Juliet Ruin rises from the ashes of former acts and takes metal by the horns
Vocalist Jessica Fleming’s R&B cover band wasn’t quite fulfilling her musical needs. Instead, she decided to seek out a more “passionate and honest” genre—metal.
Fleming and her husband, Kent Geislinger, eventually formed Juliet Ruin, a local five-piece female-fronted power metal group with a lot of heart.
Juliet Ruin’s sound is comparable to a muddier version of Alexisonfire, with Fleming guiding the songs with her powerful voice while being backed up by Geislinger’s harsh screams and growls.
“My voice has definitely evolved in the last five years,” Fleming says. “My band still finds ways to push me beyond what I can do every time we write. I’ll say ‘I can’t hit those notes,’ but we’ll find a way.”
The band is set to release its debut self-titled EP, a collection of songs that focus on the “spirit of getting over some tough periods” each band member has been faced with in their lives.
“We’re really open with each other so we talk about these kind of things during rehearsal,” Fleming says. “So the EP is about growing from hardship, rather than let it eat you alive.”
The album cover reflects the theme, with vines and other greenery encircling a dimly lit skull. It’s the perfect mix of beauty and harsh reality, much like Juliet Ruin’s sound.
“Why dwell on the past and live in pain. It won’t do anything for you,” Fleming says.
Usually, in a band, the core songwriter writes the lyrics and decides what the song is about. But in Juliet Ruin, every member has a part in the thematic process of each song.
“The guys layout a skeleton of a song and we as a band discuss the kind of feeling is coming off the groove and I go from there,” Fleming says. “It’s a group effort even though I’m the one putting the lyrics and the melody forth.”
For Fleming, the crushing “Giants are Falling” track on the upcoming EP is about overcoming her fears after being raised in a strictly religious household.
“That’s my personal interpretation of it, but I think it’s different for the guys,” she says. “I feel like it’s important to have a message or feeling with every song. Those are the songs that I, personally as a music fan, see as helping the human condition. I think that’s why my music exists.”
Juliet Ruin has been gaining more recognition after every concert with it’s single “Rogue Down” receiving a nomination at the Edmonton Music Awards.
“That was amazing. We were blown away and I think we’re all still giddy on that,” Fleming says. “You really get to see the strength of the community support for underground musicians out there. When JFK [John Kennedy] gave his speech, the shout out he gave to the aggressive scene was just everything.”
Juliet Ruin has become more than just a band for Fleming. It’s an outlet for her to escape her own personal apprehensions, especially when playing live.
“I usually try to shake off my own personal anxiety and ride the wave to excitement,” she says. “The persona helps me for sure. I don’t have to worry about Jess and I can just be Juliet Ruin.”
Fri., Sept. 29 (8 pm)
Juliet Ruin EP release w/ Shark Infested Daughters, Tessitura, and Black Friday
The Forge on Whyte
$10 in advance