The highly anticipated 2005 debut LP “Lightworker” (Fearless) is a moody, electric array of songs that tell of supernatural wonders of the universe, life, death and learning. Produced and engineered by Don Lithgow (who previously worked with Unwritten Law, Finch and Blink 182) “Lightworker” is melodic and hard hitting at the same time. Vocalist Brandon Bolmer says the mood of “Lightworker” seems like “a person’s entire life story (trials and heavenly moments included) in just 12 + 1 songs.” The band members are no strangers to trials or heavenly moments, as there have been many of those so far in Yesterdays Rising’s nearly three year journey together. In 2004, Yesterdays Rising became the youngest band to ever play on the Vans Warped Tour, where they were well received and quickly gained notoriety for their insane live performances. Attracting 300-1,000 kids in every city during their shows on the tour was quite an accomplishment for a first time touring band.
Yesterdays Rising was invited back to play all 50 shows for the 2005 Vans Warped Tour where they will be headlining the same SmartPunk stage that helped Underoath launch their career in 2004. With a solid and devoted fan base that only gets stronger with each show, Yesterdays Rising’s performances on the Smartpunk stage in 2005 will definitely have people mesmerized. While this band can certainly stand on their own musically, fans of The Used, Deftones and Rage Against the Machine are certain to be captivated by Yesterdays Rising’s unique and inventive style of songwriting. The band is the perfect example that while experiences create memories, it’s the trials they’ve been faced with that have made them stronger as a group and solidified their friendship. Brandon describes the song “Loss” (from “Lightworker”) as a different outlook on the death of band mate Richie Ochoa’s close family member. “He doesn’t know how great the loss will be, of this soul mate partner in the life he leads.” Brandon explains, “We were on tour, and everybody but Richie found out about this tragic loss. We were unable to tell Richie; we wanted his parents to inform him on what had happened.
‘Loss’ was written during the time that I knew, but before Richie found out. The reason I had to write about it is because it’s harder to see somebody’s face, knowing they are going to find something out so tragic, as opposed to seeing their face when they already know.” Where there is loss, there is also gain and Yesterdays Rising is gaining experience at full speed. Trials and tribulations aside, “Lightworker” looks toward the future with a fresh and optimistic outlook; as well as the determination and maturity of a band who defines everything good about “youth.” Yesterdays Rising is anything but yesterday’s band and there is no telling what tomorrow will hold as the band members continue to rise. Read more on Last.fm.
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