“As of today Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK and Ireland where marriage equality is not accepted… This is wrong. So we would like to use this video as a small token of support for that cause because marriage equality and indeed equal rights should exist for all citizens to be who they are and live their lives however they wish.” The Rising
The Rising can best be described as blending fresh-faced Pop/Rock with Modern Country Stylings fresh from Nashville. The band have just released their second album “Moving On” to great critical acclaim including positive reviews and features with the likes of Guitarist Magazine, Country Music Magazine, Hotpress Magazine, No Depression, The Arts Desk, Yorkshire Times and many more.
The album was recorded between the band’s native Belfast and Nashville (TN) and features musicians such as Chris Brush and Tommy Detamore on Pedal Steel Guitar.
Previously, the band have performed at Country 2 Country Festival at London’s O2 (Twice). Toured the UK and Ireland extensively on their own headline tours and have also opened for Ward Thomas, The Shires and Jess & The Bandits.
First single from the album “Rebound” achieved success when it was given a world premiere by US based Country Music Bible ‘The Boot’. The band’s music has also enjoyed heavy radio play and play listing globally, including USA, UK, Europe, Ireland and beyond. Including good support on UK National radio including extensive radio play on the likes of BBC Radio 2, BBC London etc including support from the likes of Graham Norton, Gaby Roslin and Alex Lester. BBC Introducing also named it song of the week on the week of is release.
As they approached the filming of the video for the sensational Even The Stars Fall For You, the band realised there was topic close to their heart that they wished to speak out about. “As a band we are firmly behind the equal rights for all citizens and quite frankly we are appalled by the notion that in the modern times that two people cant show their love for each other and get married. For us, it doesn’t matter what part of the LGBT spectrum you fall on, we believe that love is a very powerful thing and most people don’t find true love in their lifetime. So if two people find true love they should be able to express that love and get married if they wish.”
With their album, Moving On, having been praised for its raw honesty, they wanted to maintain a real truth when showcasing Even The Stars Fall For You. “When coming up with concept ideas for this music video we knew that we wanted to have a literal story following the lyric. We also knew that we wanted to show a couple and put their love story on the screen. Whilst discussing this idea we came with the idea that it would be so much more believable and natural if we had a real couple in the video instead of just actors playing a part. Once we had this idea we immediately started thinking about who would be best to play this. There was only one real answer. One of the best couples we know Rebecca McIntyre and Sarah J Gallagher.”
With Rebecca having turned to Chris during a tough period in her life, the very early ideas that would become Even The Stars Fall For You can still be found on his filing system as Rebecca’s Song. Featuring her so prominently in the video was a natural decision for the trio. “When we were making this video Rebecca and Sarah J were very proud to show their love on camera and also stated that it is something that doesn’t get shown very often in music videos or in the media in general. This resonated with us as a band because we want to use our music to bring about change and make people think about world issues. It is also a very current topic in our home town of Belfast, Northern Ireland. As of today Northern Ireland is the only place in the UK and Ireland where marriage equality is not accepted… This is wrong. So we would like to use this video as a small token of support for that cause because marriage equality and indeed equal rights should exist for all citizens to be who they are and live their lives however they wish.”
2019 UK TOUR:
18 February – Hug & Pint, Glasgow
19 February – Gullivers, Manchester
20 February – Thunderbolt, Manchester
21 February – The Water Rats, London
1 March – Belfast Barge, Belfast