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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 jazz with sharp lyricism and an explosive live presence. Based in Providence, RI, the duo features singer/songwriter, Ian Campopiano and drummer, Matthew Walshe.

Their latest release, sophomore album, Drones From Home (11/06/15) features PNUT/Aaron Wills of 311.

Prior to working with Ontologics, PNUT said of the duo, “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, referencing “Go” demo

Ontologics is currently recording a new album (LP III), featuring two new songs with Aaron Wills (P-Nut of 311).

Release Date: TBA 2019


Ontologics’ debut album and sophomore release reached the Top 30 on the Relix Magazine/ Jambands.com national college radio chart for over three consecutive months and breaking the Top 10 with both records. The band achieved outstanding success on national specialty radio, reaching #16 on the FMQB Top 200 SubModern chart and #11 on the Alternative Specialty singles chart (KKBB).


Albums, Something To Needle Over, and Drones From Home have received scores of reviews and features noting their eclectic artistic depth and exploration of genre blurring.

"Ontologics prove masterful on Drones From Home...Cruising into a psychedelic territory, the duo creates an intriguing soundscape that reflects the thoughts inside the human mind." - Bill Copeland Music News


"There was never a doubt regarding the phenomenal musical ability of this outfit, but to exploit this skill fully and translate it into an album as brilliant as their debut requires equally skillful songwriting chops...the musicianship on par with its predecessor and even the songwriting is every bit as good...” - Daily Vault


"All of it is highly structured, and has for me, the feel of the jazz-inflected work of Frank Zappa, where precision, mixes with a restless, fidgety approach to the melody and song structure." - DPRP (Dutch Progressive Rock Page)

“...some will hear rock influences from groups like...Rage Against The Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Others will hear more psychedelic rock influence by groups like Pink Floyd. And still others will hear some jazz-fusion influence reminiscent of guitar great Al Di Melola on tracks like 'Stretch Armstrong.' Ontologics' lyrics show a sort of political and social awareness by Campopiano and Walshe." - Roots Time, Belguim


Something To Needle Over was named one of the top DIY Albums of 2014 by the Indie Rock Cafe.

Drones From Home was featured by ProgSphere in a Q & A Interview titled "Dynamic Alterations" in February 2017.

National Acts performed with: Afroman, Gangstagrass, Godsmack, Michelle Branch.

National & International sales: AL, AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, LA, MA, MI, MN, NV, PA, RI, TN, TX, VT, WI, Canada, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, UK

NATIONAL & COLLEGE RADIO CHARTS:

National & College Radio Charts:

Drones From Home
# 1 CMJ - KXUL, LA
#7 CMJ - WKKL, MA
#7 CMJ - WUMF, ME
#21 CMJ - WRST, WI
#26 CMJ - SCAD, GA
#27 CMJ - WCFM, MA
#9 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
#22 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
#29 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
#37 FMQB Submodern Top 200 Albums
#67 FMQB Submodern Top 200 Tracks
#11 KKBB Top 100 Songs
#14 KKBB Top 100 Artists

Something to Needle Over
# 1 CMJ on WRFW River Falls, WI
# 9 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 11 KKBB Singles
# 12 KKBB Albums
# 12 KKBB Singles
# 16 Top 200 Submodern Albums (FMQB)
# 16 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 18 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 19 CMJ on KRFP Moscow, ID
# 27 Top 30 Jambands.com/Relix Magazine
# 29 CMJ on WVIA Pittston, PA
# 40 CMJ on WVIA Pittston, PA

Chronological (2014-Present)

PRESS & FEATURES

02/21/2017

ProgSphere

..."Prog Sphere talked with Ian about their work, the record, and future plans.

Define the mission of Ontologics.

Make unique records, have an extensive discography, and differentiate ourselves from the sea of noise."

http://www.prog-sphere.com/interviews/ontologics-interview/

05/12/2016

The Dutch Progressive Rock Page - Album Review "Drones From Home"

"I definitely suggest this album as listening for everyone. It is not merely for rap lovers, nor specifically for nu-metal lovers. Even less for progressive rock fans. It's potentially for everyone!"

http://www.dprp.net/reviews/2016-018.php#ontologics


04/20/2016

Bill Copeland Music News - Album Review "Drones From Home"

"Ontologics prove masterful on Drones From Home"

"Cruising into a psychedelic territory, the duo creates an intriguing soundscape that reflects the thoughts inside the human mind."

http://www.billcopelandmusicnews.com/2016/04/ontologics-prove-masterful-on-drones-from-home/


03/30/2016

Ontologics Interviewed by Wheelers Weekend Jams LIVE AND DIRECT

"Wheelers Weekend Jams chats with the guys from Ontologics. This Skype interview talks about their latest album, 'Drones From Home.' We all also discuss how their albums have evolved, working with P-nut from 311, favorite gear and much more. Thank you for watching this interview."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCvLifbzc_U


02/12/2016

Daily Vault - Album Review "Drones From Home"

"There was never a doubt regarding the phenomenal musical ability of this outfit, but to exploit this skill fully and translate it into an album as brilliant as their debut requires equally skillful songwriting chops...the musicianship on par with its predecessor and even the songwriting is every bit as good...Drones From Home certainly has a more proggy sound because of the muscular guitar-driven music, which also means lead vocalist Ian Campopiano's passionate rapidfire vocals and drummer Matthew Walshe's insane drumming are more hard-hitting than ever from start to finish."

http://www.dailyvault.com/toc.php5?review=8961


01/01/2016

Roots Time, Belgium (translated) International review of "Drones From Home":

