Rise used to have a story and characters and events, etc. but the further we got down the road, it fell apart. It still sort of resembles a story. It has a beginning, a middle, a climax and a resolution. But it really just didn’t go as planned.
It has a strong sense of unrest. From the time we started writing it, we were disturbed by the world around us. So we wrote about that. It’s a struggle against the system, the status quo, the media, and the jarring lack of change in Washington. There’s revolution, vengeance, hatred, romance, woo-wee.
On the flip side, it also subtly challenges those who want change. If you pay attention you’ll hear the phrase “I can feel it” approximately 10 billion times on the album. Debating with emotion and feeling, rather than logic and reason is dangerous, but you see it a lot on both sides. Like in “51 Years“, the narrator is calling upon his followers’ feelings to launch a revolution. No matter how great the cause, going about it in the wrong way is more often than not, a bad decision.
Rise is a political album. There’s no doubting that. But we feel it’s subtle enough that you can ignore it if you want to. We’re a bunch of angsty kids fresh out of our teens and we know how annoying we can be.
released July 4, 2017
Jordan Rhodes - Vocals
Andrew McMullen - Guitars/Vocals/Keyboards
Aaron Betz - Bass/Vocals
James Best - Drums/Vocals
We want to thank everyone who helped us make this record in any way. David Rohrer, gave us a kickstart into recording. We can confidently say, without him, the album would not be done. Thank you to Rory Jackson, Gentry Stayton, Tyler O’Riley, Nick Mooney, Kwaku Dakwa, Damian Rigby, and Sam Kubiak for helping us with chants, stomps, claps, “Die”s and “Burn”s. Double thanks to Gentry Stayton for also directing the music video for “Ghosts”. And a special thanks to Sunshine Cafe in Muncie, IN for being open 24/7. You kept giving when we needed it most.
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