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BioChronolord is a space-prog-alt-rock collaboration between Baltimore MD’s Andy Cooke (Dataloaf) and Vancouver BC’s Tim Readman (Fear of Drinking), both Englishmen exiled in North America. Tim is a musician, singer, songwriter, producer and music journalist. His musical output is eclectic and embraces a wide range of influences but most frequently he operates in the realm of folk/Celtic music. He is the former leader of Canadian Celtic/folk favourites Fear of Drinking, with whom he recorded 3 albums, and has played for years with Canada’s Clown Princes of musical comedy, The Arrogant Worms. Andy is a part-time guerilla home-recording guitarist/songwriter/engineer/producer/mixer jack-of-all-trades. He is band leader of Dataloaf, 'the greatest band you never heard', and his musical output includes grunge (Dataloaf), indie rock (Pine Tree State), doom metal (Wizrds) and electronic pop (Electric Wave Inspection Bureau). Their new album, The Cuckoo Gene, is a concept album which tells a speculative science fiction story about an attempt to save the human species from extinction following the collapse of Planet Earth as a viable ecosystem for human survival. Musical inspiration comes from multiple and diverse sources but Hawkwind, Bowie, Pink Floyd, Metallica and Marillion deserve special mention. The songs are strongly flavored by Prog Rock touches whilst eschewing some of the overindulgences associated with that particular genre. The album was conceived as a result of what could be described as a musical pen-pal relationship and eventually delivered at Tres Gatos studios in Towson, MD in the late summer and early fall of 2019. Tim wrote the words, made up the vocal melodies and harmonies and sang the vocal parts. Andy played all the instruments, did all the programming and sequencing and took care of recording, engineering and editing duties. Come and join Chronolord on a space rock journey from Earth’s end through to the search for, and location of, a suitable exo-planet on which surviving humans, and their artificial intelligence-driven technology, can settle. What could possible go wrong? You’ll find out soon enough!