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Your Move was formed by bassist John Nicholson and vocalist David Wilson in the year 2000 after a long musical relationship that began at Berklee College of Music a decade and a half earlier. Both musicians shared a love for 1970's-era progressive rock and a desire to perform that music with a level of precision and faithfulness that no one had previously attempted.
The pair recruited others in their quest and over time the band membership evolved leading to the present day line-up. Guitarist Ray Lambert joined the band in 2002, replacing original guitarist Michael Thomas. Keyboardist Dave Lieb became a member in 2006, replacing original keyboardist Rich Casey. Drummer Tim Flynn joined in 2021, replacing Steve Percoco (2010-2012) and original drummer Darrel 'Max' Maxfield.
Over the course of its first decade, Your Move honed its craft to perfection and entertained many appreciative audiences with performances of progressive rock classics by artists including: Yes, Genesis, Pink Floyd, Rush, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson, The Beatles and Kansas. This progression culminated with an audacious 2008 performance of the classic album from Yes, Close To The Edge, in its entirety.
Athough the band successfully achieved the goals they had originally set for themselves, the demand for a 'pure prog' band amongst New England clubs and venues proved to be a disappointment. In an effort to appeal to a wider audience and increase their performance opportunities, in 2010 the band decided to broaden their repertoire.
As with many music fans of their generation, the members of Your Move cut their musical teeth in the 1970's listening to what was known as AOR radio. Many of the progressive rock artists that the band admired made their fortunes on the shoulders of AOR rock radio. In addition to these artists, there were many other rock and so-called art-rock artists on the same airwaves. Although the members of Your Move loved the 'prog' artists most, they were also huge fans of these other artists as well. The band decided that introducing some of this additional music into their performances would not only be enjoyable but would also help broaden the band's appeal to those beyond the community of dedicated 'prog' fans.
This change saw some of the the band's more obscure 'prog' selections placed into retirement while music from numerous additional artists were introduced. Some of the new artists were: Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Styx, The Who, Elton John, Queen, Steely Dan and others. Additionally, the band continued to perform selections from the acts in their original repertoire, including: Yes, Rush, Pink Floyd, Kansas, Genesis and Peter Gabriel.
The band spent the first half of 2010 learning the new repertoire as well as breaking-in new drummer Steve Percoco and resumed performing in the late Summer of 2010.
The new format was successful and the band continued for two years. But then, at the end of 2012, life got in the way and the members decided to call it quits for a while. At first the pause was expected to be short but, after a while, it began to appear as though it would be permanent.
Then, in the midst of the awful pandemic year, 2020, the band members reconnected and began talks to put the band back together. The band's first rehearsal in nine years took place in September, 2020 and scheduled their first gig in 10 years!
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David came to musical consciousness in 1967 in State College PA, surrounded by the music, politics, and youth culture of Penn State University. His earliest musical influences were The Beatles but the inspiration for his musical career occurred when, at the age of nine, he stumbled upon a garage band in his neighborhood playing a Sly and the Family Stone song.
Fast forward to the age of 14 in Greensboro NC: David started his first band playing original music and went into the studio at age 15 to record 10 songs. The original songs leant themselves more to the melodic and harmonic structures of the Beatles and The Turtles which created a musical contrast to the artists that the crowd he hung with was listening to: Yes, Genesis, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Queen and Jethro Tull.
At age 18 he left home and fronted a touring band for a few years that played throughout the Southern US and in 1982, moved to Lancaster County, PA joining a jazz/rock/progressive ensemble. Over the next two years, he wrote and performed lyrics and vocal melodies for the band. The project ended in a demo being produced for Geffen Records which went nowhere, as they most often do.
At the conclusion of the project (and at the suggestion of its members) David packed off to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music. In addition to studying vocal performance within the school, he came under the tutelage of legendary voice coach, Dante Pavone and remained a student for over six years. It was at Berklee where David hooked up with bassist/vocalist John Nicholson. Their musical interests and natural harmonic vocal blend fueled a solid friendship and musical alliance. However, somewhere around 1988, with nearly half his life spent playing in clubs and bars, David burned out, quit singing, got a sales gig and went off (successfully) to raise a family.
After a 12 year hiatus from the music business, David rejoined John in the New Hampshire basement of guitarist Michael Thomas to try out something new: playing the music they love for no reason other than the love of playing the music. The resulting “Your Move” union has now completed itself and produces some of the richest and most true-to-roots progressive rock New England has to offer.
Bass, 6- & 12-string guitar, vocals
John was raised in a large musical family in Long Island, New York. His father, who has conducted for a Long Island choir for over 30 years, introduced classical musical to his kids and taught each child to play the piano, a wind instrument and sing in his choir. This early classical upbringing would help John’s musical tastes develop and naturally lead him to groups such as ELP, Genesis and Yes.
His older brothers, who played bass and drums, introduced him to a wide variety of musical styles and helped to push him into taking up the bass. Playing the piano and trombone as a teenager wasn't exactly the coolest instrument so John turned his attention towards the bass guitar at age 13.
