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Sound description: Ingredients in Blender: Yes, Rush, Umphrey's Mcgee, Spock's Beard, et. all, with a dash of heavier prog and a sprinkling of jazz fusion for flavor.
Influences: Spock's Beard, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Umphrey's McGee, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Genesis, The Beatles, Dream Theater, Karmakanic, UK, Mattais IA Eklund, Ben Folds, Chick Corea, The Tangent, The Flower Kings, Frank Zappa, Gentle Giant, Spiraling, ELP, ELO
|Johnny Zehr||Backing vocals, Guitar|
|Kyle O'Neal||Keyboard, Vocals|
|Andy Forschler||Backing vocals, Drums|
|Andrew Algren||Backing vocals, Bass guitar|
The Emperor known only as Stan is the product of a junior high dream that has finally come to fruition. After many name and lineup changes, Emperor Stan came into existance during the summer or 2006. The name alone evokes the calibre of the music, being both fit for royalty as well as those of the Stan persuasion.
As an island of complexity in a sea of simplistic music, Emperor Stan provides catchy songs in the guise of more complex works. With an affinity for complex chords, time changes, and blistering solos, the band draws in both those with a taste for prog as well as anyone with an ear for a good tune.
Emperor Stan has been repeatedly referred to as "face melting" in a live setting. Harmonized keyboard and guitar melodies are a hallmark of the band, and they make powerful impression when performed live. These coupled with extended solos should leave no question in anyone's mind about the level of musicianship achieved by these young players.