"(ITP's) latest recording 'How Much More?' really is a tour de force encompassing a variety of music styles around a core theme of Classic American AOR...At times you are listening to a reinvention of classic American Rock before being taken on a journey back to the days of extended 12" remixes or an adventure through inspired guitar solos that shout out 'Prog Rock!'...an album that is a credit to their talent and creativity. Elobeatlesforever (Elobf) recommends 'How Much More?' by Ivory Tower Project to those enlightened folks who enjoy the music of ELO, Jeff Lynne, Roy Wood, The Move, The Idle Race, 'Brum Beat', The Beatles and related artistes."
Click here to read the entire review: http://elobeatlesforever.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/review-how-much-more-ivory-tower-project.html
'How Much More?' by PAUL J WOLFLE in: Music Interview Magazine (New York)
"As far as albums having a genuine message behind the music, look no further because Ivory Tower Project’s: 'How Much More?' has it covered and then some...the 14 compositions emit a retro vibe complete with expertly crafted intros, instrumental solos and vocal work, while a tightly percussive bass and drum battery holds everything together. But this is just the beginning of a deeply, heartfelt story."
Click here to read the entire review > https://musicinterviewmagazine.com/2017/05/10/ivory-tower-project-how-much-is-more/
"How Much More?" by Karen Woodham of Blazing Minds [UK]
"The title track from the forthcoming album opens with a piano accompanied by a dreamy guitar which leads to the vocals that build up the track before it ramps up with a 70s/80s classic pop/rock feel that ties in beautifully with the lyrics."
" 'How Much More?' is certainly a track that has been well produced with love for the sound that fans of ITP have come to love over the years that they have been producing some brilliant tracks. This track is certainly one that opens up the albums and sets you up for the rest of the tracks to enjoy."
Click here to read the entire review: http://blazingminds.co.uk/ivory-tower-project-new-single/
'How Much More?' by Peter Cox of Your Music Blog [The Netherlands]
“(ITP’s) shared love for the music of Styx, Queen, Foreigner or Boston has helped shape this album; ‘How Much More?’…The title track, that starts life as an emotive piano ballad accompanied by crying guitar lines. But it does not take that long before those Melodic Rock references are coming to the fore...Next is the Shakespearean tragedy made into a rock song: ‘The Ides Of March (Et tu Brute?)’. It is also nice to hear the band infuse some prog keyboard influences into their songs…Personal highlights for me are ‘Burning (Full Length Remix) ’, ‘Way To Late (Full Length Remix)’ and the beautiful ballad ’Always’… With 14 tracks and a playing time of almost 70 minutes, there is a lot to offer”.
Click here to read the entire review: https://yourmusicblog.nl/?p=4786
'How Much More?'
by Darcia Helle of SoundwavesReview.com [USA]
"Ivory Tower Project’s style is a throwback to the expansive sound of bands like Styx and Kansas. The band recently released their album 'How Much More?', which is textured rock without the formulaic hooks. This is the kind of layered music meant for listening. And Tony Novarro gives us some killer guitar riffs."
Click here to read the entire review: http://soundwavesreview.com/ivory-tower-project-how-much-more-new-independent-rock/
'How Much More?'
by Jason Ritchie of Get ready to ROCK! [UK]
“The Ivory Tower Project is a true labour of musical love… working on and off on these songs since their debut album ‘Red Hot’ was released in 2008. As the band name suggests they have a love of all things pomp rock citing bands such as Styx, Queen, Foreigner and Boston as major musical influences…It is an interesting mix as ‘The Ides Of March (Et Tu Brute)’ sounds like 70′s Queen… Those Boston influences shine through on ‘Ring Around Rosie’, more in the vocals (Brad Delp) than the Tom Scholz guitar orchestrations, although this song features a suitably gran guitar solo.”
Click here to read the entire review: http://getreadytorock.me.uk/blog/2017/06/quick-plays-abacu5-daniel-trigger-ivory-tower-project/
'How Much More?'
by Gabor Kleinbloesem of Strutter Magazine [The Netherlands]
“The title track ‘How Much More?’ is a classic AOR/Pomp rock song that could well be lifted from a late 1970s/early 1980s record…Fans of acts like: Styx, Zon, Trillion, Thrills, Air Raid, Roadmaster, REO Speedwagon and such will absolutely love this record, which has quite a lot highlights… The Kansas/Styx ‘ish lengthy epic: ‘The Ides of March (Et tu Brute)’, ‘Burning’, ‘Please Tell Me’ and the catchy Survivor ‘ish pure AOR tune: ‘Way Too Late’ (still my favorite Ivory Tower Project ever)… The guitar work is sensational in classic early 80s style and so we can highly recommend this release to anyone who wants to go back in time and hear catchy hooks and memorable choruses like the AOR/Pomp rock bands in the USA.”
Click here to read the entire review: http://strutter.mysite.com/HOTNEWREVIEWS2017July.html
'How Much More?'
by Gary Hill of Music Street Journal.Com [USA]
"To a large degree this feels like something that could have been released in the 1970s or 1980s... 'The Ides of March (Et tu Brute?)' Hard rock and AOR prog (Progressive Rock) blend on this number. There is some classy guitar soloing built into this number...I love the hard rocking sound of ('Way Too Late'). It has a lot of AOR prog elements. It seems to me that fans of 70s prog would be a target audience for these guys....
