“I’ve come to the decision that I’m not settling for the ordinary because my life means so much more than just a routine.” These words began as just another set of lyrics for vocalist, Josh Meyers, but would soon become part of Out Of the Ordinary, the first demo from See The Rise and the start to so much more.
Meyers formed See The Rise in the summer of 2011 with the intention of spreading authentic hope to a lost and hurting generation. Meyers knew that the quickly gained momentum from the Out of the Ordinary demo now meant that life for him, as well as his band mates, would now be anything but ordinary.
A quick and exciting start became haunting and painful when Meyers’ wife, bassist and vocalist for See The Rise (former), was caught in an affair with his long time friend and guitarist for See The Rise (former). As adultery was and is not in Meyers’ life plan or the band’s mission, reconstruction of the band’s line-up was necessary.
In fall of 2012, Meyers crafted The Theft EP, based on John 10:10: “The Thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I have come so you may have life and have it to the full.” Meyers was inspired greatly by this piece of scripture and knew that when joined by his story of finding hope in hopelessness, the lives of many would, too, be inspired and changed for good.
The Theft EP was released April 5, 2013 and quickly received positive feedback. The combination of angst-filled lyrics and a message of hope were the perfect fuel for launching the band to new opportunities, such as being the opening act for: Like Moths to Flames, For Today, Eyes Set to Kill, A Skylit Drive, and more. See The Rise hit the Midwest highways on the Youth For Christ Tour and opened for These Hearts on select dates of the Yours To Take Album Release Tour. See the Rise kept forward by winning the online poll for the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands, and was invited to play on the Ernie Ball Stage for the 2013 Vans Warped Tour Minneapolis date. The early success traveled fast and caught the proper attention to land them a spot on the HM Magazine Stage at Minnesota’s largest Christian music festival, Sonshine. Still “on the rise,” See The Rise was given the honor of performing at the Minnesota State Fair, which later contributed to the band being named one of “Minnesota’s Top 10 Christian Bands” by the City Pages.
After a busy and challenging first few years, See The Rise decided to take some time away from performing to focus on writing and finding a steady and reliable band roster. “See The Rise had been cursed with finding the ‘right’ members,” said Meyers. October 2014, prayers were answered as the band reached the current line-up. Kyle Zahorski (drums), previously bass player from The Theft EP and only other original member, Andrew Davis (Bass), Brian Elliott (Guitar/Vocals), and Jason Law (Guitar).
Newly reconstructed and motivated, See The Rise hit the studio in early 2015 to record their first full-length album, Exposures. See The Rise is now more determined than ever to deliver a message of hope, to live life out of the ordinary, and to expose the “Thief” in his plot to destroy their mission.