The Lifeline... where the hard edge of rock meets the sophistication and emotion of classical music or more simply put, "Class Meets Sass".
Founded by front man Ryan T. Hope and violinist Rebecca Faber
The band released their debut independent album Where There Is Life, There Is Hope... in 2005 and was quickly followed up by their second album For All Who Triumph in November of 2006. In January, 2011 they released their most current album Reflections Of Hope.
"For All Who Triumph" allowed people to see the band blurring the line between musical genres by not only mixing different styles but also by bringing a concept to the entire record. “Our goal with an album has always been to leave a person with a feeling of satisfaction at the end. Like at the close of a movie or your favorite book,” says vocalist Ryan T. Hope. “You remember each chapter and the lessons it taught you. By the end you’ve gone through a journey that’s made you stronger and more self-aware.” The bands next endeavor consisted of a series of music videos put together to create a short film called “Trilogy.” For an unsigned act, Trilogy proved to be above and beyond anyone’s expectations. The video has received much acclaim making it into many film festivals such as the West Hollywood Film Festival and the Midwest Independent Film Festival. It has also received the Golden Eagle award from CINE as well as best cinematography at the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s BMA’s in 2008. To date “Trilogy” tops the list as one of the bands crowning achievements. The Lifeline finished off 2008 perfecting a small group of songs to follow up the release of “For All Who Triumph.” It wasn’t long before songs like “Crashing Waves” and “Romeo and Juliet” caught the attention of on air-personalities at Chicago’s local rock station, Q101.1, and were quickly added to the rotation on the stations program Crash Test Radio.
The bands popularity among fans increased and it wasn’t long before they found themselves opening for artists such as “30 Seconds To Mars” and “Saving Abel.” In 2009 The Lifeline were one of three bands nominated from over one hundred and fifty artists for an MTV video music award in the category of “Best Chicago Breakout Artist.” The band was also only one of twenty artists from around the world to be selected to take part in alternative rock festival, “Rock Saga” in Negril, Jamaica.
In January of 2011 The Lifeline released their most current album "Reflections Of Hope" in style! The band held a record release show at the historic Metro in Chicago which was only a few dozen people short of selling out the 1,000 capacity venue. The album featured one of the bands most popular songs to date "Romeo and Juliet".
The band officially signed a management deal with their current manager T.J. Sagen and JBM on March 11, 2011. JBM also manages the Grammy nominated rock band Disturbed, along with Device, Fight or Flight and Art of Dying.
On January 17, 2012 the "Underworld: Awakening" soundtrack, which will feature singer Ryan T. Hope, will be released to coincide with the upcoming movie. The song entitled "You Won't See The Light" is a collaboration between Hope and former Filter guitarist Geno Lenardo. Other notable artists on the soundtrack include Evanescence, Linkin Park, The Cure, Lacuna Coil and Lacey Strum of Flyleaf.
Review of Reflections of Hope:
Reflections of Hope
Source: Chicago Verse United
Dynamic orchestral-fused rock act The Lifeline is no stranger to grand statements, as anyone who’s seen the group live can attest. With sweeping song structures and live violin work courtesy of the band’s Rebecca Faber, The Lifeline is a band that leaves an impression, if not a mark. Now, with today’s release of the band’s latest full length production, Reflections Of Hope, The Lifeline may have made its boldest statement yet. With symphonic spirit backing thunderous modern rock productions led by frontman Ryan Hope’s commanding vocal presence, it’s clear neither The Lifeline nor their latest effort are meant to be taken lightly. Speaking to CVU about the effort, Hope expands upon the experience of and intent in making Reflections Of Hope.
“We began writing the material for this record almost two years ago. In that time we have gone through so many changes both sonically and dynamically within the band, that the final product has really turned out to be something that we could have never predicted. Sure you are still going to hear the things that you know and love about The Lifeline, but with much more depth and sincerity.”
“Rebecca and I started this record by brainstorming some of the things that we felt brought us to where we are now as a band and as people,” the singer continues. “Reflections of Hope is intended to be not only a story about that journey but about the journey’s that others are experiencing in whatever stage they are at in their lives. As corny as it may sound, we aim to give people hope, and in a world where most people wouldn’t stop to piss on you if you were on fire, it’s important for us to address the issues that we address. I think that this is one thing that will never change from album to album with The Lifeline.”
“To us, growth is so important,” Hope emphasizes, before adding “I think as an artist if you are not growing in these ways from album to album then you need to reevaluate your processes.”
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Review of For All Who Triumph:
For All Who Triumph
With so many internet outlets out there, a number of artists have been able to find independent success. Then there are then bands like The Lifeline who take everything to a whole new level. With incredible music videos/movies that are easily comparable, if not better than, half of the videos that you see these days, it's hard to believe that this is an indie band. On their latest effort, "For All Who Triumph," this Chicago based band seems primed and ready to break through and find huge mainstream success and it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see a major label swipe them up in no time. By bringing together a wide range of influences from The Smashing Pumpkins to AFI to Pink Floyd, etc... and combining them with a modern edge this is an album that is going to attract the many flooding to the Warped Tour stages year in and year out. The first thing that will grab your attention is that a violin, provided by Rebecca Faber, is one of the more prominent instruments throughout the album and acts as a perfect companion to the well delivered vocals of Ryan T. Hope, which bring the lyrics, dark at times, to life. It doesn't surprise me at all that songs like "Not For Nothing" have already been finding their way to mainstream radio stations. It is, as with this whole album, everything the current alternative mainstream is about. Driving guitars that assault you at all of the perfect moments, a rhythm section that pounds right through you, but all the while the music seems to take a bit of a backseat to the vocals which allows for the lyrics to be a focal point of a majority of these songs. Lifeline is easily a band to keep your eyes on and "For All Who Triumph" is a must have for any modern alternative rock fan.
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