The Edmond Sun

November 29, 2013

ACM@UCO faculty member releases album

Special to The Sun

OKLA. CITY — Clay Withrow, adjunct faculty member at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), recently released the album “Between the Madness” as a member of the progressive metal band Vangough.

“Between the Madness” is Vangough’s third studio effort and follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Kingdom of Ruin” released in 2011. Spread across 12 songs and more than 70 minutes of content, “Between the Madness” has what Withrow describes as a strong, unified sound.

Vangough was formed in Oklahoma City in 2009 and consists of Withrow (guitar, vocals, keyboards), Jeren Martin (bass), and Kyle Haws (drums, percussion). Since its inception, the band has recorded three albums, all of which were produced by Withrow, and has performed on various tours throughout the country. Additionally, Vangough has performed at ProgPower USA, the world’s most prestigious festival for progressive metal and is scheduled to perform there again in 2014.          

Withrow is one of ACM@UCO’s original faculty members and has been teaching courses in the performance and music business programs since the school opened its doors in 2009. Withrow’s multidimensional experience in the music industry including expertise in audio production, composition, performance and music business provides students with a solid foundation to begin their careers in the music business.          

“As I’ve grown as a producer and songwriter in Vangough, I’ve had the opportunity to share my experiences as a touring and recording musician with my class,” Withrow said. “Whether it’s production, performance or business, I’ve always found ways to help the students understand real-world situations based on my involvement in the music business.”

ACM@UCO is an innovative contemporary music program unlike any other in the U.S., offering an industry-based, “real world” educational experience for those interested in contemporary music. Faculty members such as Withrow are key to the success of the program because their experiences in the industry help ACM@UCO students understand what working in the music industry is really like.

Withrow currently divides his time between teaching at ACM@UCO and touring with Vangough. The band is scheduled to tour in 2014 to support the new music album.

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