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In Session: Teen band Rise Above
By Matthew Crist

Rise Above
The boys from Rise Above lark about at BBC Radio Berkshire when they visit The Session

Rock, guitar, grunge three-piece Rise Above were guests in the studio recently to talk about their music.

Matt, Andy and John from Southcote, talked about plans for the future and how none of them could play an instrument, let alone write a song a few years ago.

"We all went to see My Chemical Romance at Wembley about three years ago and came out thinking we could do that."

From that moment on the teenagers set about teaching themselves.

They started by calling upon childhood influences to write songs. Matt only had one real option, the guitar was always a favourite of his dad and cousins, Andy was juggling the roles of singer and drummer but when a band member dropped out he ended up doing both and as for John, "I play bass because I can't play guitar", he says.

Battle of the bands

Just two years later and they won The Plug 'n' Play Battle of the Bands under their new guise.

"We all went home and decided to write names down, I was scouring through some books and saw the word rise and then the word above and decided to put them together, genius really," jokes Matt.

As with any group of 17 year old guys growing up there will always be problems, but when that group are chasing the dream of pop stardom it inevitably causes friction, something which the band were happy to talk about.

Rise Above
It was the band's first radio interview when they took part in the show

"It has it's downfalls at times, me and Andy have a love/hate relationship, I just love to hate him", says John with the hint of a smile.

"It' just the fact that we are all growing up and whatever bothers us we take out on the next person."

Despite an obvious passion for music they all have an eye on alternative careers should things not work out.

John has plans to become the next Arsene Wenger as a budding football coach. For Matt it is music all the way, maybe as a producer and what about budding carpenter Andy?

"I'll just give up looking for a job for a while and concentrate on the gigs," he says.


For now though the guys are very much involved in being Rise Above and you can catch them live at The Cellar Bar, Bracknell - May 23rd. The Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading - May 29th. The Amersham Arms, London - June 4th and The Reading Fringe Festival - August20th.

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