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Conjure 05:17
Torso 04:13
Unravel 03:32
Furnance 11:03
The Plot 04:21


Herd of Instinct
October 2020

Unravel is a journey through the life span of Herd of Instinct. The album consists of unreleased tracks from previous albums, improvisations, and newly recorded material.

Furnace, recorded in 2011, is an intense improvisation featuring Markus Reuter on his newly developed U8 Touch Guitar. The experimental track, Alice Krige Pt. 1 & 2, is the complete 10-minute version as it was originally intended. The piece was cut in half for the Conjure album. Alice was based around an improvisation with trumpet player Joel Adair and drummer Jason Spradlin. Later additional players were asked to improvise over the foundation to keep the spirit of spontaneous composition.

Conjure and Unravel are high energy pieces that take the band in a new direction of progressive rock and electronica.

The Plot, Torso, and National Anthem are tracks completed in Mid-2020. Bill Bachman’s bombastic drumming is the driving force of The Plot. Gayle Ellett’s wild Moog solo is the highlight of Torso. The biggest surprise of the album might be the cover of Radiohead’s National Anthem. The band has rarely played material by other artists.

Unravel features the return of founding member Jason Spradlin on drums and percussion for the first time since 2013.


released October 16, 2020

01 Conjure
Mark Cook - Warr guitar, guitar, beat construction, string arrangement, and programming
Gayle Ellett - Mellotron and Moog
Jason Spradlin - drums

02 Alice Krige Parts 1 & 2
Joel Adair - trumpet
Joe Blair - lapsteel guitar
Mark Cook - Warr guitar, fretless bass, guitar, electronics, percussion, piano, and samples
Mike Davison - 12 string acoustic guitar
Gayle Ellett - Mellotron and Rhodes
Bob Fisher - flute
Jason Spradlin - drums and programming

03 Torso
Mark Cook - Warr Guitar, beat construction, Rhodes, string arrangement, and synth
Gayle Ellett - Moog and Mellotron
Jason Spradlin - percussion

04 National Anthem
Mark Cook - Warr guitar, electronics, beat construction, programming, and samples
Gayle Ellett - Hammond organ
Mike McGary - synth and electric piano
Jason Spradlin - percussion
Eric Yacula - electronics and samples

05 Unravel
Mark Cook - Warr guitar, guitar, beat construction, and programming Gayle Ellett - Mellotron
Jason Spradlin - drums

06 Furnace
Mark Cook - Warr guitar and electronics
Markus Reuter - U8 touch guitar
Jason Spradlin - drums
Dave Streett - bass

07 The Plot
Bill Bachman - drums
Mark Cook - Warr guitar, synth, and string arrangement
Gayle Ellett - Mellotron and Rhodes
Stephen Page - violin
Rick Read - Chapman Stick

Produced by Herd of Instinct
Recorded between 2011-2020 in Arlington, TX and Topanga, CA
Mixed and Mastered by Mark Cook
Photo Collage and Layout by Mark Cook


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Herd of Instinct Arlington, Texas

"This electrifying unit translucently morphs the days of prog-rock yore with an ultramodern scope." All About Jazz

Herd of Instinct is a progressive rock band based in Texas. The band has released six albums on Djam Karet's Firepool Records.
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