4th June, 2012
Album: Indie Hymnal
Artist: Greg Atwells
Label: Grandview Records
In A Word: Mellow
A new take on old favorites, Greg Attwells’ Indie Hymnal – following on from last year’s At Your Feet, his first solo album - is the sort of album you can sink back to on a cold Sunday afternoon or easily have playing away in the background while entertaining friends.
Everyone’s bound to have a favorite here – from Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus through to When I Survey the Wondrous Cross and Amazing Grace – but be warned that Attwells' take on them is stripped down and acoustic rather than 'anthemic'.
In that sense, this is not a grand retelling of songs we know well but a much more intimate, personal sound. There’s been comparisons to Johnny Cash (no doubt for the gravelly voice) but I can hear some similarities, at times, to Keith Green as well.
On his website, the Sydney-based Attwells, a former church worship leader, talks about sitting at the feet of Jesus as Mary did and indeed one can imagine these songs being sung as a small group gathers together to share their lives.
A great album to listen to and enjoy while simply passing the time or for those more contemplative moments
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On a wet and rainy weekend, what else would you rather be doing than camping out, listening to bands, hearing great teaching, eating 'Baptist' doughnuts and hanging out with three thousand of your closest friends?
For those lucky enough to go, that’s exactly what was done earlier this month at Appin, an hour south of Sydney, at the Black Stump Festival.
After the relocation and then cancellation of the festival last year, some were tentative to return but the faithful, “hardcore” stumpers returned with vengeance to revive this great event.
Stump is always presents a multicultural, inter-denominational and varied event with many bands we know of today getting their first gig at past festivals which spring-boarded their careers in the music industry.
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It’s a far catch cry from television singing competitions but one of Sydney’s latest Christian music offerings is anything but out of tune, clichéd and cringe worthy.
Formed in Sydney in 2010 via the marvels of social media, this band has sprung onto the Christian Music scene in a large way appearing with Switchfoot, Evermore and Stan Walker in addition to television and radio appearances. From Dust, the fifth track on their debut EP A Moment of Clarity was also picked up on a promotional trailer for Law & Order.
The quality of sound produced by Seasons stands out from others in both the recording and live contexts having played at both smaller venues and the larger festival scene.
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Bethel music seems to have something rare in the American praise and worship scene; it’s the raw kind of music you’d expect out of Aussie or Kiwi churches. It has a sense of urgency to it, the vocals are all quite intense, the bands are just that bit sonically thinner than most and live really does seem, well, live!
With leaders out the front like Chris Quilala, Kim Walker Smith and Kristene Mueller, you’ll hear less than predictable pop voices. There’s no wall of sound vocal approach here - the band even seems too small for the modern palate - but perhaps that’s why it works for so many listeners.
There’s a distinct lack of pretence here which honestly makes their music much easier to like or dislike. It actually sits outside the Christian contemporary music radio world nicely and therefore allows itself to fit into a genre that’s much smaller than the radio praise and worship. It’s probably indie-rock really, but really, it’s just something, well, different. Different is good. Right?
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I think I’ve been to this gig before - it was 1997, there was a band called newsboys and a band called DC Talk. One was bouncing about with alien ears asking "Take me to your leader", the other was introducing the idea that being a Jesus Freak could be a good thing. And suddenly 2010 brings it all flooding back.
We’ve seen the tour, heard the sound, understood the melodies are bigger than the members and the ministry continues. The back cover of the Australian release disc features a pic of the newly appointed lead vocalist, DC Talk’s Michael Tait, out front of the newsboys in Toowoomba, Australia, rockin' the Easterfest crowd. Basically, for these boys it’s business as usual. No more Peter Furler out the front, a newly refurbished vocal harmony set, some curious rock dissonances reminiscent of something Supernatural and the show goes on.
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