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Today we’d like to introduce you to the AS WE RISE story

Hi AS WE RISE, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
AS WE RISE was an idea born after the end of our guitarist’s last band. He was answering craigslist ads seeking to put a project together with like-minded people during covid when it was in full swing. Playing in a band focused on the betterment of the human race was a dream of his and it has become a mission of the collective. Our songs are written about real-life experiences and lack censorship in any way. I’ve been able to take this concept a bit deeper through opening up about my own battles with mental health. It’s been incredible to take an idea and apply resources to help the people we reach in a seemingly unforgiving world.

How did we get here? Our guitarist Eric met some other musicians and started jamming on ideas, while he also took on the role of songwriting and producing. We opened our home up to our new friends and it became the hub for tracking new ideas and to talk about the grand dream of playing out again if live music ever truly came back. I was not yet in the band at this point.

I found myself in the middle of this creation, often painting in the same room and it was hard to watch the different vocal auditions not go the way they hoped. At one point, Eric asked me to try singing a line and the rest is history. I joined the band officially just over a year and a half ago. We could only play two songs at the time, and not very well, haha. It took a lot of work and part of that growth cycle brought us our drummer, Oliver.

With this nucleus becoming AS WE RISE, we’ve written almost a dozen songs and played close to 15 shows. We’ve recorded a handful of these songs for our EP and we finally get to release our work to the world at our first headling Denver show on Friday, September 23rd!

It has been a heck of a ride and we’re just starting to get our footing. We can’t wait to see what the future holds.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Hahahaha. Well, it has been anything but easy. There is a lot more than it may seem like being in a band that performs and puts out music.

Having multiple creatives in the band will always make for different ideas and methods for creating. Some of the time we found it to be easy as ideas came together quickly and other times creative differences couldn’t be solved which led to a few lost members. We feel grateful to still be friends in these situations and to have enjoyed the experience of sharing some stage time with them.

Other obstacles have been sexism and metal elitists. As a woman in a metal band, I have often been looked down upon for just being myself in a male-dominated genre. It’s been enlightening to see people saying we have it easy while showing up to shows where none of the bands we’re playing with will look me in the eye. There is a huge problem with this and I hope to change it. Metal elitists make a bad name for metal. I’ll leave it at that.

Learning to scream and growl felt empowering. I’m still learning every day.

All of this has been on top of regularly scheduled social media posts, designing flyers, shirts, koozies, and all the other merch items needed for a successful sales day at a show. Eric runs ads for our shows and creates all of our promotional photography and video. We’re a pretty self-sufficient band but we do know that our needs will eventually surpass our ability to keep up.

Coming from a background of peer degradation, bullying, and self-doubt – it was a hard road growing up. I had such a low self-esteem back then and believing in myself enough to perform was hard at first. I’ve really started to love this aspect of singing and each time we perform it helps me to love myself a bit more. I want everyone to feel what that is like with their own passions. I love supporting what makes anyone feel alive.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
AS WE RISE is a band dedicated to the forward progress of humankind. In a world that can be harsh and unforgiving, we create relatable music about betterment through our own real-life struggles. These are topics that can’t be swept under the rug anymore. “It’s time to open the curtains and let us open our hearts to what’s right” is a little bit of what all of us are feeling right now.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
We all grew up in Fort Collins. While it carries some serious nostalgia for us, it’s got a limited number of venues with a TON of bands. We feel very fortunate that The Coast took a chance on us for our first self-run show back in December. We’ve packed that place a few times now, each time the experience was incredible and allowed us to pay all the bands fairly. Fort Collins is also home to Blast N Scrap and the FoCoMx festival featuring 300+ bands in April each year. These two nonprofits have been incredible to us and other locals in a variety of genres. We’re excited to do our part to help cultivate a supportive and inclusive music community.

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