Feature Interview: Out of Ruin
CD/Song Compilation – Mosaic Soul
By Aaron S. Harris
This month we venture out west to Lake Havasu City, Arizona to introduce you to the talented trio known as Out of Ruin. Since forming in 1999, this group has recorded several albums and is currently touring the entire west coast.
|Most recently, they worked with Ken Mary of SonicPhish Productions to produce their latest CD, Mosaic Soul. This album covers the full spectrum of rock, pop, and alternative while combining them to create a refreshing, mesmerizing sound. Songs like "Only Half", "What I can't see" and "Broken Pieces" take you in different directions resulting in a series of unique, memorable experiences. This group is captivating audiences with penetrating lyrics that are not easily matched in the music world these days. The creative efforts of Gram Messer (Vocals), Ben Messer (Guitar/Piano), and Mike Harris (Drums/Percussion) come together to form some rather noteworthy collaborations.
So, without further adieu, join me as I get to know Out of Ruin:
TCP: Who are some of your influences?
OoR: Train, Jars of Clay, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Matchbox 20.
TCP: When did you first start playing your instruments?
OoR: Gram has been singing since he was 15, Ben played guitar for 14 years, and Mike has played drums for 10 years.
TCP: When did your band first form?
OoR: In 2003. Gram and Ben played as an acoustic duo then, Mike joined the group last year when the band went on a west coast tour.
TCP: How long have you been playing together?
OoR: We have been creating music together for 3 years
TCP: What was the first song you wrote?
OoR: We started out jamming together with just drums and guitar in the garage so our first song was an instrumental one called "The Happy Song".
TCP: How did you come up with the band name?
OoR: It was inspired by an article in a magazine about Tibetan monks called "Out of the Ruins" and it just came to me (Ben) right away. I didn't even bother reading the article, I just called Gram and said "Hey, how about Out of Ruin?" and it stuck
TCP: What is the story behind the song "What I Can't See"?
OoR: It's about what most of us feel but don't say. Many times, we can feel like there is a lot of confusion tied in with our faith but, we have to continue believing in the times that seem so unsure. Maybe those are the times where God is truly dealing with us.
TCP: What suggestions would you give to people who want to start a band?
OoR: Don't give up! If your heart is filled with passion for music and especially music ministry then, you must always believe that it's there from the Lord. He will guide you to where He wants you to be. Also, don't waist time. If you are struggling with a fellow band member and there just seems to be no reason to keep them (other than being friends) then, you should probably find someone else. It's better to let God bring the right musicians into your fold than to allow the wrong person who is your "good friend" to hold you back. DO NOT pay anyone to promote you that does not have a very, and I mean VERY good reputation. So many people will tell you great and beneficial things that will never come to pass 'cause all they want is your $250. Lastly, try to write from a place that is all your own and stick to your own sound. People love originality more than record companies think. And, if you bring something to the table that is new and is making an impact then, God will bless it!
TCP: Have you faced any road blocks from being a Christian band?
OoR: Not really. I think the only thing that holds any band back these days is just not being that good which we have experienced. But, once you find your sound and it is connecting with people then, even most mainstream venues and even radio stations take an interest. The music business is a melting pot right now and it's all about what people are relating to, and I think now more than ever, people have questions about faith so; it's a great time for bands of faith to be heard.
TCP: What album have you listened to most in the past year?
OoR: Gram – Collective Soul "Youth", Ben – Mute Math "Self Titled", Mike – anything country
TCP: Do you have any east coast appearances planned?
OoR: Possibly Nashville in June. We will probably be there later this summer and into the fall.
Out of Ruin is currently on tour. An east coast tour is also being discussed.
Here is a list of upcoming shows so you can check them out:
July 1st at 7 p.m. – Open Door Christian- American Canyon CA
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