Founded in 2012 by multi-instrumentalist Jarred McKinney, Signs of Progress originally began under the moniker “When Men & Mountains Meet.” Coming from a metal and hardcore background, he ultimately transitioned into the world of pop punk. While remaining influenced by roots in heavier genres, WM&MM’s sound developed into its signature style of blended elements. It further evolved once it expanded into a fuller line-up, including bassist and backing vocalist Trent Fraley. Having been associated through numerous other local acts within the Gainesville, Florida, music scene, their bond would serve as the backbone for what was yet to come.
In 2014, WM&MM became what is now known as Signs of Progress (SoP) after a series of lineup changes. Eventually contacted by close friend and guitarist Justin Burger, who also came from a similar background, they continued on their path for a number of years before meeting and recruiting vocalist and lyricist Sage Viscovi, based in Long Island, New York, through an online audition. As the four core members of SoP were finalized, they are now seeking to defy the odds despite their geographical boundaries - nothing will allow SoP to slow down for any longer.
With news about the band already buzzing in numerous scenes along the East Coast, SoP released their debut EP in fall 2020. “Safe Haven” is produced and mastered by renowned producer Lee Dyess, who has notably worked with bands such as Mayday Parade, From First to Last, Against Me! and I Set My Friends on Fire. Both sincerely written and packed with catchy melodies, the latest music from Signs of Progress will surely send fans through an array of emotions while keeping them on their feet. In the near future, they’ll continue writing and connecting with fans via their various social outlets.
📸 - James Lightner