UNITED PROGRESSIVE FRATERNITY’s Mark Trueack: “If You Can Get the Message Across Quickly, and Complex Music to Support It, That’s the Best of Both Worlds”

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Mark “Truey” Trueack created a stir in the prog world with the band Unitopia from down under, which he created with Sean Timms. After he and Timms went their separate ways, rather than form a new band per se, Truey went on to create a collective of rotating musicians called United Progressive Fraternity. First enlisting co-conspirator Steve Unruh, Truey then continues to bring in new guest artists to create music that supports environmental and social activism. Their second album, Planetary Overload – Part One: Loss has just been released with much more to come, and you can read our review of it at this location.

Truey explains “The more people that are involved to help us, whether it be from a musical, artistic, or a networking/media, the better our success will be in this. All
commitments to the UPF project are tremendously valued and we really appreciate all that you do.”

Planetary Overload represents the culmination of more than four years of collaboration with international guest musicians, a team of talented songwriters and arrangers, support from documentary film directors and environmental organizations, endorsements from climate scientists, and features the voices of prominent spokespersons such as Jane Goodall, Sir David Attenborough, Dr. James E. Hansen, David Suzuki, and others. The urgency of the message in Planetary Overload cannot be overstated – “Our entire survival depends on what action humanity takes in the next few years, and the United Progressive Fraternity is striving to create the best musically communicated albums ever made. Together we must make a change to save our distressed planet.”

“Planetary Overload Part 1 – Loss” Album Artwork

In this extended interview, Sonic Perspectives correspondent Scott Medina talks extensively with Truey about United Progressive Fraternity’s mission, the creative process, the state of the world, and the numerous projects that are in the pipeline for the future. For those that love progressive rock and care about the planet, this is an exciting movement to be part of. Remember to subscribe to our Podcast in several platforms to listen and be notified about new interviews and contents we publish on daily basis.


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