Austin alternative/hard rock outfit Lift The Curse Share Their Inspiration & Influences With Rock ‘N’ Load

Austin alternative/hard rock outfit Lift The Curse have released a new single & lyric video.

“The Color Brave” is out now.

Watch the lyric video via YouTube

Stream the track via Spotify

Speaking on the new track, frontman John Yado Jnr shares: “The Color Brave” is a song intended to be a lifeline for children of the world. A song Ryan dedicates to his kids as a reminder that life will have plenty of ups and downs, but they will always have this song to run to, to sing to, if they ever should need a glimmer of hope.”

Rock ‘N’ Load caught up with the guys to chat about the songs that inspired and influenced them to follow suit:

  1. Breaking Benjamin “Angels Fall”

Breaking Benjamin has always been a big influence on both Ryan and I. Breaking Benjamin to me (Ryan) just doesn’t know how to write a bad song. So many great songs with impactful lyrics and jagged riffs. I’ve always loved the rhythmic guitar parts they integrate into the songs. And then they hit you with memorable Melodie’s. Perfect combo.

  1. Arch Enemy “The Watcher”

Arch Enemy is one of my (Jon) favorite bands on the planet. I’ve always been drawn to Swedish metal and rock. Their sense of melody is unmatched in my opinion. Michael Amott’s songwriting and specifically his lead guitar writing has influenced me a ton over the years. I do a lead line in the choruses of “The Color Brave” that is very Enemy influenced. Whether it’s Michael Amott, Jeff Loomis, Chris Amott, Gus G, etc, they all have influenced my approach to writing guitar solos and lead lines. I LOVE ARCH ENEMY!

  1. Shinedown “Second Chance”

Shinedown is another big one for both Ryan and I. I remember listening to the whole “Sound of Madness” album front to back on repeat for about a month after it came out. “Second Chance” is a huge hit for so many reasons. All of the lyrics and melodies are amazing.

  1. Lamb of God “Redneck”

We could’ve picked any LOG song lol. Ryan usually soundchecks his guitar with the main “Redneck” riff. There’s a riff in “The Color Brave” that reminds me of some LOG, reminds me personally of LOG songs with bouncy memorable riffs like “Now You’ve Got Something To Do For”. Lamb of God has been a collective band favorite for a long time.

  1. Paramore “Misery Business”

We also LOVE us some Paramore! Ryan’s drums in “The Color Brave” have some Paramore influence to them for sure.


Comprised of Jon Yadon Jr. and Ryan Hegefeld, Austin rock duo Lift The Curse fuse hard rock tones, filthy breakdowns and veracious melodies. Anchored by the longtime friends’ inherent chemistry, the band marries influence from across metal, rock and pop.

Yadon Jr. and Hegefield cut their teeth as two thirds of former project TrineATX, who saw success across the Lonestar Star, playing with the likes of FuelHinder and Powermanw 5000. Fast forward to April 2022 and Lift The Curse was born, with the release of debut single “Rise With The Flames”.

The band released a quickfire string of singles across summer and fall, with the likes of “Take Me Under” and “Call It What It Is” offering a window into a heart of a project that puts songwriting front and center; alternative rock intonations, pummelling riffs and unforgettable melodies all sitting at the core of Lift The Curse’s soundscape.

“The Color Brave” is out now; watch the new music video HERE.

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Lift The Curse is:
Jon Yadon Jr.
Ryan Hegefeld