“Class meets Sass”. A term that explains so much about The Lifeline, but still leaves a lot to the imagination. Sophistication paired with an attitude that would make James Dean proud and Mozart blush. “I’ve always kind of considered myself to be the sass and Rebecca to be the class,” says vocalist Ryan T. Hope. “I think it’s just in our personalities, and because we put so much of ourselves into the music, it becomes something that’s undeniable”. The Lifeline truly is a band that has put every ounce of themselves in to their music, grabbing onto the thoughts and feelings of all who lend an ear. Emotion fuels this band. It’s drives the songwriter's Ryan T. Hope and Rebecca Faber process and dictates the direction of each note, melody and section. Their sound undoubtedly proves that the infusion of classical music and rock music can be done, not only in a tasteful manner, but also in a way that can be appealing to a mass audience.
For All Who Triumph saw The Lifeline blurring the line between musical genres by not only mixing different styles but also by bringing a concept to the entire record. “Our goal with an album has always been to leave a person with a feeling of satisfaction at the end. Like at the close of a movie or your favorite book. You remember each chapter and the lessons it taught you. By the end you’ve gone through a journey that’s made you stronger and more self-aware.” With “Not For Nothing” and its cinematic imagery and powerful chorus to “Eye in the Sky”, the apology that you never had the chance to make, For All Who Triumph paints a definitive picture of what The Lifeline is: Epic.
Their next endeavor, a music video/short film called Trilogy raised the bar and continued the work that was done on Triumph. Directed by Chris Folkens, Trilogy includes “Not For Nothing”, “Eye in the Sky” and a newly recorded song called “Listening to the Lies”. For an unsigned act, Trilogy proved to be beyond anyone’s expectations due to its stunning visual effects and professional quality direction. The video has received much acclaim making it into many film festivals such as the West Hollywood Film Festival and the Midwest Independent Film Festival. It has also received the Golden Eagle award from CINE as well as best cinematography at the Midwest Independent Film Festival’s BMA’s in 2008. In January of 2009 the video for “Not For Nothing” will be featured on Fuse on Demand. To date Trilogy tops the list as one of the bands crowning achievements.
Aside from the hype of Trilogy The Lifeline spent the last half of 2008 perfecting a small group of songs to follow up the release of For All Who Triumph and 2008’s “Crashing Waves” Single. The song “Crashing Waves” was recorded along with “Listening to the Lies” and was released in January of ’08. It unexpectedly caught the attention of Q101.1 on-air personality Ryan Manno who quickly added it to the rotation of his specialty show Crash Test Radio. Along with his brother Kevin, Ryan Manno has played an integral role in helping expose The Lifeline to the masses in Chicago. The demands for The Lifeline in Chicago lead to the recording and production of their latest set of music, an unreleased self-titled EP. One song in particular has again made its way to the airwaves only this time as a song in regular rotation.
“Romeo and Juliet” is a conceptual piece based on Tchaikovsky’s famous classical work of the same name. The prominent violin hook is present thought the verses of the song which slowly builds into an explosive chorus line in which’s Hope’s vocals push the limits of any mainstream rock singer’s range. From the Smashing Pumpkins-like guitar tones to the soaring violin and vocal harmonies “Romeo and Juliet” has made a significant impact on all that hear it.
With plans to tour and record in 2010 The Lifeline hopes to create the same impact in other markets nationally and worldwide. Their “class meets sass” approach to the business paired with an epic live performance will certainly help propel them to the very top.