Click here to read the entire review: http://www.musicstreetjournal.com/cdreviews_display.cfm?id=105813
'How Much More?'
Written by: Lorne Behrman on Indie Artist Magazine - [BC - Canada]
“The songs burst with stirring vocal melodies, soaring vocal harmonies, polished musicianship, heartfelt lyrics, and imaginative arrangements…The title track ('How Much More?') unfolds from a boldly vulnerable piano ballad with smoldering emotionality to an anthemic climax with burly classic rock guitars… 'The Ides of March (Et tu Brute)' ITP manages to create their own niche of Shakespearian rock through melding classic texts with classic rock in the grand theatrical tradition of Queen.”
Click here to read the entire review: http://indieartistsmagazine.com/ivory-tower-project/
By: Paul Anderson of The Entertainment Bank
“The hit record that should have been”… "There is no set in stone formula that ITP follows; they make use of the wide range of colors and styles to create songs that embody the best elements of the the 70s and 80s, and they do it very well.”
Read the entire review: http://theentertainmentbankcd.blogspot.com/2012/07/red-hot-ivory-tower-project.html
Written by: Cyrus Rhodes
“a rare find”…. “as the CD progressed, I actually became more & more impressed with it”…”a blast from the 80’s”
(Ivory Tower Project) “make “Classic Pop/Rock inspired by the great artists of the 70s and 80s.” Immediately I thought of the greats like Chicago, Journey, Foreigner etc, and couldn’t help but check out their sound. I wasn’t disappointed.”
“Listening to this album immediately brings to mind such classic melodic rock bands as Journey, gobs of Survivor, and yes, even a little bit of Axe. If the mention of those bands gets your salivary glands to start working then read on, because what Ivory Tower Project does with their influences places this disc handsomely right next door.”
Quirky NY Chick: The InBox Vol. 1
“If you like your rock with a strong dose of the whole 80's vibe, check them out.”
Listening to Ivory Tower Project is like taking a trip back to the 80s. Every song on Red Hot is destined to make those who grew up in the 80s have Deja Vu. Mark Regula has a voice that will stand up with the best of them and he proves that consistently throughout the disc. If you are a fan of old school 80s rock, this will fit well into your collection…
Read the entire review here: http://community.livejournal.com/mossip/132032.html
Tower Project - RED HOT
Published on Indie-Music.com [USA]
Written By: J. Turner
Holy Cabbage Patch Kids and Marty McFly, the new album from Ivory
Tower Project is a top-notch record. Red Hot is a totally rad,
10-song release that combines elements of classic rock and 80s pop to
capture the music of an unforgettable decade that also brought us mullets
Although Red Hot was released last October, the album has been in the making for more than 15 years. It features a timeless sound that apparently hasn’t been tinkered with in almost as long, single-handedly proving that if you wait long enough, things that go out of style will eventually come back again. This album is retro but relevant and has an overall consistency that fans of any age will appreciate and enjoy.
In case you weren’t sure what sound Ivory Tower Project was going for on this record, they brought in several iconic 80s musicians including Ivan Elias, formerly of Patty Smyth and Scandal, and Richie Cannata, who toured with The Piano Man himself, to do some of the studio work.
And much like the recording sessions, Regula’s songwriting has been heavily influenced by prominent players from the Dundee decade. From Journey and Genesis, to Foreigner and Kansas, the songs on this album, both lyrically and sonically, would fit well among any of that era’s top 40 hits, like a color-coded square on a Rubik’s Cube.
There’s no such thing as too much synth on Red Hot, so haters beware, but I think they’re hot. I also love the face-melting guitar solo around 2:30 on "Burning," the vibes on "Gotcha," the one-part-Prince, two-parts Duran Duran track, "Dreamer," and "Way Too Late," the natural successor to Survivor’s "Eye of the Tiger."
Listening to Red Hot reminds me of everything good about the decade in which I was born, and is even more fun than playing Mario Bros. on your Nintendo, while wearing a Members Only jacket and waiting for your Chia Pet to grow.
Ivory Tower Project – RED HOT
Published on: CrossOver-Netzwerk für Jugendkultur [ Germany ]
By: Georg Lögler
Read the interview here (it’s written in German): http://crossover-agm.de/cdIvoryTowerProject08.htm
Ivory Tower Project: 'How Much More?' - Interview with Mark Regula on ALL Magazine (November, 2016)
by Heather Paige. [pgs: 52-55]
"For Ivory Tower Project, How Much More? is so much more than the title of an album, it is the story of overcoming incredible adversity to pursue their passion for music. Their story is real. It is genuine. It is inspiring..."
To read the entire interview (pgs 52- 55): please click on this link: https://www.joomag.com/magazine/mag/0218894001480434856?page=52
Ivory Tower Project: 'How Much More?' - Interview with Tony Novarro & Mark Regula
with Gary Hill of Music Street Journal.Com [USA]
MSJ: Can you catch the readers up on the history of your involvement in music –
both individually and as a band?
Click here to read the interview: http://www.musicstreetjournal.com/index_interview_display.cfm?id=100781
Interview with Mark Regula on The Josie Show: September 30, 2011
Below are text interviews with the members of ITP:
- Published on: Such Cool Stuff [USA]
- By: Holly Deal
- Published on: Long Island Entertainment News [USA]
- By: John Blenn
- Published in: Space Junkies Magazine [Canada]
- By: Wednesday Elektra