Monday, January 12, 2009

3 January 2009

SouthSide On The Town

“…we dig that you (Fearless Radio & fans) dig us…” The Lifeline

Happy 2009, Fearless fans! SouthSide kicked the year off with a bang at the famous Metro. It was the first all-ages show for 2009 which had bands like Made Available, Kidnap In Color and Janus performing on stage. Also on the lineup was The Lifeline with Inept headlining in a CD Release set. Before joining the fun upstairs, SouthSide was lucky enough to hang out backstage with Ryan and Rebecca for a brief interview.

Fresh from their appearance on WGN-TV Morning News on Friday, January 2nd, The Lifeline was set to rock out the Metro crowd. They described their music as a mixed of classical and rock which is sometimes hard to truly classify them in the local scene. However, for this band, it works to their advantage. You could attribute their unique rock sound as part of The Lifeline’s success with its many fans. This band continuously sets the bar high producing awesome music in which it mixes different genres. Some of their songs, for example their latest hit Romeo & Juliet, had the feel of a classical tone from Rebecca on violin. Yet, it stays within that rock tempo with Ryan and Eddie on guitars, Lonni on drums and Berto on bass. According to Ryan, “We don’t take the actual classical piece like Tchaikovsky’s Romeo & Juliet. We just take the mood of the piece flipping it around.”

In the end, it’s all presentation with The Lifeline too. For example, their Trilogy was not only a huge success with fans but it was also recognized at film festivals such as West Hollywood Film Festival and Independent Film Festival. This recognition gave the band good feedback on how the general public responds to their type of music. When asked if there will be a follow-up to Trilogy, The Lifeline said Chris Folkens, the director, would like to one for Push and Pull however the band prefers to wait until they’re signed. Right now, The Lifeline is aggressively working hard to be a part of Taste of Chaos Ernie Ball Battle of Bands show. They’re encouraging fans to vote early and often in hopes that The Lifeline can perform with other bands in Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee. Besides the Taste of Chaos, The Lifeline has other plans in the works for 2009 such as a new album, a tour and more songs on the Q101 rotation. Currently fans can see their video, Not for Nothing, on Fuse On Demand this month. The interview ended on a light note with SouthSide asking Ryan and Rebecca if they’ve broken their new year’s resolutions yet. Ryan admitted he had broken his which was to keep a cool head however Rebecca mentioned she hopes to be more organized. Finally, The Lifeline would like Fearless fans to know they love independent anything and support what Fearless Radio does for you and bands like The Lifeline.

If you haven’t heard The Lifeline live before, you missed an excellent opportunity to hear Chicago’s most unique rock band. Unique may not be the correct word when it comes to describing this band and their music. However they’re certainly different with their own distinctive style and sound which is blowing critics and fans away. Their songs cross all boundaries of music genres from classical to alternative rock that will instantly win over a first time listener. And you don’t have to be fan of classical or rock music to enjoy either. It’s an exclusive twist on classical with rock or vice versa only The Lifeline can provide. At times Rebecca on violin can act like the missing fourth guitar during songs like Push and Pull. Other times, it gave that classical mood and tempo needed to balance the rock like in Romeo and Juliet. It certainly did command the mood and tempo of The Lifeline’s rock sound especially during one called Why So Serious. SouthSide could feel the Heath Ledger’s character The Joker from The Dark Knight as the inspiration for this dark piece. There was angst off the guitar riffs mixed with passion off the violin’s rhythms. They’re definitely not your ordinary rock band yet that’s how The Lifeline likes it. SouthSide highly recommends fans attending their next performance or watching their Not for Nothing video on Fuse On Demand this month. For more information about The Lifeline and its music, visit them at or

Fearless fans are encouraged to view photos from this show at

Until next time, Fearless fans, support local indie artists and music.


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