Blue Rising formed in the summer of 2010 in Bloomington, Indiana. With a wide variety of influences, the band has crafted a unique sound, drawing inspiration from Led Zeppelin, Incubus, and Tool. Lyrics that speak of the human condition, with an inspirational feeling, are presented with soaring vocals and strong instrumental backing. When asked to compare their sound to other bands, the group is at a loss. “We sound like Blue Rising,” states Narey.
Within the first three months of their formation, Blue Rising devoted themselves to creating enough original material to participate in a local Battle of the Bands with over sixty contenders. Jeremy Sublette, manager of the battle, said “Hands down they blew the judges and patrons away with their charisma, song choices, and stellar musicianship; not only are they a class act on stage; but their personalities off stage are just as impressive.” Advancing with ease through the preliminaries, semi-finals, and on to the final round, they took home the cash prize in addition to free studio recording time with Midwest Audio Recording based in Bloomington.
Blue Rising performed at the 2013 Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, IL alongside bands Gov. Mule, Avett Brothers, Moe and Umphrey’s Mcgee and regularly perform in the central and southern Indiana regions, and throughout the Midwest for their rapidly growing fan base.
Throughout the next year, with Barrett Abraham on bass and Austin Mudd on lead guitar, the band continued to write and cultivate their sound. Playing consistently around Bloomington, they packed several shows alongside bands such as Hairbanger’s Ball, Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience and, most recently, The Why Store. “We’ve gotten a lot tighter,” states Narey, “and our music just keeps getting better.”
During the past year, the band has been focusing on recording with engineer Rich Morpurgo of Midwest Audio Recording. The bands EP is set to release in late June and the full length album “Paradigm” is expected to be released in August 2013. “It’s really all about the feel of it, you know?” relates Frink. The music’s dynamics range from quiet and “mystical” as guitarist, Mudd, would say, all the way up to a roaring, rhythmic alternative metal. The band is very excited to share what they’ve been working on.