Europe / Germany : AOR Heaven -
compact disc - AORH00219
Darren Phillips (rhythm guitar, backing vocals)
Robbie LaBlanc (lead and backing vocals)
Dennis Butabi Borg (bass)
Philip Lindstrand (lead guitar)
Herman Furin (drums)
Dan Skeed (keyboards, backing vocals)
Bruce Kulick (lead guitar on track 04)
Xavier Millis (keyboards)
Produced by Darren Phillips and Dan Skeed.
Recorded around the world in our respective studios.
Mastered by Dan Skeed at Skeed Music, Sudney, Australia.
Extra notes (by
Bruce Kulick plays lead guitar on "My Last Breath". An
early version of "My
Last Breath" (also featuring Bruce Kulick) was
released July 2018 as a digital single by The Darren Phillips
Project. EAST TEMPLE AVENUE re-recorded the song for the "Both
Sides Of Midnight" 2020 album, with keeping Bruce Kulick's
original lead guitar of the 2018 version.
In 2017, guitarist/songwriter/producer Darren Phillips hosted a
melodic rock radio show in his native homeland of Australia.
Throughout the lifetime of the show, Darren conversed with many
artists from across the melodic rock world and inevitably the
conversation turned to songwriting and collaboration. These
conversations spawned Volume One of The Darren Phillips Project
and an ongoing friendship/collaboration between all involved.
In 2018 Phillips approached to bass player Dennis Butabi Borg (Cruzh),
lead guitarist Philip Lindstrand (Find Me, Arkado) and drummer
Herman Furin (Work of Art) with the idea of doing an entire
album together and actually forming a studio band. Phillips’
longtime friend and producing partner Dan Skeed (Urban Stone),
would also come along for the ride, which left the essential
position of lead vocals to be filled.
For Phillips, having previously worked with Robbie LaBlanc (Find
Me, Blanc Faces) on two other occasions, the American was the
first and only choice. Fortunately, LaBlanc agreed and the EAST
TEMPLE AVENUE line-up was complete.
Working in their respective studios, in Australia, Sweden and
the USA, the band started the songwriting and recording process,
which would then make its way to Phillips’ and Skeed’s
Sydney-based studios Skeed Music, for mixing and mastering.
The first single ‘When I’m With You’ was released in May 2019 to
much critical acclaim, and its follow-up ‘Don’t Make Believe’,
made several ‘Songs of the Year’ lists when it was released in
October 2019 and attracted the attention of well-respected
German label AOR Heaven, with whom the band signed a publishing
deal with in April 2020.
The band having never been in the same room together, of course,
have the ultimate goal to meet, perform and record together.
EAST TEMPLE AVENUE have spent 2020 hard at work completing the
ten tracks that appear on their debut album, ‘Both Sides of
Midnight’ which will be released on November 27th, 2020.