A few weeks back Kyle Benecke, former vocalist for now disbanded Nodes of Ranvier (Facedown & Victory Records), shared some insights into the breaking up of Nodes as well as his personal views on life and music (see full interview w/ Kyle HERE).
One of your songs that personally means a lot to you and why?
KB ‘Archegos’ is my favorite song on ‘Defined by Struggle’. I just love how that song came together, lyrically and musically. I really love the imagery of the lyrics. The song is about Christ being our rescuer. I borrowed the idea from a sermon I heard on Christ as the forerunner or ‘Archegos’ of our faith.
Current trend in music/scene that bugs you?
KB Personally, all the guys who look like girls, that bugs me. But it has nothing to do with their personality, most of those people are very nice and I have no problem with people expressing themselves in different ways. It just bugs me a little. Too much fashion ya know?
Current trend in music/scene that has challenged you (in a good way) or you think is a positive evolution?
KB Bands like For Today and Sleeping Giant being so outspoken for Christ has been a great blessing. Its good to see more bands proclaiming their faith.
What are you currently reading? Ashamed of the Gospel by John Macarthur. What are you currently watching? The Book of Eli!!!!!! So awesome!!! Did you have any crazy pre-performance rituals? Nope. Maybe a bowel movement, but that’s about it, haha. Best memory that comes to mind from a show? Sonshine Festival in MN was awesome. What was one of your worst memories from a show? I toured with a band called ‘Saved by Grace’ years ago. When we played in Rochester, NY, it was snowing like crazy, the show got canceled and there were people smoking crack in the basement. It was bad.
Nodes of Ranvier – “Defined By Struggle” is still available from Victory Records. Be sure to check out Kyle’s Youtube page which features interviews and live recordings with bands like For Today, Impending Doom, Legend, The Ghost Inside and MORE.
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