Music creates feelings. Be it intentional or not, songs often have the potential to bring the listener to the highest high or the lowest low. Most songs, however, leave us somewhere in between. While some bands choose to ignore the way in which their music might impact the mood of their listeners, the four ambitious youngmen who make up Young Rising Sons fully embrace it.
At a time when cynicism and moral outrage are quite common in modern music, Young Rising Sons choose to focus on the brighter side of life. According to lead singer/guitarist Andy Tongren, the Red Bank, New Jersey band’s debut single “High” was created with the intention of writing a “soulful pick-me-up, an honest account of life’s ups and downs, all with a glimmer of hope.” Tongren adds that the recently released “High” is the perfect example of the “feel good disposition” that shapes Young Rising Sons’ view on life and music.
Tongren matter-of-factly rationalizes the band’s approach of writing with the listener in mind, “music is here to make people feel something, so why not try and make people feel good?” Tongren describes “High” as a “song about letting go and enjoying the better times in life.”
Staying true to that mantra, Tongren and band-mates Dylan Scott (lead guitar), Julian Dimagiba (bass), and Steve Patrick (drums) firmly believe that the best music is inspired by personal experiences. As a result, the video for “High” was filmedright in their own backyard. “It made sense to shoot “High” in Red Bank, by the Ocean,” explains Tongren. “We wanted to film it where we spend our time together.”
Like most young buzzing bands on the rise, Young Rising Sons have benefitted from the counsel of more experienced industry experts. Shep Goodman and Aaron Accetta of Dirty Canvas Music, home of American Authors and The Karma Killers, discovered Young Rising Sons in 2013. Shep and Aaron recently brought the band to Interscope Records where they will release their debut EP this summer.
After playing together for several years, Young Rising Sons have grown into their current sound. “We grew up with The Beatles, The Temptations, and Bruce Springsteen,” says Tongren. “I believe our songs walk the line between avant-garde and pop, blending influence from those acts.”