John played in a high school band with his brother (on drums) covering mostly Yes and other bands of that time. During this time his influences helped shape his melodic playing style. Being strongly influenced by Chris Squire’s unique style and sound it made John regard the bass guitar as a melodic instrument every bit as important as the guitar or keyboards.
John moved to Boston to study Music Production and Engineering at the Berklee College of Music. While attending Berklee, John met Dave Wilson and recruited him for an original project that he was involved with which played the Boston club circuit for five years. Eventually, however, his love for the classic progressive rock of his childhood led him to form Your Move with Wilson.
Ray grew up in a very musical environment: starting on all fours with the sounds of his mother's ever-present radio and continuing through his concert-riddled teenage years and beyond. After two years of under-appreciated organ lessons, Ray begged his parents for a guitar. Grade 7 brought that guitar in addition to 2.5 years of lessons from a local, semi-professional guitarist. Ray stopped the lessons after discovering that his teacher was using the songs Ray learned as "homework" for his own band! Ray proceded with his own self-education thereafter, amassing a wide collection of influences from his own radio, including: Alex Lifeson, Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Adrian Belew and others far too numerous to mention. Things got especially serious when Ray's parents gave him a Music Man half-stack for his eighth-grade graduation present.
In 1983, Ray joined his first semi-professional cover band (with the unfortunate name, "EYZ") playing 60's, 70's, and 80's rock in bars (while still underage). The following year, Ray joined a new band, "Switch", consisting of some former-EYZ'ers playing similar material and venues. Switch was quite popular and gigged often, including two "house band" gigs.
In 1985, Ray joined his first original band, Blue Movie. Based in the Providence, RI area, Blue Movie played regularly throughout the originals circuit of the time in Providence, Newport, Boston and New London, CT, including at such well-known clubs as The Living Room, Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel (both in Providence) and The Channel (Boston). In 1986, Blue Movie released a four-song E.P. (on vinyl) which received some local airplay, especially on local college stations. Blue Movie had a long run and finally disbanded in 1991 over personnel issues.
Ray spent the next seven years concentrating on his career as a software engineer and playing guitar only for his own enjoyment. He wouldn't play in a regular band again until 1999 when he discovered the largely Internet-based contemporary progressive rock movement and was inspired by bands such as Spock's Beard and The Flower Kings. Ray played for about a year with a bass player and drummer from the Saugus, MA area who were also fans of both progressive rock and especially the band Rush (Ray's all-time favorite). The trio worked on original progressive rock music and struggled to find a singer and full-time keyboardist.
Around the same time, Ray was contacted by a former bandmate from Blue Movie who needed a fill-in guitarist for his cover band. The fill-in role ended-up lasting for nearly two years. Playing in two bands at once, Ray was definitely back in the swing of things.
But these gigs eventually ran their course and left Ray idle again......briefly. Until, in 2004, Ray answered the call to join Your Move, excited that his love of playing and love of prog can finally come together!
Keyboards, guitar, vocals
On May 30, 1968, the Beatles recorded 18 takes of "Revolution 1" at Abbey Road Studios, in St. John's Wood, London, England. On the same day across the pond in Newark, New jersey, Dave Lieb was born into a musical, artistic and intellectual family. The first born son of Paula, a brilliant pianist/double bassist, and Murray, a mathematics professor, electrical engineer and audiophile with a huge record collection, would make music his life's passion, not just a hobby.
Violin lessons started at age three and piano lessons from his mom were in the cards by age five. At the same time his father's rock albums (The Who, Moody Blues, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Eagles and Bob Dylan) made Dave want to play guitar as well. The next several years would be a whirlwind of lessons and self-teaching on piano, guitar and drums.
Always having an ear to the FM stations of the mid to late 70s, Dave developed a love for what is now considered Classic Rock. His older cousins, neighbors and friends turned him on to prog groups such as Genesis, Yes, Rush and ELP. Dave spent his youth playing in rock bands, writing original songs on different instruments, and continuing piano lessons. He also became an avid Billy Joel fan and was able to play most of Billy's songs by the time he graduated high school. Then it was off to Boston and Berklee College of Music, where Dave studied Music Synthesis, Film Scoring, and Music Business. His love for prog rock developed further as he played in Rush, ELP and Genesis tribute shows with like-minded prog heads. Early Genesis became a favorite.
The following decade and a half saw Dave become a fixture on the local Boston rock scene splitting his time between several bands (and instruments) performing covers, originals and doing many general business gigs like weddings and private parties. He's currently the keyboardist in The Rudds, a very popular local rock & soul band with a CD earning rave reviews all over Boston, New York, Philadelphia and beyond. Other current or recent bands include Stained Glass Eye (pop/rock originals — bass/keys/vox), The Peasants (punk/rock/garage originals — bass/vox), Brogue (acoustic duo — guitar/vox) and Dave's own original project Red Sea Pedestrians.
Even with all this, something was still missing and now that void has been filled by Dave joining Your Move.
Tim's bio is still at the printers... coming soon...
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