THE RISING RETURN WITH LAST FIRST LOVE
Video to be premiered by The Boot on August 16 2016
“A glorious amalgamation of Rock, Country and Folk” – Jim Gellatly (XFM/Amazing Radio)
“If you’re after big songs with big choruses then you could do little better” – R2 Magazine
“Choruses and tunes which aim for anthem status.. The Rising are definitely a band to watch.” – Golden Plec
“Anthemic choruses and a sound that fans of Keith Urban and Lady Antebellum will love” – Hotpress Magazine
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” and will be premiered by The Boot on August 16 2016.
Written by the band’s principle songwriters Chris Logan/Chantelle McAteer, it was recorded in Ireland/Nashville. Mixed by Grammy Nominated Mills Logan (Taylor Swift, 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 line up 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 rem aining 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&n bsp;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.
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.