Silverline, I Am Empire, and Bright Light Parade Play at BC
Check out an exclusive interview with three bands that recently performed at BC.
March 23, 2011
Although the return of football to Bluefield College is still a few months away, there was a very competitive game of pigskin on campus between Shott Hall and Easley Library on a recent windy afternoon.
Members of the bands Silverline and I am Empire took advantage of some free time to square off on the quad, using sidewalks as end zones, and showing off crafty moves to avoid light poles and a fire hydrant.
Silverline perfoming at BC.
"Whenever we can set up and then take some time to run in circles, we like to do that,” said Ryan Edberg, lead singer of Silverline. “Get some energy burnt off from sitting on the bus.”
The Voices in the Night Tour, named for the latest Silverline album, stopped at Bluefield College on March 3.
“In the life of a band, you drive and then you wait; then you drive; then you wait,” said Eric Martin, drummer for I am Empire. “There is a lot of waiting time to play football.”
“We wake up and drive to the show, set up, eat, and play the show,” said Edberg. “Then we crawl in bed around one or two and do it again.”
“Bands that don’t have a driver, we have to drive all day,” joked Martin, as he gave Edberg a sarcastic look.
The members from each of the bands on the tour, which also included Bright Light Parade, enjoyed being on the road with people they got along with.
“It’s always a ‘Debbie-downer’ to be on the road and have a band that is too cool to hang out,” said Martin.
When asked about the goals of Silverline, Edberg responded, “I’d like to go to Maine one day. I think that is our end goal. If we play in Maine some time, then we can call it quits. Then we can say, ‘we have made it.’”
“I heard they have cheap lobster.”
Although they joke, all of the bands on the Voices in the Night Tour view their position on stage as a chance to minister to people who need to hear a positive message.
“We want to change people’s lives,” said Edberg. “We want to give them hope and encouragement whenever they are feeling down. Push them closer to God.”
Bright Light Parade performing at BC.
Bright Light Parade, which consists of sisters Lex and Torre Anderson, ages 19 and 16, respectively, has a similar mission.
“Since we are younger, our real heart is for young men and women that are our age,” said Lex Anderson. “We want them to understand that there is hope and that they have a future. God has plans for them.”
Much of the latest album from I am Empire, titled “Kings,” deals with specific issues like abandonment and hope. Lead vocalist Austin Lyons wrote the songs based on his experiences in feeling abandoned by father figures and the realization that God in Heaven was the only God he needed.
“A lot of our new record is about abandonment and hope and dealing with the hardest of times,” said Martin. “We just want to let people know that even if you’re going through something, you can rely on God; that he will be there in any situation that you go through. Whether it’s a relationship with a girlfriend or parent that leaves you, God will never leave you.”
I am Empire’s new album, “Kings,” is available now. The video for their single, “Brain Damage,” is now available for download on iTunes.
“And if you want to teach some of the songs in the music classes here, we would be OK with that,” added Martin.
Silverline’s album “Voices in the Night,” including the new single “Broken Glass,” is also available now.
The single “Right Now” by Bright Light Parade was released to radio on Feb. 25 and is available to be downloaded on iTunes. The band will be working on a new five- or six-song EP some time this year.