June 9 2012 – For the 18th straight year, North By Northeast (NXNE) is happening in Toronto from June 11th to the 17th 2012. NXNE is a music festival, conference, and even a film festival all rolled into one. NXNE is the most anticipated summer music event in Canada and aims to bring exposure to Canadian music of all genres and in general to support the Canadian music industry. Over 650 bands and 40 films converge for 7 days in Toronto and put us on the map in terms of large artistic and creative gatherings. Modeled after the fabled South By Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, we are very pleased that Toronto is hosting NXNE and we are certain that NXNE will grow in both number of attendees and stature in the music industry (much like Toronto’s International Film Festival has). SXSW is plagued by over-commercialization and unless you’re deeply embedded in the industry you can forget about watching the big names. NXNE will also feature large free performances at Yonge-Dundas Square for four nights with the Flaming Lips being the main attraction on June 16.
After we weeded through all the bands bios found here and listened to their music, we were still left with a long list of bands that we were interested in finding out more about. We approached some of our favourite bands to request interviews for our Emerging Artist Spotlight series. Today we set our focus on a band from Toronto named Rise for Order. All bands we talked to are asked similar questions to each other so we can get to know them better. The description on Rise for Order’s NXNE bio page reads:
Riff heavy yet harmonic Toronto modern rock powerhouse Rise For Order play, and look, very hard. Supporting their debut album.
It is clear that the five members of Rise For Order share an intense passion for their music which bonds them together as a band, and as brothers. Nowhere is this more evident than in their live performances, the way in which they interact with their fans and friends. Through their recorded material, the listener experiences that feeling and is invited in to be a part of Rise For Order. Having paid their dues in various bands and projects leading up to this, never before have these five individuals found themselves belonging to a group of people so dedicated and driven to making music their career.
Having been a strong force in the Toronto music scene for over 5 years, 2012 looks to be an explosive year for RFO. Set to release another EP and a video for the upcoming single, Rise For Order is set to blow away the world all on their own!
Here is what they had to say to us:
1. Hey Rise for Order, thanks for taking the time out to talk to us. Let’s start off with the obligatory introductions. Who’s in the band and what instrument does everyone rock?
Rise for Order:
Johnny Goltz – Vocals
Trevor Macleod – Vocals and Guitar
Jason Kavanagh – Bass
Ryan Tuer – Keys and Vocals
Sasha Siegal – Drums
2. How about the history of the band, when did you get started and how did it happen?
Rise for Order: We’ve been around a long time but long story short, Trevor over heard Johnny rehearsing and asked him to start the band. We’ve been goin ever since, even with some alterations within the band itself we’ve managed to stay focused on creating music.
Rise For Order
3. Who are some of your musical influences?
Rise for Order: Musically there are no limitations, But to name a few, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice in Chains, Foo Fighters, Metallica, Michael Jackson, Zeppelin, Nirvana etc.
4. We found you as we were searching through the mountain of artists being featured at the 2012 NXNE. Why should a music fan come and see your show instead of all the other choices available to them?
Rise for Order: We put on a live show of such intensity and passion that we feel an audience that loves hard rock can connect with it instantly.
5. What is your favorite single line of lyrics the band has written and why?
Rise for Order: Johnny – “Love sick, Tantric, Fake Shit, Home sick” from our album ‘Rip it Up’ the song “Weed and Hooker Spit”
6. What does the rest of 2012 and 2013 hold for you?
Rise for Order: We just finished our newest EP, we’ll be releasing that soon along with some unique live videos to go along with it. Plus we’ll be releasing an official video for our single ‘Enemy’. And we plan to do some headlining shows once the EP is released.
Rise For Order
7. Imagine that you were asked to be the opener for any band’s world tour (both current and historical). Which band and tour would be your dream opening gig?
Rise for Order:
Jason – Definitely the Foo Fighters
Johnny – Tool
Sasha – Zeppelin or Rage against the Machine would be cool
Ryan – Crosby, Stills and Nash
8. What is the future of the music industry? With the concept of the album and physical CD’s facing extinction, how will we be consuming music in 10 years? Are the economics feasible for emerging artists?
Rise for Order: Jason – With the economy on such a rebound its way more economical for bands to push themselves over the internet these days anyway, with Itunes/soundcloud etc. But if someone went and downloaded some of our songs from a limewire for example, then all the power to them. As long as our music gets out to people cause they’ll be the ones coming to our shows, buying our merch and then physically wanting a hard copy of the cd anyway. As for CD’s becoming extinct, who knows? But hey, that may be why vinyl is making a comeback!
9. Where can people get your music/CD, is it being sold anywhere?
Rise for Order: They can purchase our stuff on Itunes.
10. At the end of 2011 we did our picks for top 10 albums of 2011. What album do you think we should include in our top 10 albums of 2012 article?
Rise for Order: Jason – It may not necessarily be a top 10 album but Seether’s ‘Holding onto strings better left to fray’ was pretty awesome.
11. Any closing remarks for our readers?
Rise for Order: Stay tuned we got some cool videos coming! and Some awesome shows in the works! Big thank you to all of our fans, friends and family that support us day in and day out!
Thanks so much to Rise For Order. We hope that you can see them live. They are playing Wednesday June 13 at The Rochester for NXNE. The band’s website is www.risefororder.com and as you would expect they are on Twitter and Facebook. In the meantime check out their video below from YouTube.