Love and Death (band)
|Love and Death|
|Also known as||Brian "Head" Welch (2005–2012)|
|Origin||Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.|
|Genres||Nu metal, alternative metal, Christian metal|
|Labels||Driven, Tooth & Nail|
|Associated acts||Korn, The Sammus Theory, Mo Nasty, Back From Ashes|
Formation and early years (2009–2012)
The group is effectively a re-branding of the touring group that performed under Welch's name to promote his solo album. Formed in 2009, Welch recruited musicians through open auditions via YouTube, and second-round auditions, in person, at his studio in Phoenix, Arizona. The original group was a six-piece group, that featured Michael Valentine on Bass, Ralph Patlan on guitar, Brian Ruedy on keyboard, Scott "SVH" Von Heldt on guitars and vocals and Dan Johnson on drums. After two years of touring, Von Heldt departed the band due to financial reasons, Ruedy was let go a few months earlier and later joined Whitesnake. Patlan also departed the band, but no reason was given. The search began to find a guitar player. In March 2011, two weeks before a tour, Welch discovered "the perfect fit" for his band through Thousand Foot Krutch's public audition videos for a new guitarist on Youtube. 15 years old at the time, J.R. Bareis was chosen by Welch to be the new guitar player and became an official permanent member of the band, as they settled on establishing themselves as a four-piece. The group released a single, "Paralyzed" in November 2011, under the Brian "Head" Welch name. In February 2012, the touring band was re-branded into the group Love and Death.
Love and Death was formally announced in February 2012 through an official statement made by Welch. In the statement, Welch explained that "I have wanted to use a band name for branding my music for a few years. It has been an ongoing discussion with my management, but we were just starting to tour and I was in the middle of supporting my third book and it seemed like a bad time to switch names. Now with the new music coming out, its [sic] time to really separate the things I do. I want the music to be about music. I will still be doing public speaking under Brian Head Welch. I am happy that all the confusion will be over". The name Love and Death was chosen because love and death are the two most significant things you can go through in life.
Chemicals EP and Between Here & Lost (2012–present)
The band's debut single, "Chemicals", was released in early April, while their debut EP of the same name released on April 24, 2012. Welch revealed that they would be releasing a cover of the song "Whip It" by Devo and a remix of "Paralyzed" by Har Meggido. The music video for "Chemicals" premiered May 7, 2012 on VEVO.
In late September 2012, the band announced that it had signed a deal with record label Tooth and Nail Records/EMI and that the group's debut album, Between Here & Lost would be released on November 20, however this was pushed back and released on January 22, 2013. On the album, Welch stated that "this record was birthed from trials, tribulations, pain, suffering, anxiety, depression, and drama. However, we came out on top and the end result is a very real, raw & honest record."
- Current members
- Brian "Head" Welch – lead vocals (2009–present), guitar (2010–present)
- Michael Valentine – bass (2009–present)
- JR Bareis – guitar, backing vocals (2011–present)
- Dan Johnson – drums (2009–present)
- Former members
- Scott "SVH" Von Heldt - guitar, backing vocals (2009–2011)
- Ralph Patlan - guitar (2009–2010)
- Brian Ruedy - keyboard (2009–2010)
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|Between Here & Lost||81||5||5||28|
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"Chemicals"||2012||6||4||Between Here & Lost|
|"I W8 4 U"||2013||—||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
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- "INTERVIEW/ALBUM REVIEW: LOVE AND DEATH'". RockRevolt Magazine™. 2013-01-10.
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- September 26, 2012 by Casey. "Tooth & Nail | News | Welcome Love & Death To The Tooth & Nail Family!". Toothandnail.com. Retrieved September 27, 2012.
- "Love and Death – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Love and Death – Chart History: Christian Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Love and Death – Chart History: Hard Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Love and Death – Chart History: Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- Heaney, Gregory. "Between Here & Lost – Love and Death". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved August 2, 2013.
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- "Love and Death – Chart History: Hot Singles Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 1, 2013.
- "Love and Death – Chart History: Christian Rock". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 1, 2013.