This interview took place on: 10/6/10.
Rend Collective Experiment:
"Rend" means to tear apart. Isaiah 64:1 is a prayer that God would rend the heavens and come down, to be near us and real to us. Joel 2:13 is a call from God for us to rend our hearts and not our garments, which for us means don't put on an outward show, but be real and authentic. We call that organic.
We are a group of people more like a family than a band. We want to show people that we are a collective of people all journeying with God and each other and that we are not "special people on a stage." Each member of the body of Christ is as crucial as the next and we hope to encourage each one to their full potential.
Experiment Does anybody in life have all the answers? No! That is why we are an experiment. It is stepping out into the unknown with the faith and boldness that Christ has given us.
RCE: We were all part of a movement of people in their 20s and 30s called Rend. It was a group of people who wanted honest connection with God and sacrificial Kingdom living. We started writing and recording songs together out of this movement and then released 2 EPs independently before signing to Kingsway.
RCE: Sigur ros, Arcade Fire, The Frames, Rue Royale, Tony the Tiger, The National, Death Cab for Cutie, etc!
RCE: The songs were written naturally out of the organic environment of our daily walk with God. From that environment, it's natural that some of the songs speak of our experiences of God whilst others are a response to who God is and what He has done for us. One of the main themes is the reality of God that we have experienced and how He has and continues to impact our lives on a daily basis.
RCE: The songs on the album were birthed out of an organic environment in that they were written naturally out of our daily walk with God rather than being forced or processed. The artwork is in keeping with the organic theme of the album.
RCE: We didn't specifically pursue something unique but rather we write songs that we enjoy and can relate to at the deepest level.
RCE: Often when we come to worship God, we come with walls of pride, selfishness or ungratefulness. At times, we come with a half-hearted response to Him. This song is a call to our souls to let those walls down and wake up to worship the Almighty God!
RCE: Each of the songs off of the album are particularly meaningful in one way or another. Some were written out of hardship, some were written as a response to God's movement in our lives and others are a cry for things to come. The songs resonate with what is at the core of our hearts and so each carry a weight of meaning in their own right.
RCE: We sent a crazy music video to David with us playing all sorts of instruments singing "DC we want you on our CD." He loved it and kindly sang on the album!
RCE: As with all of the songs on the album, this song was written by a few writers. There are actually 4 main writers in the band and then we have others in the collective who come on board in the creative process. The actual process of recording included recording a children's choir at a local school! We think they sound amazing! This is also the only song on the album where both lead vocalists sing lead vocals in the same song.
RCE: Number one priority is to cultivate and maintain an intimate relationship with the Lord. We were made by Him and for Him and if we want to live out His desires on earth then we need to be growing in our daily relationship with Him. Also, it is important to strive for the best music and lyrics we can create but even more important is that we have a heart that loves those around us. It is easy to get caught up in the music/ministry and forget that the Lord called us to love Him and others above all!
RCE: Brown and the shape would be a dinosaur! Rarrrrrrr!
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