Hailing from Bangor, Northern Ireland, Rend Collective Experiment released its international debut Organic Family Hymnal to widespread critical acclaim. The band’s success began at home as a movement of 20-somethings that has now begun to spread across Europe to the Americas and beyond. Rhapsody named the band among the Top 5 Christian/Gospel artists to watch in 2011 as Gospel Music Channel named Organic Family Hymnal among the “Best Albums of 2010.” Catching the attention of modern worship icon Chris Tomlin, the band was invited to join him on his 30-city major market “And If Our God Is For Us…” tour that begins Feb. 15 and features Louie Giglio with special guest Christy Nockels.
The invitation was sparked in part by Tomlin label-mate David Crowder, who added his unmistakable vocals and creativity on the sweeping modern rock textures of the song, “Faithful,” a featured track on Organic Family Hymnal, and especially by Rend Collective Experiment’s highly creative and unusual cover of Chris Tomlin’s “How Great Is Our God.” One of the first bands to record using iPhones solely for instrumentation, more than 292,000 people have viewed this recording at www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaJ4A7mXJH8.
Charting a unique course, Rend Collective Experiment is a group of friends collectively wondering how to make sense of the conundrum of life, God and community. What Rend Collective Experiment’s members add to the conversation are melodies, harmonic progression and lyrics that are scriptural and contemporary, fresh and ancient. The resulting mix has already gathered endorsements from Dr. Tony Campolo, Francis Chan and David Crowder, and acclaim from Worship Leader, CCM, Indie Vision Music, CBA Retailers + Resources, Crosswalk.com, JesusFreakHideout.com, HollywoodJesus and many more. As critics try to explain the fresh sound they are hearing on Rend Collective Experiment’s Organic Family Hymnal, they draw comparisons to a wide variety of musical icons ranging from Sufjan Stevens and Sigur Ros to Elbow and The Flaming Lips to Arcade Fire, Broken Social Scene, Noah and the Whale, Fleet Foxes, Anathallo and The Glorious Unseen.
“Just when I thought worship was getting a little boring, this group comes along with one of the best efforts of the year,” says Gospel Music Channel. “Love the unorthodox songwriting, instrumentation, and their clever music videos are among some of our favorites this year.” (www.watchgmctv.com/news/2010-best-best)
“Words such as ‘poetic,’ ‘artistic creativity’ and ‘indie inclinations’ can send more traditional worshipers running for cover, but I beg of you—stay and hear about this one!” says Foursquare Leader. (www.foursquare.org)
Prior to the tour with Tomlin, Rend Collective Experiment took its modern worship sounds on the road, wrapping up a tour of the UK/Ireland with Francis Chan, and a stint in the US to lead worship with Rob Bell at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, MI Nov. 28. The band also played a Nashville showcase event for industry and media last fall at the Hard Rock Café.
Rend Collective Experiment is a nod to the places in Scripture where it says to “rend your hearts” and not your garments, a bold call to be genuine. “We’re a ‘collective’ that is not into the celebrity aspect of the worship scene – a bunch of guys and ladies, a body, an experiment in progress,” explains Rend Collective Experiment member Gareth Gilkeson, helping to underscore why the band’s images do not feature individual faces.
In that ‘collective’ spirit, Rend Collective Experiment recently invited the first 50 people to respond to its newsletter/online invitation to join them for its next video shoot for the song “Come On My Soul,” which opens Organic Family Hymnal. Already known for its creative videos, the new addition was shot Jan. 15 at Castlewellan Castle in Northern Ireland and will be released soon. Other live and concept videos from the band Include: “Faithful” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=YPmxI8XRTkI), “Movements” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCYgQWLO8vY), and “You Bled (Jesus Loves Me)” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=3N3h0BKV6gw).
For more information on Rend Collective Experiment and Organic Family Hymnal, go to www.rendcollectiveexperiment.com.
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