On a regular Tuesday night in Cleveland, 7 Minutes to Heaven turned up the volume and got down to the business of fun. Timmy Rasmussen (vocals/guitar), Alex Rogers (vocals/bass), and Justin Mondzak (guitar/vocals) thrilled the audience with their signature alternative rock sound and surprises around every corner.
Surprise #1: It’s a video shoot! The show started with high energy and a crowd that was motivated to take part in the total interactive program that 7MIH is famous for. Under the direction of Rogers, the crowd waved, jumped, and danced with enthusiasm to every song. When he said “Let’s dance”, literally every single person (including me) began moving to the beat. The screams of joy were deafening when Rasmussen told the audience that the show was being filmed for a 7MIH video and we would all be on YouTube soon. For a crowd ready to rock, this was all that was needed to set the tone for a Tuesday Night Dance Party.
Surprise #2: Three part harmonies are mesmerizing. The most compelling part of three part harmonies is that 7MIH has mastered the art of blending each voice to deliver any emotion an individual song demands. From soulful to haunting, or soft whispers to post-hardcore screaming, the voices capture listeners at once, making it impossible to turn away. However, the music is not written specifically for three voices. Rasmussen explained, “We write the music first and the harmonies come in later. It’s more organic as each part is added to the songs.” By letting the vocals evolve naturally, 7MIH achieves a cohesive sound that is never forced or awkward.
Surprise #3: 20,000 views? 7MIH has a YouTube channel and have posted a handful of music videos. Pretty average until you look at the statistics attached. Each video has close to, or over 20,000 views. So, of course, I had to take a closer look. After watching the first video, I clicked on the second, then found myself going back and watching them over again. It was not the videos that had me hooked, it was the music behind them. The songs came to life in each frame, words painted pictures that ran through my mind like a movie. I wanted to dance around the room and sing along as the videos played. When time dictated an end to my viewing, I bookmarked the page so I could return to it later. At first I was surprised that each video had so many views, now I wonder why the numbers are not higher.
Surprise #4: It’s all you. It is one thing to go and see a band, another to be in the band for the night. In the song “Misconnections” lyrics say, “I’m a believer that the things we say/Come from the chances that we wouldn’t dare to make” in a bold call to take action. While it is so easy to sit back and lament on things gone wrong, it is much harder to do something about it. Speaking without action creates ‘misconnections’ that cause confusion and do not effect change. The song resonates with fans who are ready and willing to respond with deeds instead of words. Rogers announced the song, then stepped back from the microphone, letting the audience alone perform the intro verse. It was a powerful moment as the voices of a generation made their statement in song.
Surprise #5: There’s more! 7MIH has toured almost non-stop, but that just adds to the creative process. Rasmussen is a prolific songwriter and fans can look forward to the next EP, which is in the works now. But fans will not have to wait long for more 7MIH, two new music videos, “I’m Okay” will premiere on October 1, with “Fireworks” following on October 16. 7MIH has more surprises in store as they continue to tour the country, turning ordinary nights into the most fun ever.