The Rising are:
Chantelle McAteer: Vocals, Harmonica
Chris Logan: Guitars, Banjo, Mandolin
Shane Watters: Drums
Brian Mellors: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Carla Crawford: Keyboards/Piano/Synths, Backing Vocals
The Rising are a Country Rock/Country Pop band with a Pop/Rock influence from Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Currently, the band are finishing off work on their sophomore album (Due winter 2016), with recording sessions taking place between the band’s home base of Northern Ireland and also Nashville, TN (USA). The debut single from the upcoming album is “Last First Love”. Written by the band’s principle songwriters Chris Logan/Chantelle McAteer and was recorded in Ireland/Nashville. Mixed by Grammy Nominated Mills Logan (Taylor Swfit, Eric Pasley, Luke Bryan, Toby Keith, Kristian Bush) and Mixed by Pete Maher (U2, The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry, Damien Rice). The song recounts how everyone wants the feeling of their first love to last forever and the joy when it does. Of course, this can be a relationship or indeed apply to whatever your first love may be, for some that could be the love of music.
This single marks the start of a whole new chapter for the band. Firstly, the band continues to grow musically from its debut album, building upon the ground laid down from the album with a glossier production and growth in the songwriting. Most notably however, are the changes in the bands lineup with the addition of Chantelle McAteer on lead vocals. This change was a natural progression to the band with the wheels of this change being set in motion over a year earlier. Guitarist Chris Logan encountered Chantelle singing at a singer-songwriter night showcasing her own material. Soon after the two songwriters started working together with Chris producing Chantelle’s debut EP. However, the two continued to write songs non-stop simply for the joy of writing songs. It was while on a UK/Ireland tour with Jess & The Bandits (October 2015) that things were beginning to change. Cracks were starting to show and midway through this tour Chris sent Chantelle a text message asking her if she wanted to join the band. As soon as the band came off tour the two songwriters set about recording the next album for The Rising. The new lineup was introduced during two shows at this years Country 2 Country Festival at London’s O2 where the band played two showcase shows (Big Entrance Stage & Brooklyn Bowl).
The remaining lineup of the band is concreted with fellow founding member and Chris’ cousin Shane Watters on Drums, Brian Mellors (Bass) and Carla Crawford (Piano/Keyboards/Synths).
The band’s debut album ‘Coming Home’ is available worldwide on Renegade Maverick Records/Absolute. Recorded between Northern Ireland and Nashville, where they worked with Grammy winning engineers/producers including Hank Williams. During this time several guest artists came into the fold and added their talents to the album. For example; Molly Thomas (Molly Thomas & The Rare Birds, Matthew Ryan Band), Ricky Warwick(Black Star Riders, Thin Lizzy, Solo artist). Like most debut albums the album was a mixture of the bands influences and also crossed the boundaries between Country and Rock. This direction caught the attention of the media across all genres from pop, rock press and also country music quarters with reviews and features coming in from across the globe.
Since its release the band’s music has gained extensive airplay throughout Ireland, UK, Europe (Germany, Netherlands) and the USA/Canada. Including support from the likes of BBC Radio, Radio 2 with the likes of Graham Norton, Gaby Roslin and Alex Lester championing the band from their first single.
Their music video hit Number 1 in the CM&T International Artists Music Video Chart (USA & Sky TV). iTunes also featured the band on their front page banner for several months as well as featuring both the single and album in “New & Featured” section.
The band have toured constantly since its formation including the chance to perform at the Country 2 Country festival in London’s O2 two years in a row, firstly, in 2015 and again in 2016. Constant touring around the UK and Ireland has helped the band build their fan-base with every show. Shows have included their own shows, festivals and also touring alongside the likes of Jess & The Bandits, The Shires, Ward Thomas and many other top acts.
This constant touring and hard working ethic brought the band to the attention of the British Country Music Awards in 2015 with a nomination for the Horizon Award.
Another point of note is before becoming ‘The Rising’ the band was originally called ‘Exit’ and released a string of EPs. As Exit the band were hailed by the likes of Kerrang magazine, who applauded their “enormous, stadium-seeking choruses” and a sound “as outsized as a monster truck at Kwik-Fit”. Classic Rock went further, exclaiming: “You can imagine watching this band on stage in a 20,000-seater arena with the crowd singing along to every word.”. Touring with the likes of Starsailor, Twin Atlantic etc the band was quickly developing a fanbase. However, the band knew something wasn’t right. The music they were making was nothing to do with their influences or indeed the music they wanted to make. They soon realized they were trying to fit in with the rock scene that was massive in Ireland at the time. The band wanted to make music that was less rowdy and more refined, to replace the overt rock mannerisms with subtle pop stylings, a more roots-based direction. The Rising was born. Bringing the band more inline of what the band members were listening to and inspired by. Songs would start out country and then the band would work out how to rock them up to fit into the scene.
The name comes from a Bruce Springsteen album that has and continues to inspire all members of the band.
The Rising – Last First Love
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