BIOGRAPHY : PROJECT is a rock band from France. Their music is a panel of rock and hard rock, with blues and heavy elements. The band’s influences are mainly Anglo-Saxon: Deep Purple, Bon Jovi, Whitesnake, Van Halen, Dream Theater…
PROJECT was formed in the mid-90s by Philippe Merlen (keyboards/guitars) and David Clabaux (guitars) who shared the same vision in these grungy times: make melodic hard rock great again!
After a first EP « Reach For The Sky » (1997) well received by the specialized press (Hard-Force Magazine), the band was joined by Jérôme Willocq (drums) in 1999.
In 2002, the band was nevertheless forced for various reasons to interrupt its activities.
PROJECT returns in 2008 and » Riding Free« , the band’s first LP, is out in 2013.
Album #2 « Chapter III » (2016), which received great reviews from the press, comes with a live DVD filmed in 2013. « Off The Road » (2019) is an acoustic EP with a mix of new songs and older tracks. The EP got rave European reviews and permitted the band to enlarge its fan-base.
Health issues within the band in 2019 then followed by the covid pandemic stopped the momentum. Time had come to start working on a new record!
Designed and refined during the pandemic, “The Awakening” (2023) is their fifth record. The themes covered are diverse: love of course, fun above all, but also mourning as well as various societal subjects. Get ready for a 45 minutes whirlwind of rock emotions!
A must-listen for all rock/hard-rock fans with an appetite for memorable melodies and flamboyant solos, led by an explosive rhythm section!