BAND: Arisen | INTERVIEWER: Antonio De Jesus Ibarra | DATE: February 1st, 2012
ChristCore: Here with us is Arisen from New Braunfels, Texas. Why don’t you start out by telling us how the band got started?
Jonathan Norris: We started a little over a year ago. We played a show at The White Rabbit, played a couple shows, but then we lost our vocalist. So we’ve been looking for the right members for a while.
CC: So now you have a new vocalist?
Jeremy Landry: Yep. My name is Jeremy.
CC: So tell us what it’s like to be a part of Arisen now?
Jeremy: It’s a lot of fun! The last band I was a part of felt more like a job. Um, this band it...it just feels like a hobby. I can have some fun, hang with some dudes that are really cool, and do what I love to do.
CC: How did you guys meet? Were you already friends, or…?
Jonathan: We actually met through Facebook.
Jeremy: Yeah, um, Cameron and Jonathan were friends. I don’t know how they met Alejandro (drummer), but I advertised on The White Rabbit page and they contacted me. We got together, and that’s pretty much how that went.
CC: Tonight you guys played a show. How did that go?
Jeremy: This show went really well. One word, describe it?
Jeremy: Fun?! Wow!
CC: Well, Arisen is coming back this year. Tell us what you have planned for the New Year?
Aaron (Manager): The EP is going to come out in May. So hopefully we are going to get them around to San Antonio, Austin, even Corpus [Christi] and Dallas within the next couple of months. And in the summer we will be really hitting it hard. They’ve been recording with Vincent [Costello], and they should have that done in the next month.
CC: What can we expect on the new EP?
Jeremy: Hard-hitting, absolutely insane music. [There will be] sweet melody, breakdowns, really just well-done music, not this normal breakdown stuff that you get from San Antonio. What, who said that? (Laughs)
CC: Describe your sound to another band?
CameronHuser: As I Lay Dying.
Alejandro: As I Lay Dying.
Jonathan: Maybe Killswitch Engage, or All That Remains? More chorus-driven stuff.
Jeremy: I would say ABR, As I Lay Dying, mixed with [The] Devil Wears Prada.
CC: What is the message for the new EP?
Jeremy: It’s for everyone who feels like they can’t do something that you love to do because people try to discourage you. You can do anything, even if you have to break yourself or break someone else; you can always be put back together.
CC: Do you consider yourself a Christian band?
CC: Any final words for the fans?
Jeremy: Be on the lookout; be ready for May. We are Arisen 2012, and we’re hitting it hard.
[There will be] sweet melody, breakdowns, really just well done music. - Arisen
"We are Arisen 2012, and we're hitting it hard." - Arisen
Posted on: February 1st, 2012 PST By: Antonio De Jesus Ibarra