"On Drones From Home, some will hear rock influences from groups like...Rage Against The Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Others will hear more psychedelic rock influence by groups like Pink Floyd. And still others will hear some jazz-fusion influence reminiscent of guitar great Al Di Melola on tracks like "Stretch Armstrong." Ontologics' lyrics show a sort of political and social awareness by Campopiano and Walshe."

http://rootstime.be/


Top 40 - RADIO XENU: Drones From Home track, "Call It Collateral" (2015)

12/20/2015


Camel Let Go, Japan (translated) International review of "Drones From Home":

"This work "Drones from Home" is full album of the second work. Based on the hip-hop, progressive rock, world music, jazz, of Ontologics a mix of electro sounds, we finished in a unique avant-pop...gradually tilted to the strange pop from reggae "Drones from Home" and, instrumental space rock tone "Stretch Armstrong", dry slash-pop "A Wizard's Touch For All You Skeptics", such as it is addictive clarity."

http://camelletgo.blogspot.com/2015/12/ontlogicsband.html


11/27/2015

Crash And Ride Music reviews "Drones From Home"

"Crash and Ride Music's favorite prog-hop band...Drawing upon influences of progressive rock and jazz, "Drones From Home" again dazzles its listeners with its distinctive and fresh sound..."

http://www.crashandridemusic.com/2015/11/27/album-review-ontologics-drones-from-home/


04/01/2015

Ontologics and their debut album, "Something to Needle Over" are listed on allmusic.com.


03/01/2015

Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over", is featured in the March issue of Relix Magazine on the Top 30 Jambands.com radio chart. This is their second appearance in the magazine.


02/18/2015

Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over" becomes available on PANDORA Radio.


01/22/2015

Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over", broke the Top 30 for four consecutive months at Jambands.com/Relix Magazine; this time at #27.


01/02/2015

Ontologics' album, "Something to Needle Over", was voted one of the Top DIY Albums of 2014 by the Indie Rock Cafe.

http://www.indierockcafe.com/2015/01/top-diy-rock-songs-albums-of-2014-vol-iii-north-by-north-wrong-body-fein-rhino-house-band-hemmit-sam-burchfield/


01/01/2015

Ontologics' song, "Something to Needle Over", made the RX (Radio Xenu) Top 40 Songs of 2014, coming in at #28.


12/28/2014

Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over", broke the Top 30 for three consecutive months at Jambands.com/Relix Magazine.


12/23/2014

Pnut of 311 gives Ontologics some major props in an NECR interview from July.

An excerpt can also be found on the Ontologics' Youtube Channel.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ja4IaedOaWA


12/14/2014

The Dutch Progressive Rock site (DPRP) reviews Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over".


"All of it is highly structured, and has for me, the feel of the jazz-inflected work of Frank Zappa, where precision, mixes with a restless, fidgety approach to the melody and song structure."


11/23/2014

Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over" is #9 on Top 30 at Jambands.com and will be featured in the January/February 2015 edition of Relix Magazine.


10/21/2014

Ontologics' debut album, "Something to Needle Over" is #16 on Top 30 at Jambands.com/Relix Magazine.


9/17/2014

The Dutch Progressive Rock site (DPRP) reviews "Dug Until the Rest Could Drink" from the Ontologics' album "Something to Needle Over."


"Intriguing combination of world music influences, complicated time signatures and intricate interplay, with singing that is almost rapping. Interesting! " and " Ahh, great! A fusion of hip hop and progressive music, something I've always wanted to hear. No sarcasm! Bring your popcorn, it's an interesting ride."


-Top 5 for RT

1. Ontologics - Dug Until the Rest Could Drink

2. The Moonling - D.ex.M

3. The Main Sequence - Noon to Evening, Dome Sector 4

4. Jackal - Big Top

5. Jason Rubenstein - Walking on Hot Sand

http://www.dprp.net/reviews/201471.php


8/4/2014

Prog-sphere features Ontologics' track on new Progressive Rock/Progressive Metal compilation.

Ontologics' track "Dug Until the Rest Could Drink" has been featured on a Progressive Rock/Progressive Metal compilation released by Prog-sphere. The compilation is titled Progstravaganza XX Landmarks. You can find more information here.


6/20/2014

NEW PROG ROCK RELEASES features "Something to Needle Over" album!


Ontologics' album, "Something to Needle Over" is featured on The New Prog Rock Releases Blog.


6/13/2014

DAILY VAULT reviews "Something to Needle Over" album!


"Tool, 311, Incubus, Limp Bizkit, Pink Floyd… Al Di Meola? Well, traces of Al Di Meola in Ontologics’ music might not be that apparent; however, if one were to pick a song from each of the rest of the aforementioned bands and stitch them together, the resulting collage will make up a typical Ontologics number. If that’s not overwhelming enough, 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.....The production and mixing quality on this record is simply outstanding. This duo is a dynamite, and they explode thunderously on this debut."


3/23/2014

Ontologics, SOMETHING TO NEEDLE OVER, described as a cool instrumental album on Seth's Rock Report!


3/22/2014

Interview on KCR Radio San Diego State University, with Rick Keyes on the "Music Caravan" Eclectic Show!! Check it out here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jD8Z7cgk59Q&feature=youtu.be


2/27/2014

Ontologics mentioned in 311 article, interview with Pnut at popdose.com!


"...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 played it for Scotch before we started writing the lyrics and the melody to set the bar. 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'..."

http://popdose.com/a-conversation-with-p-nut-of-311-and-wil-dog-of-ozomatli/


2/24/2014

RedLionSoul Review


"...from crunched up guitars to floaty synth drops, shredding solos and even glockenspiel sections, something to needle over is an intense orchestra of styles and sounds. get it into your ears already."