Wayland, Vital Empire, Waves of Chaos
Sat, March 10, 2018
Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)Trees
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"We named the album Sleeping Lions because that's what we feel like - we've been hibernating in our neon desert cave, licking our wounds and regaining our strength for the hunt," says OTHERWISE frontman Adrian Patrick, who along with guitarist Ryan Patrick, form one of the most incendiary sibling duos in modern music. "Now we're back on the prowl again, and our eyes are wide open. The album title absolutely references a bigger awareness of who we are and what we're capable of. The last thing you ever want to do is wake sleeping lions."
The 12-track epiphany runs an emotional gamut that juxtaposes the very nature of the recordings, "Angry Heart" flowing with the frontman's blistering vocal cadences as he "fills with hate" and "embraces the monster I'm becoming." As quickly as it boils over, the rage subsides on "Blame," one of the most sensitive statements of the band's career. "If it makes it better for you, just blame it all on me," the frontman pines, bleeding into the emotional effervescence of "Bloodline Lullaby," a heart-wrenching ballad of epic proportions.
OTHERWISE is a band built on emotion and fueled by the feelings that drive our lives. Anger. Regret. Love. This isn't packaged rebellion, it's the real world. And it's what makes the band - and album - connect at such a visceral level. "Emotion is the most important element of our writing process," the vocalist says. "We try to capture every aspect of the human condition so the subject matter of our songs runs the gauntlet of what it means to be alive. Every lyric comes from a very genuine and heartfelt place. There are no fictional storylines or tough-guy rhetoric in any of our tunes."
One of the album's more mature musical excursions, "Monster" takes flight in a flurry of programmed embellishments and supple guitar play, an unbridled reminder of the relationship that destroys us all but we just can't bring ourselves to leave. The risks continue on "Nothing To Me," where the symphonic grandeur boils over amidst emotional disrepair, and "Suffer," where the guitars jangle more than mangle, conveying a melodic appreciation that far outweighs a more pedestrian quest for being heavy.
"As artists, evolution is the lifeblood of creativity," continues the singer. "We spread our musical wings a bit more on this album in a concerted effort to remain true to ourselves and not conform to what others expect of us. Rock and roll is all about taking risks, and that's what we do best. If we were forced to stagnate or remain trapped in the same stylistic box, the fire inside us would burn itself out."
One can confidently call Sleeping Lions the most mature chapter of OTHERWISE's impressive volume of work, but don't mistake mature for soft in the middle. Quite the contrary, the band's evolution is poignant both musically and lyrically, and they steer clear of the awkward growing pains that so many other bands endure. That's a bold statement when talking about a band whose had four singles crack the Top 20 at Active Rock radio - "Soldiers," "I Don't Apologize (1000 Pictures)," "Darker Side Of The Moon" and "Coming For The Throne" - seen "Soldiers" alone surpass 8.0 million streams on Spotify, toured alongside such heavy hitters as Stone Sour and Papa Roach, and shared festival stages on land and sea, appearing anywhere from Rock on the Range to Shiprocked, and everywhere in between.
"Both 'Weapons' and 'Sleeping Lions' are special to us on several levels," the singer continues, pointing out a few of his favorite tracks. "Not only were they co-written with two of our idols, but 'Weapons' can absolutely be considered social commentary and 'Sleeping Lions' is basically our protest song. Album closer 'Bloodline Lullaby' serves as a tribute and legacy for our family, while the bonus track 'Won't Stop' is an anthem for our better angels... We try to infuse a sense of hope into all of our songs, regardless of how angry or sad or introspective they may seem. It's always an intentional goal of ours, to leave everyone, including ourselves, with a feeling of empowerment. We are eternally seeking the light through the darkness."
If you're going to search the darkness for answers, these Sleeping Lions make the perfect guide.
Following in the musical path carved by Imagine Dragons and Bring Me the Horizon, members of Vital Empire have assembled a collection of powerful rock songs that embrace a new energy that band members say create a unique and fresh listening experience on their maiden record slated for release in early 2018.
Grounded by rhythmic bass and a surging drum sound, vocalist Aaron Pose formerly of Curb Records’ band Faktion, adds an ethereal, almost haunting topline with his vocal performance that brings a fresh new take on modern rock music.
“All of us have been musicians for most of our adult lives,” Pose said. “But this band is different. We can feel it when we write, when we record and when we play live. It’s the type of musical experience most musicians dream of and we couldn’t be more excited to share this magic with the world.”
Bringing the music to life will be a well thought-out, beautifully executed stage show that today’s rock audiences have come to expect.
“We want to incorporate well-orchestrated sets where songs flow perfectly in and out of each other,” Pose said. “Each member in the band is doing something special and when people come to see us play, it will be a unique experience.”
Vital Empire has managed to combine radio marketability with strong musical hooks and positive lyrics while keeping the energy of the rock bands these members grew up on.
Add to the mix producer Travis Wyrick, who says Vital Empire brought something very unique to his Lakeside Studios and he was excited to do what only he can do, which is completely take it apart and put it back together again musically without losing the original passion in the music.
“I am super excited about this project,” Wyrick said. “We took the really strong bones they brought me and I think have produced a product that the band will be excited to perform and that the fans will completely flip out over.”
Vital Empire’s first record…… is set to release in 2018.
When Waves of Chaos formed in 2011, two members of the band had already become close friends after playing together in a local band out of Dallas called Shining Silence prior to WOC. Jeremy Fox on drums and Daniel White on guitar knew they had great chemistry but were missing something but couldn't quite figure it out, so they decided to start a new band. During that time, front man Paul Read who was new to the scene after leaving his hometown of Nashville, TN, decided that it was time to make a change and start new in the big city of Dallas, TX. After just a few months of holding and playing auditions, Paul received a phone call after walking back to his car from an X Factor audition which led to just one more audition. It took all three just one practice to realize that they had something special and now all they needed was a bassist to complete the band. Unfortunately, finding the right bassist isn't the easiest task and though they played with some great bassists over the years, it wasn't until 2017 when a young bassist by the name of Sam Thornton entered the practice room that they knew this is who they've been looking for all along. The talent and energy that pours out of him continues to make the so-called vets of the band step up their game on every level.
Taking things one day at a time and enjoying every opportunity to play for fans, to record music and lastly to express themselves through their God-given talents is what keeps this band moving in a direction that looks ever so bright!
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