For Fans Of: Snarky / Puppy / Frank Zappa

Thank You Scientist — the eclectic, vibrant and well-hydrated progressive rock band from New Jersey — has emerged from the pandemic with some big news to share. Enter Flying Jangus Records: the official record label founded by Thank You Scientist! Additionally, Plague Accommodations, the debut release from Flying Jangus Records and Thank You Scientist’s latest EP, is due out November 19th, 2021.

On the first single from Plague AccommodationsMetal Injection writes, “it’s as flamboyantly fun yet intricate as anything else they’ve done, with their trademark soaring hooks, temperamental change-ups, and varied instrumentation meshing in stupendous fashion.” Check it out now via Bandcamp.

“At the end of 2019, we released Terraformer, our third full-length record,” remarks TYS bandleader and guitarist, Tom Monda. “In classic TYS fashion, after releasing a gigantic 90-minute double album, the whole world shut down. As we re-emerge to join the mighty Intervals for our first post-COVID tour, we wanted to drop something special for our fans.”

Which brings us to Plague Accommodations, a 4-song EP written and recorded during quarantine. Monda aptly adds, “it eerily (and accidentally) clocks in at 20:20.” The EP features Monda, alongside TYS bandmates Salvatore Marrano (vocals), Ben Karas (violin), Cody McCorry (bass), Faye Fadem (drums), Joe Gullace (trumpet) and Sam Greenfield (saxophone).

Plague Accommodations will mark the very first release put out on Flying Jangus Records. Regarding the label, Monda remarks, “it’s is a huge step in making our music more readily available internationally, and also an opportunity for us to release other TYS-related projects.”

Plague Accommodations follows up the band’s last full-length LP release, Terraformer, the 84-minute of experimental rock n’ roll odyssey. Some might even say it’s the band’s Oops… I Did It Again.

Founded by guitarist and bandleader Tom Monda, the Thank You Scientist self-released the Perils of Time Travel EP in 2011, before signing with Claudio Sanchez’s label Evil Ink Records. Their 2012 full length debut, Maps of Non-Existent Places made it onto the Billboard Hard Rock and Heatseekers charts, and was eventually named “Album of the Week” by Revolver Magazine in 2014. They followed up in 2016 with Stranger Heads Prevail, which cracked the Billboard Top 200.

Terraformer peaked at 73 on the Billboard Top 200, 15 on the Billboard Alternative Rock chart and 8 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The critically-acclaimed release had Metal Injection prevailing, “Terraformer is the septet’s most mature, epic, challenging, and nuanced work thus far, and it’s a must own for anyone who loves catchy songwriting and boundlessly creative and complex arrangements.” PopMatters added, “When it comes to blending bizarre antics, infectiously high-pitched melodies, and staggeringly technical yet tight mixes of progressive rock, jazz fusion, orchestral, and more, no one does it better than Thank You Scientist.”

In addition to Tom Monda and vocalist Salvatore Marrano, the bandʼs lineup has gradually evolved to include violinist Ben Karas, bassist Cody McCorry, drummer Kevin Grossman, trumpeter Joe Gullace and saxophonist Alex Silver. Thank You Scientist has spent the past several years touring internationally, both as headliners and as direct support for acts such as Coheed and Cambria, Periphery, Haken, Protest the Hero and the Devin Townsend Project.