The Digital Age - Rehearsals
Last modified: 22 Jun 2012
A couple of months back a friend of mine shared a video on social media - a band doing a cover of All Sons and Daughters’ “All the Poor & Powerless
”. Loving the song, and being the curious type, I gave it a look and proceeded to sit glued to the screen for the duration. Ironically, the video was shared by one of my American friends, somewhat proving the band’s rationale for their calling - friends no longer have to be in your own town, we are all connected in The Digital Age
. Formed of the “band” element of the former David Crowder Band (DC*B), here we have the newly-formed band’s debut EP Rehearsals Vol.1.
Let’s take a closer look.
My attention was instantly captured as I was drawn to the pulsating rhythm of the introduction to “Hallelujah” - a masterpiece of overlaid textures working together to forge a seemingly complex, densely layered mix. It is, however, an amazing example of simplicity in worship. This song contains one word - a word that is used in so many worship songs and hymns - and yet the synergy of the parts leads you to a place you’ll feel you’ve never been before. This is a great opener.
A strong loop leads us into “How Great Thou Art” - a somewhat heavier version than I’ve heard before, with pounding power chords throughout and, again, the presence of intricately layered vocals. A good, solid version of a timeless classic hymn.
Track 3 sees the band returning to their former guise to record their own version of “After All (Holy)” (from the DC*B’s final “Give Us Rest” album). This version has all the innate musicality, drive and passion of the original version, with an anthemic chorus that is sure to find it’s way into many church settings.
The standout track for me on this album (as I’ve previously mentioned) is the version of “All the Poor and Powerless”. This version takes the original song (which, if you’ve not already heard, is well worth a look too), which was fairly acoustic in nature, and gives it the DC*B treatment. The final chorus is nothing short of outstanding, drawing you deep into worship with the symphony of sound and voices around you. I advise you to play this one at a good volume.
From here the EP takes a twist towards country and bluegrass with a medley of 2 DC*B tracks “O My God” and “I Am A Seed”. While it’s not necessarily a style I would necessarily see on an average Sunday at church, I find this sort of music really infectious when it’s done well, and here it is done exceptionally. What really shines through here is how natural it is for them, and how much fun they have doing it - these are two imperative attributes for great worship - it needs to be natural and fun.
The last track sees the band showcase their acoustic side with their take on the hymn “Never Grow Old”. In keeping with the overarching themes of the EP as a whole, this song is delivered with a fresh, uplifting feel, with a tight musical backdrop set against succinctly layered harmonies. With a slower, almost country ballad feel, to it, this is a great way to end the EP.
In addition to the EP itself, the band have also made all the videos of the tracks available on their YouTube channel - making this almost a CD/DVD equivalent! The videos are well worth watching - you get a real insight into the depth of musical talent, passion and heart of these 4 guys. I pray this EP blesses you - enjoy!
Review by Ed Rotheram
All The Poor and Powerless