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By Alan Ho

Who:  Young Rising Sons

Where:  Red Bank, NJ

For fans of:  Fun., One Republic, Young the Giant

Working their way up to the big leagues, New Jersey-band Young Rising Sons have accomplished a lot within the past year, and from the looks of things, they are still on the rise… pun intended.

Humble beginnings, hard work ethics and never giving up have paid off for the Jersey-born rockers. The Young Rising Sons are rounding out quite an eventful year. From landing a record deal with Interscope Records to releasing their debut EP last month, the foursome comprised of Andy Tongren, Dylan Scott, Julian Dimagiba and Steve Patrick is now taking a turn under our spotlight.

The Young Rising Sons live up to their name with their uplifting and upbeat sound. Their recently released, self-titled EP features four tracks that lead singer Andy Tongren says have “a little hit of optimism,” and the band’s first single, “High” is a testament to that.

Featured on BBC Radio One and named as Zane Lowe’s “Next Hype” track, “High” is almost a documentation of the Young Rising Sons’ journey to the present point in time. Tongren says:

I think that ”High” is really about the ups and downs, and we’ve had a lot of those in the band. That song kind of sums us up […] All the time that we spent trying things that didn’t work, it’s all worth it now. So that’s kind of what “High” is about and why we wanted to write it. We saw this change, and we could feel it sort of happen from the very beginning. And we knew something was different, and we wanted to capture that in “High.”

Fresh off a tour with Little Daylight, the Young Rising Sons are heading back to the studio to finish up a full-length album due out early next year. Between recording sessions, the band will be playing a few shows here and there before heading out on another tour with KONGOS.

If you want a quick pick-me up to ease away back-to-school blues, be sure to pick up the Young Rising Sons self-titled EP.

Music Video: High

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