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Tragedy leads to ‘Love Lies Bleeding’

By Lailani Upham

(L to R) Tave Hando, Erin Martin, Daniel Emigh, Dough Tapia, and Matt Weingart are members of the local band, “Love Lies Bleeding.” The group who met each other on the SKC campus has been rocking the valley with their own hard rock style with a message from their heart that all can connect to. (Lailani Upham photo) (L to R) Tave Hando, Erin Martin, Daniel Emigh, Dough Tapia, and Matt Weingart are members of the local band, “Love Lies Bleeding.” The group who met each other on the SKC campus has been rocking the valley with their own hard rock style with a message from their heart that all can connect to. (Lailani Upham photo)

RONAN — It’s not just a lot of screaming – the thunderous, piercing, rocking sound of “Love Lies Bleeding” band has meaning and a message everyone can relate to, says lead guitar and singer Daniel Emigh.

The name of the five-man band is the name of their single, “Love lies bleeding” that birthed the vocal dynamic team.

Emigh, Crow, is lead guitar and back-up vocal; Tave Hando, Crow, lead vocal; Erin Martin, Crow, rhythm guitar; Matt Weingart, Salish, bass guitar; and Doug Tapia, Salish, drums met and came together while attending and working at Salish Kootenai College.

Love Lies Bleeding
Written by Daniel Emigh

(Verse 1)
There’s always something to remind me, of the day you went away.
There’s always something, to ease the pain.
But nothing changes, it all feels the same.
It all feels the same.

(Bridge)
I remember the day you were taken from us.
Alcohol and drugs never seem to be enough.
Watching blood flow from open cuts.
And the thoughts and feelings of being stuck.

(Verse 2)
There’s always something to remind me, of the day you went away.
There’s always someone to take your place.
But nothing changes, it all stays the same.
It all stays the same.

(Chorus)
I watched life fade away.
When you went away.
I can’t take this pain.
As love lies bleeding.
I watched life give away.
When you were taken away.
I can’t take this pain.
This constant misery and torment.

© 2014 Love Lies Bleeding

However, the launching of the group began with the brothers Daniel and Erin Martin who wrote a song called, “Hannah’s Song” that was recently changed to “Love lies bleeding” and eventually the name of the band.

“’Love lies bleeding’ is a song that I wrote when mine and Erin’s sister, Hannah Martin, 16, died.” Hannah passed away in a car accident in March of 2006.

“Although it wasn’t called ‘Love lies bleeding,’ it fit into the chorus when Tave came up with the name for the band.”

Emigh says it was a perfect fit for the title of the song and for the overall soul of the band. The song is one that anyone can relate to, “It’s for anyone who lost someone.”

When their sister Hannah died in a tragic car accident, their parents were following behind her when it happened and were the first on the scene, Emigh said.

“Hannah died in our father’s arms in a field outside of Pryor.” Emigh describes that moment, as ‘love lies bleeding.’

“The first line of the chorus is, ‘I watched life fade away, when you went away.’ To me and Erin this is Hannah, to anyone who listens to “Love lies bleeding,” it can be their loved one. Everyone can relate to losing someone, and our music should mean something for people like it does us.”

Brothers Daniel and Erin take the guitar sound to another level while in sync. (Lailani Upham photo)Brothers Daniel and Erin take the guitar sound to another level while in sync. (Lailani Upham photo)

Whether they hit the stage or in the privacy of a garage practice the group plays with a lot of emotion. “We want the crowd to feel our energy through our stage presence, our dynamics, vocals, and lyrical content.”

As of recent the band has played at local venues such as Kicking Horse Job Corps; and Polson lounges, The Lake Bar and The Wolf Den.

The group says they like to harmonize and put some of the old 70’s vocal harmony with today’s sound.

“The bands influences range from Jimi Hendrix, Crossfade, Alter Bridge, Kill Switch Engage and All That Remains, and you can hear our influences in our music. We’ve all come from other bands and have been playing for a long time. We have members from War Cry, Last Man Standing, Midnite Goat, and Eye for Indifference to name a few,” says Emigh.

Lead vocal Tave Hando carries the lyrics while Doug Tapia provides the heart for the song’s beat. (Lailani Upham photo)Lead vocal Tave Hando carries the lyrics while Doug Tapia provides the heart for the song’s beat. (Lailani Upham photo)

Emigh says he found drummer Tapia through former lead singer Alvin Caye. “I was in Last Man Standing with Tave before it fell apart, and I knew Matt played guitar and after the band made the decision to move Tave from bass to lead vocals we asked Matt if he wanted to join.”

Hando says a lot of heart goes into their dynamics and vocals. Martin says his contribution on rhythm guitar is something he describes as “born of noise.”

“On the guitar parts I write, I’ll be just dinking around and accidently do something cool.”

Matt Weingart powers the bass for the band. (Lailani Upham photo)Matt Weingart powers the bass for the band. (Lailani Upham photo)

“We focus as much on stage presence and performance, as we do on written material. We want to put on a show that we would want to watch, and since we can’t afford a bunch of pyro technics, we have to utilize our ability to achieve good tone and dynamics,” said Emigh.

For more information and upcoming live performances, contact Daniel Emigh at (406) 493-9926; or email danielemigh@student.skc.edu.

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