Curiously, these lyrics from Moonrise Nation's track "Hide Your Fire" on their debut EP, find their inspiration from Shakespeare's Macbeth. Arden Bee, 17, composer and one-third of Moonrise Nation explains, "You don't always want people to see what you really want. You don't really want people to see your 'dark and deep desires'; especially if you're a little ashamed, a little embarrassed." As for Arden's young band-mates, sister Eva Bee and Emma McCall, they agree that the band's lyrics, including their homage to Macbeth, lend themselves as a voice for a generation. Thankfully for the girls, time and success have proven that Moonrise Nation isn't something to be hidden.
Moonrise Nation found their start in 2011 taking the stage at various open mic's around their home town of Chicago. What started out as a two high school friends, Emma and Eva, sharing and performing songs for each other on back porches, quickly turned into two friends and a younger sister (Arden) sharing a whole set list on the Chicago music scene.
Over the course of one summer, Moonrise Nation went from hurriedly choosing the band name to headlining during a fall residency at Chicago's Hard Rock Café in 2013. Before long, the opportunities presented themselves for events that increased their exposure. While still recording their first EP, Moonrise Nation were invited to play four sets at the Electric Forest Music Festival with some of their most idolized contemporaries.
With Dark Horse Group management spearheading a team to develop the obvious talents of these young musicians, in comes David Z and Bobby Z (AKA David and Bobby Rivkin). The brothers from Minneapolis are well known in the media entertainment industry. David Z, as a Grammy winning producer as well as his longstanding collaborations with PRINCE and Etta James. Bobby Z, as the original and lasting drummer for Prince and The Revolution.
With their rock star personas, the idea of working with the "Z" brothers was somewhat overwhelming to the girls. Now signed to Bobby Z's ZINC label, the process of recording, mixing and mastering was guided by the vision and experienced hands of David Z on the board. What resulted was nothing short of genius.
The deal came about, not via Youtube, Facebook or any other New Media Social Hybrid but rather, the old school way; watching the band play live. Instantly, the Z'Bros were riveted. Bobby Z taps into what he found most appealing about the girls, "With their moving harmonies, incredible song writing and inspired performances, you know right away Moonrise Nation is something special." After hearing the trio, David Z knew he wanted to work on their debut, "Moonrise Nation are originators. They don't sound like anyone else. These girls are making new music."
After performing these songs for two years it was time to give birth. In what seemed like a dream for the girls, producer David Z, came to the table to assist in developing the raw talent into a commercially viable recording. With a depth of songs to choose from, he hand chose the songs that would comprise the contents of their first recording, the self-titled EP, Moonrise Nation.
"Empty Hearted", the bands first single and music video "is a song about being at your wit's end with chasing someone's heart and finally taking the direction of things into your own hands" says writer Emma McCall. The song's catchy chorus continues to swirl in the listener's head long after the recording has stopped.
It is now simply a test of time that will prove to be the guidepost of success. The well crafted songs and lyrics will stand as Moonrise Nation traces emotions concerned with the darker side of love and youth transcending age, allowing the listener to reflect on their own experiences.
2528 Nicollet Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
|Minimum Age: 21|
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|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|