It’s often a seldom occasion when a person has the chance to speak with a band just before they take off into another atmosphere of popularity and quite frankly, that’s what is about to happen with Young Rising Sons. I recently had the chance to speak with lead singer Andy Tongren of Young Rising Sons, a group that has put out two EPs and is on the verge of putting out their first full album.
The forming of Young Rising Sons happened with a blend of the traditional growing up together story as well as the chance encounter of life. Bandmates Dylan, Julian and Steve all grew up together in Jersey, and so in that you have the more commonly found story of musicians growing up to eventually star in the same band. Then you have Andy, who met the three Jersey fellas while performing at a night club in New York City.
“I grew up in Ohio and went to school in New York City and happened to be playing at an open-mic night kind of thing at a club in New York. They happened to be there and were looking for a singer. I came and jammed with them one night and it was just instant chemistry with them. We instantly became best friends and bandmates,” Tongren told atombash.com.
As of late, there have been plenty of reasons to focus on the unpleasant side of life, but Young Rising Sons hopes people will step away from a concert or album of their’s with a positive outlook. While optimism tends to be more of a focus than pessimism, they are also aware of harder times life tosses our way and are sure to create a nice balance between the two sides.
As a group experiences life in between one album and the next, there are a variety of things that can influence them. The group has shared similar experiences when it comes to a relationship or even love, and that is how they created their lone love song “F**ked Up.”
“As a band we don’t really write many loves songs. We have one song that could, I guess, be considered a love song and it’s called F**ked Up (laughs). In my mind, it’s more of an accurate description of a modern day love saga because we didn’t want to write the sappy traditional love song because that’s not realistic in most cases. So with that song we tried to capture a realistic relationships in this day and age, which is something we’ve all been through,” Tongren said.
The most recent EP Young Rising Sons put out was more of a reflection of the group getting to know their fan base. They named their second EP The Kids Will Be Fine because of how some parents are a bit more protective of their children than perhaps they should be. Surely all parents care for their kids, however, they need to live their lives in order to truly grow and that was an inspiration for the recent EP.
Andy said the group learned a lot in between their first EP and the second one. They seemed to want to take a more insightful look into who we are as people, as well as who the band is.
“I think the first one doesn’t delve as deep into the true human perspective as much as the second one does. We tried to just dig a little bit deeper with the second EP, in terms of covering more ground and showing people a little bit more of who we are as people and as a band. That will continue to be important moving forward,” Tongren said.
Life can often times throw unexpected events and instances our way, some of them can be good, while others can be bad. No matter what, life is always filled with surprises and when I asked Andy, what about life now would have surprised him a decade ago, he told me not much. What he’s doing now is what he always thought his career would be.
The same sentiment can be shared with the rest of the band as Andy said, “there was no doubt in our minds really. We knew we were going to do this for a living.” Young Rising Sons has done a nice job of evolving their sound and it’s easy to tell that they know their style and sound.
They four of them are in the midst of creating a new album and will look to finish it up next month. Fans can look forward to a whole lot of new music coming with the record, as well as some songs from their first two EPs.
“There will be a few songs from each EP, but there’s going to be a lot of new music on it and we’re really excited to continue writing. We’re going to be back in the studio in December to finish it up. It’ll include some older stuff though. We’re excited to give our fans some new music,” Tongren said.
With music from the first two EPs being added to their first full album, it’ll be interesting to see how the new tracks vibe with the existing ones. Where they were headed with the sound and everything from the second EP is a stellar direction, so what comes next will be intriguing.
Lots of things can happen over the span of 12-months and for Tongren, more of the same would be a great thing to say this time next year. “I’m really excited to get this new album out with some new music and as long as we’re out on the road, playing music for a living and there are people who can still connect with the music we’re making, that’s all I really ask for. I hope we’re able to keep creating for our fans and building this family that we started,” Tongren said.
For more details on their latest EP, check out their official site. We’ll keep you updated on the latest happenings with the group in the coming weeks and months. Young Rising Sons’ next live show comes to Long Branch, NJ on Tues. Nov. 24.