Young Rising Sons begin ‘real story’ with debut EP
Red Bank, N.J., outfit Young Rising Sons formed in 2010 and signed with Canvas/Interscope in 2014. Billboard reports the pop/rock quartet’s major-label debut single ‘High’ is “bubbling under” its Adult Pop Songs chart, aided by the group’s Snapchat commercial that’s generated 350,000 YouTube views. After signing with the New York-based production company, Dirty Canvas Music, Young Rising Sons released ‘High’ as a regional single. The song garnered positive feedback and regular airplay on local stations, leading to a deal with Interscope Records and a self-titled, 4-song debut EP. ‘High’ is currently No. 42 on the Mediabase Hot AC airplay chart.
Young Rising Sons includes high school classmates Dylan Scott (guitar), Julian Dimagiba (bass), and Steve Patrick (drums). When the trio caught singer-songwriter Andy Tongren performing at a bar in New York City, they recruited him to front the band. The ensuing Young Rising Sons EP peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard Heatseekers Albums chart for the Middle Atlantic region. Tongren says the band’s experience has been “an amazing ride” since signing with Interscope. “The goal since we started playing music as kids was to sign a record deal, and now that it’s happened, it’s all pretty surreal,” Tongren tells AllAccess.com.
”This really is just the beginning of the journey,” declares the singer-songwriter. “There’s a lot of hard work ahead of us, but we couldn’t be more excited.” Tongren adds the Young Rising Sons EP is a great introduction to the band’s “bright, modern, hard pop” sound. “We tell a real story; our honest account of life’s ups and downs, but with a glimpse of hope,” he reveals. “I think a lot of bands are sucked into a Top 40 world based on singles and forget who they are … we aren’t willing to compromise our voice to fit in and I think that’s something that sets us apart.”
Tongren admits that ‘High’ is his favorite song to perform live. “I always seem to get a little glimpse of perspective when we play it, and I take a minute to look around at the guys that I get to share the stage with and say to myself, ‘We are really doing this.’” He adds that Scott and Patrick love playing ‘King Of The World’ because of the energy, while Dimagiba is a punk rock fan who favors the push beat in ‘Red & Gold.’ The other song off the EP is a track titled, ‘Turnin’.’
“We put a piece of ourselves into our music and hope that listeners can in some way connect or relate with it,” states Tongren in the AllAccess interview. “We want to create a shared experience between us and our audience through what we do, because sometimes music can tell stories that words cannot. We can’t tell people how to respond to our music, but I hope that it gives them a glimmer of optimism.” Young Rising Sons is touring U.S. venues with Halsey beginning Mar. 11 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. A separate leg of the tour with The Kooks and Joywave gets underway Apr. 26 in Houston, and includes a Jun. 8 appearance at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware.
Watch the official music video for ‘High,’ the debut single from New Jersey quartet Young Rising Sons.
As A Matter of Fact…
* Young Rising Sons was formed in 2010 by Red Bank, N.J., natives Dylan Scott (guitar), Julian Dimagiba (bass), and Steve Patrick (drums). Ohio-born vocalist Andy Tongren was added after the three friends caught him play an acoustic set at a bar in New York City.
* The band’s name stems from the meaning behind the group’s song ‘Red & Gold,’ a track about getting back up after you’ve been knocked down. Tongren says the idea sums up the band’s journey of pushing ahead despite early failures.
* Young Rising Sons is influenced by classic pop acts such as The Beatles and Motown artists (e.g. Four Tops, Temptations) as well as the melodic hard rock of Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen and Green Day. More recent influences include NeedToBreathe, Bad Suns, Milky Chance, and John Mayer.
* Tongren says that while he was born and raised in Ohio, he considers himself an honorary New Jersey guy. “The coolest thing I’ve seen since I’ve lived here is the culture around Bruce Springsteen … it seems like everyone here is born with a little Springsteen in their soul,” notes the singer.
* In addition to the Young Rising Sons self-titled EP, a separate EP includes three versions of ‘High’ as Bleachers and Little Daylight remixes as well as an acoustic version. The 4-track set also includes a cover of Tove Lo’s ‘Habits (Stay High).’