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How Detroit's Discipline created magic with album number five

Detroit’s Discipline don’t have the biggest back catalogue for a band that was born in the late 1980s. But as their new shows, when the quartet hit the ‘record’ button, magic happens

Not many bands are named after a King Crimson album, but then again, Discipline aren’t your average group. Take singer, multi‑instrumentalist and founding member Matthew Parmenter, for example. He wears mime make-up on stage, and has done so for years. And why not?

The Detroit four-piece’s theatrical sound has a befitting sense of drama, with a penchant for masterful melody making interwoven with grand, explorative journeys nodding back to the prog godfathers of yore.

Despite forming in 1987, Discipline’s latest album, Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea, is only their fifth studio effort to date. It’s a welcome addition to their somewhat skinny catalogue, with the group largely dormant in the early 2000s as they slowed things down to focus on life outside music.

“By the time we had done [1997 album] Unfolded Like Staircase, we had been playing for 10 years,” says Detroit native ^Parmenter. “Everybody had families and pressures and we were all trying to focus on multiple things at once. I think it just became a little too much. We had to take a break, and we did.”

The group returned from hibernation in 2011 with To Shatter All Accord, their first studio record for nearly 15 years, and after more live albums – Discipline are prolific purveyors of live recordings and videos – Captives Of The Wine Dark Sea was born.

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