Try keeping a secret in the age of the diode” (from Circuit Court)

ONES & ZEROS: the building blocks of data in our modern world. Our internet is made of it-our governments in thirst to find out what everyone’s doing with it…

“from the quaintest living room to a huge industrial boom we thank it’s name

Let’s just hope he’s nice” (from The Best & Brightest)

ONES & ZEROS put to the test. Ultra-Artificial Intelligence out of control? Where’s the rulebook for countries to play by?

Who’s going to have the first one? What will they do with it?

“I never thought my chances of contentment would be determined by a transistor” (from This Is The Future)

ONES & ZEROS inside us all. Making us…”better”. Who wants to improve? Should we all? Will we be made to?

How much would you take from your very own children…for more life would you spare any cost?” (from Life At Any Cost)

ONES & ZEROS extending life until the decision to join a digital mausoleum…a final “home in the clouds”…


These are various aspects of our future possibly on their way to becoming commonplace. These are the things on the mind of 3RDegree and make up its fifth and first full concept studio album ONES & ZEROS: vol. 1-their first for label 10T Records. All songs offer a unique take on the issues and ethics associated with the rapid progress of technology. Ray Kurzweil & others have been discussing futurism and transhumanism since the 1970s but only now are we seeing it impact our daily lives. Spearheaded by 1990’s-era members California guitarist Patrick Kliesch & New Jersey lead vocalist/keyboardist George Dobbs, the rest of the band shortly pitched in different songs-all closely associated with the overall theme. As with previous albums, both fully-fledged and skeletal ideas were created and passed between band members via the Internet and worked on in the flesh soon after.


ONES & ZEROS: vol. 1 continues to embody the musical direction envisioned by band founders Robert James Pashman & Patrick Kliesch in 1990: to create interesting and engaging music that mixes accessible melodies and catchy hooks with the intelligence and complexity of Progressive Rock. Releasing a debut cassette in THE WORLD IN WHICH WE LIVE in 1993 (w/Pashman on lead vocals), 3RDegree decided to step up their game in 1995, adding a world class lead vocalist in George Dobbs and releasing their first CD (second “album”), 1996’s HUMAN INTEREST STORY, which was re-released digitally in 2013, remastered. After playing many live shows in the New York City area gaining little traction, the band hung it up, leaving much material sitting on the proverbial cutting room floor. Dobbs would continue musical endeavors including solo albums, Pashman and Kliesch would work on projects together (P0rta1) and a solo album each apart…but talk of 3RDegree was couched in the past tense until Pashman would make a video collection in 2005, putting together all the band’s music videos and performances onto DVD and basement tapes onto CDs.  Discussion of the songs left behind bubbled under throughout that year until the original trio met at a NYC bar where it was agreed upon that the band would record again and later, play reunion concerts at NJ Proghouse in 2007 with original drummer Rob Durham and long time collaborator, guitarist Eric Pseja. 2008 saw the release of NARROW-CASTER (which included the aforementioned songs along with brand new ones) making a big splash in small progressive rock ponds worldwide with the Dutch Progressive Rock Page (DPRP.net) reveling: “It’s not often an album as refreshing as this comes along, and we should treasure it when it does...an album that demands repeated spins, and rewards every listen with some new revelation”. In 2009, drummer Aaron Nobel joined and the band played shows in Brooklyn (w/Phideaux), Connecticut (Marprog), Washington D.C & North Carolina’s ProgDay (w/Ozric Tentacles) later finding themselves working on some tracks with two different themes but with election year coming in 2012, the band decided that their political crop of songs would be particularly timely. THE LONG DIVISION would be released ahead of election day followed by many 2013 mid-year shows performed with IZZ, The Tea Club, Half Past Four, Dreadnaught and others culminating in a return visit to ProgDay ’13’s pre-show-all with new lead guitarist Bryan Zeigler. The album’s single “You’re Fooling Yourselves” made the Top 10 Songs Of The Year at DPRP’s yearly Poll (alongside many, much more “established” bands) and-even now-sits high in the Top Albums of 2012 at ProgArchives.com. After two “DIY” album successes, the band nonetheless decided to join forces with 10T Records to open up new ears to the band’s unique take on a loved genre. In early 2014, the band made an appearance at Québec City’s Terra Incognita Festival, w/Glass Hammer-3RDegree’s first show outside the USA.


In July 2015, 3RDegree released a new album on a new label and performed live on their first world tour that not only hit the American northeast, but also the U.K. (London, Leicester, Southampton & Wales), France (Paris), Germany (Frankfurt) & The Netherlands (Rotterdam). 2016 holds in store a completed second volume of ONES & ZEROS as well as a career highlight performance at RoSfest in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Biography
Rob Durham

The history of 3RDegree begins when Robert James Pashman was looking for a drummer and found Rob Durham in late 1990. He would also join the band for it’s 2008 comeback album  Narrow-Caster but would leave the band after its release. His full return in 2016 signaled a six piece band with it’s original 1991 trio still intact 20+ years later. Rob is a multi-instrumentalist dabbling in flute, glockenspiel, vibraphone and more.


