Standing in line before a show is one of my favorite parts of any concert, but the best line by far is at Warped Tour. This is the place where new bands trek up and down the line, sharing their music, hoping to build a following and sell enough CDs to get to the next stop. The standout music this year was from an Indiana-based band called Rebuild & Rebound, whose debut EP should have a warning label – because it is addictive. Jake Brown (Lead Vocals/ Guitar), Quade Maximoff (Bass), Christian Danner (Guitar/Vocals), and Mike Klein (Drums) have created five songs that are as polished and energetic as the top headliners in pop/punk music today.
Sometimes, the music writes itself. The third track on The Paper Bag EP was not written specifically for two voices, yet through the recording process, it happened. Brown explains, “Like all our songs, we put harmonies over certain parts and came up with the idea for the last chorus to put the other vocal pattern behind the main one.” The result is a compelling two-part harmony that features Danner and Klein on vocals. The natural evolution of their music fits the collective vision for Rebuild & Rebound. Brown says, “The thing about a music career is that as you grow, doors open and you meet people. Various opportunities arise that you can never plan, it is something you have to let develop naturally.” While it is important to have a strategy, artists need to be flexible in order to meet their goals.
A song does not have to include a message to be relevant. The fourth song on the EP, “The Fall” is a cautionary tale of the dangers in excessive lifestyles. After a captivating guitar intro, the lyrics get right down to a personal experience that almost always turns out badly. The words, “Don’t let the flowing waters rush you to an earthquake/cold touch/heartbreak/mistake/I feel I’ve seen it all before” portray the ease with which partying can get out of control. Rebuild & Rebound do not claim to be straight edge, yet they demonstrate concern over wasted lives. Brown describes it as, “People need to realize that you don’t have to be getting trashed and popping pills to have a good time, there’s so much more to life.” Excess can rob a person of their focus and prevent them from fulfilling their dreams. The song is not a message in the traditional sense, but words that inspire listeners to take stock of their aspirations.
New artists have a lot to learn. Brown finds that believing in God gives him a sense of purpose. He would like to believe that his music helps encourage others to keep going. He stated that he writes positive, uplifting music because he feels there is already enough negativity in the music we hear. However, that does not stop Rebuild & Rebound from rocking the punk genre with the attitude and hard-hitting sounds fans crave. As an unsigned band, Brown admits that they are just beginning to learn about the business aspect of music by taking it one step at a time. Personally, he strives to advance his skills in guitar and vocals, and one day hopes to study music theory and composition. In the meantime, Rebuild & Rebound will continue to bring their music to the masses by playing regional shows and introducing new songs through their website.