What do you do whenever you’re the guitarist for one of the most successful unsigned bands in the Mid & Southwest, your best friend kills himself, and you realize that the reasons you play music simply aren’t enough anymore? The answer: You burn your “house” down and find the difference between what you have and what you really need. Such was the case whenever Rescue Signals’ singer Beau Tyler left the band Upside in the summer of 2006.
“I [Beau Tyler] didn’t really know what to do next. Should I keep playing music, or should I hang it up? After a while of finding who I was I came to the conclusion that I was only 21 years old. I had seen more of the world than anyone else my age that I knew, and that quitting wouldn’t be the worst mistake I had ever made. So If I was going to stay in the game, it had to be for something more than personal glory.”
Beau stuck to these convictions, and only one year after leaving Upside, Beau formed Rescue Signals under the following guidelines: to be the most fan based band on earth, to be a cure, not a cause, and to give people something to believe in.
After this, the task was left to find a very rare set of musicians who could aid in the conquest of this goal. In an age where being in a band isn’t much more than a popularity contest or having the best hair, this would prove difficult. Over the next year the final lineup, however, was secured with the addition of guitarist Justin Huggins, bassist Michael Marhefka, and drummer Bryan Nicholas.
“I [Beau Tyler] think the most important thing to note is that even though the majority of our debut album had been written by myself before the arrival of most of the members, Rescue Signals didn’t come to fully realize itself until the final lineup was in place. I’m sure in some way my vision has brought out a better side of each member, but more importantly, their brilliance has brought out the best in me. In turn, we bring out the best in each other. None of us could ever be as successful without the other. It’s a beautifully terrifying situation to be in.”
So in only 18 months as a band, Rescue Signals mission has proven to move waves in their wake. They have already signed a record deal with Rock Ridge Music, racked up an immensely loyal following everywhere from Dallas, TX to Lincoln, NE, and played with countless national acts such as Anberlin and Quietdrive. So what can we learn from this band? Sometimes you have to burn your life down to start over. Sometimes you have to believe in yourself, before you can believe in something better.
Look for Rescue Signals in record stores and in a venue near you in 2009, because as the waves keep moving, they show no signs of slowing down.
Since Rescue Signals began playing live in January of 2008, the band has already been seen sharing the stage with such signed bands as:
Alive In Wild Paint - Equal Visio
Anberlin - Universal Republi
Danger Radio - Photo Finish Record
The Benjy Davis Project - Rock Ridge Musi
Deas Vail - Brave New World Record
Jonezetta - Tooth & Nai
Kessler - YMA Record
Mayday Parade - Fearless Record
Meriwether - Interscope Record
Mest - Maverick Record
The New Frontiers - The Militia Grou
Chase Pagan - The Militia Grou
Quiet Company - Northern Record
Quiet Drive - Red In
Rookie of the Year - One Eleven Record
Stellar Kart - Word Record
Superchick - Hold Records