Not Otherwise Specified
Heavy Progressive Rock from Atlanta, GA
Not Otherwise Specified is a Heavy Progressive Rock project, which was founded by Craig Kerley in 2011 with the release of his first album Judgment. On this first release, Kerley wrote, performed and produced all aspects of the album. In 2014 Kerley released NOS's second album Projective Instruments. For the first time, Kerley included guest musicians on an album for specific parts, but continued to be the sole writer and primary performer for NOS's music. After the release of Projective Instruments, Kerley put together a live band and performed with them for the next three years. In 2017, the live band was dissolved and Kerley began work on NOS's third album Deadweight, which was released 2/1/19. While Deadweight was written and produced by Kerley, he relied more heavily on talented musicians in the Atlanta Prog scene. Many of these musicians make up the current, and hopefully final, lineup of NOS.
Craig Kerley - Lead Vocals/Keys/Guitar
Craig Kerley began his love for music at the age of 6 when he began taking classical guitar lessons and enjoyed singing to his parents' Elvis Presley albums. In high school his interest in synthesizers was peaked and he spent the entire summer working just to purchase a Roland JX-3P, which he hid under his bed so his parents would not know how he spent his entire savings. Since college, Kerley has performed in a wide variety of groups, ranging from Cornell University's prestigious a cappella group The Cayuga's Waiters, to some early Prog Metal projects. Kerley founded NOS in 2011 with the goal of writing music he would enjoy listening to, hoping that others might share his tastes.
Mitch Pew - Lead Guitar
Mitch Pew, an original member of the NOS live band, played lead and rhythm guitar on several Deadweight tracks. He is from Ohio and has been playing guitar since 2004. He started out with a metal background and eventually began to become more curious about the instrument. At 25 he moved to Atlanta to attend the Atlanta Institute of Music for guitar performance. During this time he learned to broaden his playing. He now teaches guitar, plays in the Atlanta Prog Metal band Palpable Defeat, as well as a cover band called The Relics. Additionally, Mitch is involved in session playing.
Daniel Graham - Bass/Backing Vocals
Daniel Graham played bass on several Deadweight songs. Graham is a bassist, songwriter, and concert organizer/promoter best known for his work in and around the Atlanta progressive/experimental scene. He actively writes, records, and performs locally, serving as the frontman and driving creative force of the progressive rock trio Great Wide Nothing, while also lending his talents to the acclaimed progressive pop/alternative band Surreal.
Phil Reilly - Drums
Phil "McReils" Reilly, played drums and percussion on several Deadweight tracks. Reilly is from Ridgewood, NJ and was originally trained in jazz. His interest and influence in progressive/art rock grew in the 70's with exposure to artists the likes of Genesis, Yes and King Crimson. Reilly incorporates these influences, along with his original style, into his performance withwith various projects and bands of similar genres.
Dylan Porper - Keyboards/Backing Vocals
Dylan Porper is a virtuoso keyboardist who experiments with a deep sonic palette. Porper is a multi-instrumentalist with perfect pitch, who plays a wide range of genres, including Jazz Fusion and Prog Rock. He currently plays with Atlanta Prog outfit Great Wide Nothing and is involved with numerous other projects.