Brownsville firefighter spreads inspirational message in Christian rock band
As he did on Thanksgiving, Nason Rumfield pulls a 24-hour shift every three days as a member of the fire and EMS crew at Brownsville Fire Station No. 3.
On his days off, the 32-year-old spends part of his time as the bassist of Christian rock band Until My End. The group signed on in February to Sacrosanct Records, a Michigan-based Christian hard rock label.
“We want to make music that we would want to hear,” Rumfield said. “It’s made to represent the Christian faith well, us as Christians well and Christian music well.”
Rumfield has been a musician for 16 years – about half his life – and a bassist for about as long. He wasn’t in a band at the time his friend Larry Lozano, Until My End’s vocalist and guitarist, asked him to start a group in 2015. The musicians self-released an album of melodic rock with a message in 2016. Rock fans will recognize some of their influences, which include 30 Seconds to Mars, Muse, Deftones, The Cure and U2.
“The best reviews we’ve had were from people who saw us not knowing we were a Christian band,” he said. “It’s not traditional by any means. It’s very electric rock. We will play anywhere because we don’t believe a message of light is only for light places. It’s for dark places, too.”
Rumfield said he and his band mates have long produced their songs and videos with painstaking attention to detail, and they won’t have to yield any creative control in their deal with the music label. They’re able to work with Sacrosanct Records remotely, which is a plus considering the musicians have jobs and families to care for. His schedule as a firefighter – 24 hours on, 48 hours off – also makes his music career possible.
“It’s been really good so far. The (fire) department has been really supportive,” he said. “(It’s possible) because of the digital age, and because of email. These are things you couldn’t do 10 years ago.”
There aren’t many bands like Until My End in the Valley, Rumfield said, and it’s a gap that the group wants to fill. They will release another album before the end of 2019.
“Serving God shouldn’t be seen as oppressive. It should be fun,” he said. “We want to serve, and we want it to be excellent.”
Catch Until My End on Saturday at the Kraken Lounge’s Winter Music Party in Downtown Brownsville. Learn more at www.facebook.com/untilmyend and untilmyend.webs.com .