Beauty in Chaos debut LP features members of The Mission, The Cure, Cheap Trick, Ministry.
Preview first single ‘Storm’ ft. Ashton Nyte
LA-based Beauty in Chaos has announced the debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’. Born of frustration and creativity, this is an audio assemblage curated by LA-based guitarist Michael Ciravolo and produced by Michael Rozon. This colossal work is previewed by the lead single ‘Storm’ featuring Ashton Nyte (The Awakening, MGT).
The debut album ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ features numerous luminaries in the music world, both as co-writers and performers. Apart from Ashton Nyte, these include Wayne Hussey (The Mission), Simon Gallup (The Cure), Robin Zander (Cheap Trick), Al Jourgensen(Ministry), Pete Parada (The Offspring), dUg Pinnick (Kings X), ICE-T(Body Count), Michael Aston (Gene Loves Jezebel), Michael Anthony (Van Halen), Dirk Doucette (Gene Loves Jezebel), Pando (A Flock of Seagulls), Evi Vine (Evi Vine), Betsy Martin (Caterwaul / Purr Machine), Marc Danzeisen (The Riverdogs), Kevin Kipnis (Purr Machine / Kommunity FK), Rudy Matchinga (Red Scare), Johnny Indovina (Human Drama), and Tish Ciravolo (Stun Gun).
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Photos by Eloisa Limon. Cover artwork by Sarah Sheriff
“I look at this as an evolving entity that I am the ‘curator’. For this album, ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’, I am the only guitarist and no keyboards are used, but you will hear loads of textures created from guitars and effect pedals. This is a convergence of textures and styles that I envisioned blossoming,” says Michael Ciravolo.
“Assembling, or in some cases, disassembling beautiful soundscapes, melodies and chords, while injecting harsh bursts of sonics … or visa versa. Light in the dark, dark in the light is the contrast that helps in realizing the goal of creating something musical that is also very visual and cinematic.”
Originally from New Orleans and now based in Los Angeles, Michael Ciravolo has played guitar in Human Drama for the past 30 years, most recently on ‘Broken Songs for Broken People’ (2017). Perhaps best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research, he has also played live and recorded with Michael Ashton’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998, along with Tish Ciravolo (wife and founder of Daisy Rock Guitars).
The lead track ‘Storm’ was co-written with and features vocals by Ashton Nyte, who also collaborates on another two tracks on this album. This, like many of the tracks on this album, features layers of alternative rock bliss, crowned by powerful and penetrating vocals.
The video for this track was produced by Industrialism Films and directed by Vicente Cordero.
“Working with Michael and Ashton was a marvelous journey from start to finish.. to this day is probably one of the best songs I have ever had the pleasure to work with,” says Cordero
“Ashton writes amazing lyrics, which is why our collaborations come together so easily in my opinion; sounds and textures working in context with lyrics. We are acutely aware that ‘storms’ come into everyone’s life at some point. We are simply thrilled with how Vicente helped us visually portray this with just a dab of rock n’ roll elements,” explains Michael Ciravolo.
‘Storm’ was co-written with and features vocals by Ashton Nyte, who also collaborates on another two tracks on this album. This, like many of the tracks on this album, features layers of alternative rock bliss, crowned by powerful and penetrating vocals. Originally from South Africa, Ashton Nyte is a pioneer of alternative music in his home country. The frontman of The Awakening, he recently collaborated with Mark Gemini Thwaite (Peter Murphy, The Mission) on MGT’s debut solo album, not a surprising collaboration considering The Awakening’s extensive touring experience with The Mission.
“Storm is essentially a song about seeking a light in the proverbial dark, destructive and tediously distracting world we find ourselves in. I liked the visual idea of creating a performance space that was undefined, atmospheric and indicative of the turmoil of a storm, without being too literal. For narrative, we added a selection of vignettes that deal with some of the frustrations, diversions and temptations of the modern world,” says Ashton Nyte.
Excerpts from three tracks off the album can also be previewed on the Beauty in Chaos website. These include ‘Man of Faith’ (featuring Wayne Hussey and Simon Gallup), ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ (featuring Ashton Nyte), and ‘I Will Follow You’ (featuring Evi Vine).
1. ROAD TO ROSARIO ft. Michael Aston
2. STORM ft. Ashton Nyte
3. MAN OF FAITH ft. Wayne Hussey & Simon Gallup
4. 20th CENTURY BOY ft. Al Jourgensen
5. DRIFTING AWAY ft. Robin Zander
6. MEMORY OF LOVE ft. Johnny Indovina
7. LOOK UP ft. Tish Ciravolo
8. UN-NATURAL DISASTER ft. dUg Pinnick & Ice T
9. THE LONG GOODBYE ft. Wayne Hussey
10. BEAUTY LIES WITHIN ft. Johnny Indovina
11. BLOODLESS AND FRAGILE ft. Ashton Nyte
12. I WILL FOLLOW YOU ft. Evi Vine
13. HELIOTROPE ft. Betsy Martin
14. FINDING BEAUTY IN CHAOS ft. Ashton Nyte
This record was mostly recorded and fully mixed at Ciravolo’s SAINT in LA Studio by Michael Rozon, who Ciravolo says “is a world-class engineer, mixer, producer and musician, who pushed me to give my better-than-best on every note. A true sound alchemist, he encouraged me to explore the sounds and textures in my mind.”
In addition to the full version of ‘Storm’, which is now available in streaming, excerpts from three tracks off the album can already be previewed on the Beauty in Chaos website. These include ‘Man of Faith’ (featuring Wayne Hussey and Simon Gallup), ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ (featuring Ashton Nyte), and ‘I Will Follow You’ (featuring Evi Vine).
‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ will be released on September 21. It will be available on vinyl via 33.3 Records and digitally across online stores and streaming platforms. It can already be pre-ordered via Bandcamp.
Ashton Nyte – vocals
Michael Ciravolo – guitars, electric bass
Michael Rozon – drum programming, electric bass
Dirk Doucette – live drums
Recorded, mixed and produced by Michael Rozon
Additional recording by Ashton Nyte