John Wiederhorn (writer)
The band spent 18 months writing and fi ne-tuning Beautiful Tragedy before entering the studio with producer Eric Rachel (Atreyu, God Forbid), who worked with them to create an album heavy enough for diehard metal fans, but melodic enough to appeal to those who favor groups like Evanescence and Linkin Park. The band’s first two singles, the piledriving “Prayers” and the metalcore-thrash attack “Daddy’s Falling Angel,” were well received. But it was the softer, more dynamic title track, with its blatant hooks and pretty, yearning vocal harmonies that broke In This Moment into the mainstream.
“I always knew that was a special song,” Brink says. “When I fi rst heard them play that at practice it gave me goosebumps, without having lyrics or anything.” Brink originally wrote lyrics about feeling betrayed by a boyfriend who cheated on her, but then she decided to make the song more about how things are often taken for granted until they’re lost. “I kept thinking of these funerals where there are family members who haven’t talked to each other for years,” Brink says. “And then, when they lose someone, suddenly everyone loves each other. Sometimes, something dark brings out something beautiful.”
Since Brink draws from her past tragedies in her lyrics, including being abandoned by her father (“Daddy’s Falling Angel”) and the death of her best friend (“Legacy of Odio”), the band’s music tends to attract listeners who have suffered similar ordeals. Rather than being content to know her words are helping to soothe and heal, Brink takes an active role with her fans, talking to them after shows and carrying around the numbers of crisis hotlines to hand out to those in need.
“Sometimes, teenagers who are going through a hard time just need to know that people like me care and that they’re not alone,” Brink explains, adding that she plans to help set up a center for abused children when she’s in the position to do so.
For now it will have to wait. In this particular moment, Brink and her bandmates are preoccupied with the follow-up to Beautiful Tragedy, which she and Howorth started writing in the back of their bus while on tour last August. The band is currently fi ne-tuning the songs before they enter the studio later this year with a yet-to-be-determined producer. Brink says the record will be even more atmospheric and melodic than the band’s debut without abandoning its core heaviness. And once the album is done, In This Moment will head right back out on the road so they don’t lose any momentum.
For now, Brink is thrilled to be building the band one single at a time, however she’d eventually like to expand her role to other areas of the entertainment business, getting into acting, displaying her paintings in a gallery, maybe even owning her own label. And whenever she has doubts about her future, she remembers everything she has overcome to get to where she is today. Then, if she still needs reassurance, she looks at the words inked on her fingers.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that you have to focus on the positive and believe in the good energy,” she says, sounding more like the hippie girl with the fl ower in her hair. “The more you believe something’s going to happen and the more you visualize it and work toward it, the more things will go your way.”