Rob lives in northern NJ.

Pat joined 3RDegree in August of 1991 at the age of 18. Pat’s writing mixed with Robert James’ rounded out the sound of the band. Pat started playing clarinet at age 8 and guitar at age 12 and has been tinkering with piano and drums since college. His influences include Air, Arcade Fire, Badly Drawn Boy, The Beatles, Beck, Björk, Blur, Chemical Brothers, Cocteau Twins, Coldplay, DJ Shadow, Elbow, Elliot Smith, Genesis, Goldfrapp, Jeff Buckley, Jellyfish, Kate Bush, King’s X, Led Zeppelin, M83, Massive Attack, Muse, Pernice Brothers, Pink Floyd, Queen, Radiohead, Rush, Seal, Secret Machines, The Shins, Shudder To Think, Sigur Ros, Snow Patrol, Soundgarden, Sufjan Stevens, Supergrass, Super Furry Animals, Tears For Fears, U2, Ween and  Yes.


Patrick released a solo CD DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY ALBUM in 1999, a “trip hop” CD with P0rtal in 2000 and a CD with Liquid 56 called FOIL in 2004.


Pat works as a video editor and lives in Southern California.

 

Founded Unreal in 1988 after beginning to

write songs once out of high school that year. 3RDegree’s home base was in Robert’s basement. He started playing keyboards around age 12 and taught himself bass at 16. His favorite artists over the years have been Rush, Tears For Fears, Genesis, Sarah McLachlan, Jonatha Brooke, Esthero, Emiliana Torrini, Todd Rundgren, Prefab Sprout, Steely Dan, Level 42, Marillion, Hooverphonic, Bjork, Air, Phoenix, A-ha, Kevin Gilbert, David Sylvian & others.


In 1995 Robert toured Belgium, Germany & Austria as keyboardist with metal band POWER.  Recently he’s recorded (as engineer) NJ power-pop band Spiraling who’s leader Tom Brislin has toured with the likes of Yes, Camel and Meat Loaf.  Robert also made a “trip-hop” cd with PORTAL in 2000 and a solo CD called RECOVERING DREAMER in 2001.  In 2005, Robert was very busy archiving all things 3RDegree into the latest DVD and Cd releases that ended up with the band reforming at the end of that year.


He works in television and lives with his wife, son & daughter in northern New Jersey.

Robert James Pashman
Patrick Kliesch
George Dobbs

It was George’s voice and songwriting

heard on his demo tape that immediately caught the ear of the band when looking for a lead vocalist to give the band that extra “oomph”. He joined in the summer of 1995 and was on stage by August.  His vocal influences are mainly Peter Gabriel, Donald Fagen and Andy Partridge of XTC.  George’s former bands include Kill The Messenger and a stint with Australian recording artist Johnny Diesel in 1997.  He currently plays in Newborn Pods with long-time collaborator Declan Power and solo in JuiceBox George


George lives in northern New Jersey.

Eric's protracted entrance into 3RDegree started with a failed audition for lead vocalist in 1995, evolved into a collaborative songwriting project with Pat Kliesch called Liquid 56, and morphed into a guest musician stint for the Reunion Concerts.  Fifteen years later, Eric's tenacity finally earned him a solid spot in the 3rDegree roster.


Eric is a self-taught guitarist and bassist as well as an accomplished vocalist.  A smattering of his eclectic influences would include Tori Amos, Basia, Clannad, Devin Townsend, The Dixie Chicks, Duran Duran, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Genesis, Jason Falkner, Iron Maiden, Level 42, Opeth, Porcupine Tree, Queensrÿche, Steely Dan, Sting, Tears for Fears, U2, Steve Vai, The Who, and Yes.


In the late 1990s, Eric was the bassist and vocalist for NJ bar-circuit cover band Sick Nellie.  Along with playing guitar in 3rDegree, Eric is currently the bassist and vocalist for his college project band CRUST as well as bassist for the original rock band Xeromore.  Eric also proudly serves as token cowboy-boot wearing musician.


When Eric's not a Rock Star, he's a Web Designer who lives in northern New Jersey with his wife and two daughters.

Eric Pseja
Bryan Zeigler

Bryan joined 3RDegree in January of 2013. The band had come to the conclusion that another live guitarist was needed to pull of the band’s material on stage. Bryan is a seasoned live player and you can find out more about him here


Bryan lives in northern NJ.