Author & Vocalist | Brian Paone
Brian Paone, a Massachusetts native, has been writing fiction since 1988 and performing in bands since 1995. Cumulatively, Brian's novels and short stories are primarily speculative-rock fiction, ranging from drama to suspense to horror to science-fiction. His bands cover a wide range of different metal and industrial genres and styles.
Brian's first novel, Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts, was published in 2007. In the novel, he chronicles the trials and tribulations of befriending a modern-day rock star. As a die-hard fan of the rock band God Lives Underwater, Brian wins the trust of lead singer David Reilly. This honor comes with its own set of extreme personal highs and devastating shared lows.
Brian's second novel, Welcome to Parkview, was published in 2010. The cerebral-horror novel, reviewed as a "Stephen King- meets- The Twilight Zone- style tale", is an unapologetic journey through a town that thrives on sex, violence, and the macabre. A town that's built on deceit and temptation. A town that's cursed with soulless transients, unforgiving lovers, and merciless vampires in the shadows beyond.
Brian's third novel, Yours Truly, 2095, was published in 2015. The time-travel romance novel follows Jeff Blue — the victim of a time-travel conspiracy— who wakes up trapped in the year 2095. The only familiar face is J0; a robotic copy of the wife he left behind in 1981. But can she be trusted? J0 could be the only key to unlock Jeff’s journey home, but it will require her to do something against her programming—something human. Yours Truly, 2095 was nominated for a Hugo Award in 2016, however did not make the finalists.
Brian's fourth novel, Moonlight City Drive, was published in 2017. The supernatural crime-noir novel is set against a 1940's Las Vegas-era backdrop. The story follows a detective on the trail of a Jack-the-Ripper-style killer, who he starts to admire and must decide if he should continue the cat-and-mouse chase or join the killer in his cleansing of society, unaware they all might just be puppets being controlled by a vengeful and ancient witch and her growing army of ghouls.
Brian's first published short story, "Outside of Heaven," appears in the anthology, A Matter of Words (2015). This throwback to the old Creature Double Feature monster stories surrounds a group of strangers stuck at a hotel when the Biblical rapture happens. Some of the guests have been taken away and some have been left behind. But the clarity of which ones have been saved and which ones have been damned blurs as night turns to dawn.
Brian's second published story, "The Whaler's Dues," appears in the anthology, A Journey of Words (2016). The modern-day mythology-romance story focuses on a man in love with a stripper, but when they are forced to flee from the law together, he realizes she is much more than he ever bargained for. During their escape, he also discovers he is not the person he always thought he was either. Trapped on a series of islands, he comes to understand nothing about life had ever been as it had appeared.
Brian's third published short story, "Anesthetize (or A Dream Played in Reverse on Piano Keys)," appears in the anthology, A Haunting of Words (2017). The disenchanted-youth ghost story involves a cat named Bonnie, a scorned lover with a restraining order, a chatty best friend swinging from the trees near the train tracks by the lake ... and an insidious secret hiding inside one of the train cabins.
Brian's fourth published story, "Two Gunslingers," appears in the anthology, A Contract of Words (2018). The classic western story revolves around two men who owe a shady barkeep a handsome debt and agree to settle it with a duel at high noon, but one gunslinger has a different trick up his sleeve.
His first and newly reformed band, Yellow #1, was intended to have the whimsical flavor of synth-pop bands with the lyrical integrity and vocal intensity of metal bands. Combining the two polar opposites into one sound, made for a very debatably interesting sonic landscape. Their debut album, Bottle of Rain, was recorded and released in 1996. Brian pulled the plug on Yellow#1 in 1997 after being approached by another musician to form a more industrial-metal band. This new band would eventually turn into Drop Kick Jesus. In 2014, Brian decided to breathe life back into the band and began work on the second album. Collaborating with hip-hop producer Darius Malloy from Lakeland, FL, the second album, Thanks for the Nostalgia, moved away from the avant-garde style of the first album, relied more on programming and keyboards than real drums and guitar, and focused more on a structured pop feel. After recording in both Japan and North Carolina, the album was released in 2016. A third album is always possible; Yellow #1 soldiers on whenever the mood and inspiration strikes.
Drop Kick Jesus' vision was to combine heavy hardcore songs with industrial-style keyboards and samples. Their debut album, Splatterguts, was released in 1998. In 2001, after spending three years touring and promoting Splatterguts, Drop Kick Jesus wrote and released their second album, Depress the Heart. The album was a growth from Splatterguts, both musically and sonically. The attitude of the songs on Depress the Heart had moved away from the typical hardcore style and extended further into the electro-metal genre. Due to personnel issues within the band, Drop Kick Jesus broke up in 2002.
The Grave Machine was born from the ashes of Drop Kick Jesus. Brian Paone wanted to further explore the industrial/horror side of metal with this new band. Influenced heavily on industrial bands, The Grave Machine created an album that could rival every underground horror film soundtrack. Sample-heavy songs with grinding riffs and militant beats set the groundwork for Brian's effect-heavy vocals. Their self-titled debut album was recorded and released in 2005. The Grave Machine broke up in 2006 when Brian moved from Massachusetts to Georgia and formed Transpose.
Transpose is Brian Paone’s most recent band. Transpose’s musical style and direction has been described as metal-core, progressive, and post-hardcore. Their debut album, A Delicate Impact, was recorded and released in 2007. In 2011, after four years of touring and promoting A Delicate Impact, Transpose wrote and released their second album, Retribution. The second album was a conceptual storyline written by Brian about a broken man’s reaction to infidelity. Retribution saw the band experimenting more in the studio. Some of the new sounds included the addition of keyboards, samples, and acoustic guitar. Transpose went on hiatus in 2013, with ongoing current discussions for a third album and consequent tours.
Brian currently lives in New Bern, NC with his wife and their four children. Brian is a retired police officer and worked in law enforcement for sixteen years from 2002 - 2018. He is a self-proclaimed roller coaster junkie, a New England Patriots fanatic, and his favorite color is burnt orange.