic comments such as, "Henry literally splashes the album with his talent, whether with his compositions, his lyrics or his voice." As a vocalist who pens all his vocal lines, Henry makes just about any musical landscape fertile and alive, often working turf few vocalists would consider viable. His syncopated vocal line preference and sense of drama is a fundamental and endearing trait, as is the ability to offer a "completely unique aspect to his voice that is simultaneously unnerving and beguiling".
Blake, who doubles on keyboards and bass, could be considered the founding member of TCP. After meeting both Jack and Henry on the internet in late 2007, he put forth the proposal in early 2008 to form a legitimate band and aim at producing their first album. On keyboards, Blake is known for his twisting leads, rhythmic style, and an acute knack for melodic counterpoint, widely ranging from subtle to bombastic; an attitude that "continually moves the music along and pushes its boundaries". His favorite sounds come from mellotron, Hammond C3, Moog synths, and pipe organs, although he considers no sounds off limits. In the low-end department, Blake favors the six-string bass and tends toward the melodic role, although is equally at home with rhythmic and poly-rhythmic support roles. He is also responsible for TCP's audio mixing and engineering.
Jack provides a very uncommon dual role for the band, contributing both guitar and drum performances. One critic notes: "enter the second point of note in TCP's arsenal - the guitar work". Jack's math-rock orientation favors odd time signatures, often translating into addictive forays and a vast progressive landscape. His schizophrenic playing ability leads to baffling descriptions of style: "Wright’s intelligent guitar work owes a debt to Steve Howe (circa Topographic Oceans) although overall his technique is difficult to pigeon hole, cross cutting between prog, blues, and hard rock". Another critic notes a "spacey vibe, and David Gilmour style guitar", while another just proclaims "the guitar of Jack Wright sings and sears". Many don't know that he is also a trained drummer, and the same creativity and versatility shown on guitar also appears in Jack's drumming. Ranging from austere to complex polyrhythms over odd time signatures, he routinely "reveals himself to be a more than competent drummer."
TCP's newest member, Glenn, first appeared as a special guest on The Way where he played mellotron on the song Sheep, and in four different tracks on the Fantastic Dreamer album. It caused one confused music critic to complain, “why Glenn Arpino is not a permanent member of the trio is beyond me. He plays on three tracks, but is also the composer of the nearly 14-minute finale ‘Vision’, which incidentally is an exciting track that deserves more than its length". Critic comments such as, “[Vision] should genuinely be held up as a progressive rock classic and is everything you could want in an epic closer. So far my favorite song of the year", caused quite a stir, generating significant positive sentiment- as the band hoped it might. These strongly positive reactions became a key impetus for Glenn to make a continuing commitment to the band. He is an excellent keyboardist and a prolific writer who for many years has collaborated with numerous musicians, including Jon Anderson, former front man for Yes. Glenn is now a key fourth composer and player in TCP.
Band members place a premium on close collaboration and joint production decisions and have been credited for combining "the best characteristics of the legends in prog music with astonishing original compositions and superb craftsmanship", along with a style where "the new and old are greatly united, as this classic prog gets a good injection of more modern musical ideas". So too is their unique way of musical expression amid changing landscapes, focused melodies, and twisted time signatures, prompting Progression Magazine to state: "Shallow thinkers need not bother". Other critics' descriptions attempt to pinpoint and define the band's style and sound:
"Dark and light, moody and joyful, simple and multifaceted, dissonant and melodic, these ambiguities and more could be used to describe the music of TCP and even then I would be barely scratching the surface"
“TCP enchants the audience for various reasons: an excellent sound, original compositions, superb flights, Mellotron...a unique sound exploring the depths of art and progressive rock"
"TCP is a band to be looked upon as really moving this 'neo' genre forward"
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Progressive music is musical freedom. In some ways it can be considered the Anti-Pop ; a revolt against the notion that music should be made to fit some formulaic need for the chronically impatient general populace, or should be fully absorbed on the first listen. In this respect, progressive is more akin to classical composition than to radio friendly songs the broadcast industry has pushed for so long.