Tension Rising talk to loud stuff about their upcoming new album, being a musician in a pandemic and how important it is to like your band members!
Tell us about the history of the band?
NICK: We are Tension Rising. A hard rock/alt-metal four-piece band. Chris and I met in college back in 2008. We started up a cover band, played a few local gigs for about a year, and we decided to start writing our own material. I knew Alex from high school, and around 2015, we needed a new bass player. He professed strong interest in joining, and I knew he would add a new dimension to what we were trying to accomplish.
How would you describe your music?
ALEX: I would call Tension Rising’s music a mix of classic and modern metal. It’s quite heavy, but also melodic a lot of the time.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
NICK: From a guitar player standpoint, I would say Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nuno Bettencourt, and Steve Lukather
ALEX: Led Zeppelin is the band that made me want to become a musician. Dream Theater is the band that most influenced my musical trajectory. I also love Neal Morse, Symphony X, Haken, and The Beatles.
What record are you currently listening to?
ALEX: Honestly, I’ve mostly been listening to our upcoming album PENUMBRA, as I was the mixing engineer for it, so I’ve listened thousands of times by now lol. I’m very much looking forward to listening to Haken’s new album, Virus. I assume it’s awesome, as all of their albums are so far, but I haven’t gotten to listen to it yet.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
ALEX: We haven’t been able to perform any of the songs from Penumbra live yet due to the pandemic, but I think my favourite one to play from this album would be ‘Find The Betrayer’ – you can find my bass play through video of it on our YouTube channel.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
ALEX: I think for Tension Rising, being able to tour with bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium or Godsmack would be great. Personally, I’d love to tour with Dream Theater, as they’re my musical heroes.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
ALEX: There’s a lot of weird experiences on every tour, hah! I’m going to have to go with the, ‘What happens on tour, stays on tour,’ line here.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
ALEX: It’s rough, man. It’s great in some ways, in the sense that you can get your music online without needing a record label and such, but to really make a living from music seems so difficult now. It’s all about touring and selling merch at said shows. With this pandemic going on, and shows/touring being on hold for an undetermined amount of time, it’s really scary for bands right now. Trying to just keep making music and stay positive for now!
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
ALEX: Find people you can get along with. All the talent in the world doesn’t matter if you can’t stand being in the same room with someone in your band. Obviously you need to gel musically as well, and talent is also important, but you need to like the people you’re doing this musical journey with. It’s like a second family. There will be ups and downs, so be ready for that. Other than that… Practice! Practice! Practice!
What are your future plans?
ALEX: Well, aside from our new album Penumbra arriving on 7th September, 2020, we are happy to say that we will be releasing a lyric video for every single song on the album over the coming months, along with some playthrough videos of the songs.
It’s the best we could do right now with shows not being an option yet. We also have plans to release more new music either at the end of this year, or early next year. More details to come in the next few months! Stay up to date with us at www.tensionrisingband.com
Thank you for the interview! Stay metal! \m/ \m/