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ONTOLOGICS is an experimental, multi-instrumentalist duo that has been recognized for fusing genres like progressive rock, hip-hop, electronica, and world music into their eclectic debut record Something to Needle Over. Based in Providence, RI, the duo features singer/songwriter, Ian Campopiano, and drummer Matthew Walshe. The album also features three instrumental tracks, dual drum arrangements, and sharp lyricism, which emanates from their energetic live show.
Their latest release, sophomore album, “Drones From Home” (November 6th, 2015 release) features, Pnut/Aaron Wills of 311.
Something To Needle Over has achieved outstanding success on national, specialty, and college radio, reaching #16 on the FMQB Top 200 SubModern chart, breaking into the Top 20. The lead single, “Hologram For The Hollow Man,” charted at #11 on the Alternative Specialty singles charts (KKBB), and at #12 on album charts.
Their debut album spent four consecutive months on the Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine national college radio chart spanning from October 2014 - January 2015 reaching #9, #16, #18, #27.
+Ian Campopiano is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (Lead Vocals/Lyrics, 2nd Drum Kit, Programming, Guitars, Bass, Midi-Controllers, Roland Spds, Korg Wave Drum, Korg Synth);
+Matthew Walshe brings his orchestral precision to complex time signatures (Main Drum Kit, Aux. Percussion, Korg Wave Drum).
Prior to their collaboration , P-Nut of 311 recognized Ontologics' song-writing:
"...The cool thing about 'Ebb and Flow' as the 'Go' demo is that it was covered by a band called Ontologics, who did their own version of it and it kills...I was like, 'Listen to what these guys did. Like they turned this song into like a science fiction masterpiece. And if we can’t beat that, I think we should just do a cover of their song'...”- P-Nut, popdose.com interview (Feb, 2014)
"Tool, 311, Incubus, Limp Bizkit, Pink Floyd… Al Di Meola? ... none of the above bands can boast of incorporating such a wide range of influences – from alt rock, progressive rock, electronica, jazz, and rap to world music – in one single song, but Ontologics can...What’s really amazing about this debut record is that despite the cramming in of these myriads of styles, it never leaves you disoriented. Instead of a tedious maze that leaves one confused, Something To Needle Over is more like an exhilarating rollercoaster ride with lots of twists, turns, and jumps." - DAILYVAULT.COM
Something To Needle Over was named one of the top DIY Albums of 2014 by the Indie Rock Cafe and has received scores of press, reviews, and features.
National & College Radio Charts:
# 1 CMJ on WRFW River Falls, WI
# 9, #16, #18, and #27 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 11 KKBB Singles, # 12 KKBB Albums, # 12 KKBB Singles
# 16 Top 200 Submodern Albums (FMQB)
# 19 CMJ on KRFP Moscow, ID
# 29 and #40 CMJ on WVIA Pittston
National Acts played with: Afroman, Gangstagrass, Godsmack, Michelle Branch
National & International sales: CA, CO, CT, GA, FL, IL, LA, MA, MI, MN, NV, OK, RI, TN, TX, WI, Canada, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom [+]