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The 3 Questions for Reality Suite
- If you could erase an album from your mind so that you can hear it again for the very first time?
- Tell me about an embarrassing moment you’ve had on stage.
- If you could open for any internationally touring band, who would you pick and where would you start the tour at?
- What is something that your fans would be surprised to learn about you?
The Song: Kiss the Ring
This song addresses the struggle of interacting with fake friends and denying the pressure of bowing down to their expectations. Kiss the Ring was collaboratively written by the band in one session after the record label, Lions Pride Music requested that we include new material to gesh out the Awaken EP.
About Reality Suite
Band Location: North Haledon, NJ USA
Band Genre: Rock
“Reality Suite is a bit of a New Jersey super-group. Their fusion of modern and classic rock is a fairly compelling mix since they really don’t sound like any other indie band I can think of,” – Jim Testa, contributing writer to Rolling Stone magazine and founder of Jersey Beat fanzine.
Rock is dead. But hard work isn’t. After 10 years of evolving as melodic rock savants and releasing dozens of independent singles and EPs, Reality Suite has been determined to awaken the masses and demonstrate that rock is NOT dead. “Reality Suite has become one of my favorite bands for numerous reasons. They are a kick-ass in your face rock band with a dynamic front woman,” declares East Coast renowned photographer, Jec Crespi. WRAT 95.9FM radio DJ, Tom Hanley stated in his blog, “The female-fronted Hard Rock act puts out a modern Arena Rock sound comprised of killer vocals, complex instrumentals and meaningful lyrics.”
After the 2018 self-released “Awaken” EP exceeded fan expectations and garnered the attention of several European record labels, Danish based Lions Pride Music won the partnership with Reality Suite resulting in 2019’s expanded album “Awaken (Deluxe.)” This frst full-length album not being entirely band-produced incorporates the production skills of hard rock producer/engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Saliva, Brand of Julez) and pop/R&B producer Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Jessica Simpson, Pink.) “Awaken (Deluxe)” was released worldwide on June 28th digitally and on CD.
Formed in 2009 in North Haledon, New Jersey by childhood friends Brian King (drums,) Antonio Valenti (bass,) and Joe Padula (guitars) – their ambitions have been to produce heavy, melodic rock. After several male and female vocalists, Kimmii Heart had joined in 2013 establishing the defnitive line-up known today worldwide. In September of 2015, the self-produced debut full length ”Skinn” was released. A unique sound to global rock fans, it was secretly a greatest hits album capitalizing on Reality Suite’s most popular songs from previous EPs. “Skinn boasts a number of standout tracks, including hook-laden frst single, Die Dreaming with the equally infectious Save
My Life and Playing with Fire,” printed the Record/Herald News reporter, Brian Aberback. The song Save My Life was featured as the Song of the Week in Steppin’ Out, a NJ music publication while MPire Magazine declared, “Skinn is a damned near perfect piece of rock, one that incorporates the old and new in the right balance.” After an aggressive band managed social media campaign, Reality Suite has developed over 27,000 followers worldwide. There are pleas from male and female fans of all ages requesting the New Jersey based band to perform in their cities and countries. Several continents are represented by fans posting photos with their “Skinn” CD, wearing Reality Suite t-shirts, posting screenshots while streaming tracks and videos of themselves singing their
songs. “When recording “Skinn,” we didn’t know if anyone was going to care about it,” Brian told WDHA 105.5FM DJ, Lidsay Klein in an interview. “We knew about 12 friends that would be interested, that was it. Months after its release, we are constantly receiving praise from fans around the world. It is so fulflling. It is truly driving us to take our new album to the next level,”
In October 2016, Reality Suite released the single “Bury Me Alive.” Leading music review website, Stereo Stickman stated: “It feels like an instant classic. It’s like the band have taken this incredible leap forwards into alternate territory, without sacrifcing any of what we loved about them in the frst place. They’ve brought back the things we loved the most about early 2000’s rock and pop-rock, and fused it ecectively with this fresh and always addictive Reality Suite sound.”
In May of 2018, Reality Suite released the Awaken EP. Brian King revealed in an interview with PopBreak.com: “The songs “Grave” and “Cut, Burn, Bruise” may be closest to defning what “Awaken” is all about. During the writing for what became “Awaken,” Kimmii and I realized most of what we were writing lyrics about were losing loved ones. Each of us in the band had lost someone in the last two years. I lost my mother in 2016 to lung cancer – which spawned the song “Cut, Burn Bruise.” Kimmii lost a close family friend which inspired “Grave.” Antonio lost his mother and Joe had lost an Aunt in 2017 – so, as much as “Grave” and “Cut” are about missing a loved one, in the
context with the other songs – “Awaken” becomes an album about recovery and rebirth……leaving the pain behind and moving on. The songs “Live Now Forever,” “Dead to Me,” and “Lust” drive that point home.” As Kimmii sings on the “Awaken (Deluxe)” lead-oc single “Kiss the Ring,” “I don’t need you telling me what’s right, I’ve got my own two eyes – I WILL NOT KISS THE RING,” Reality Suite have never compromised their visions yet earned the loyalty of many fans worldwide. Get a grip on Reality – or get out of the way.
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