Rend Collective "As Family We Go"
Saturday, November 18, 2017 • 7:00pm
To understand what makes Rend Collective so unique and special among worship artists, you have to go back way back. Some 1500 years ago, the Irish missionary St. Brendan sailed from the Irish coast without maps or any clue where he was headed. “The only thing he knew was that God had called him, ”says bandleader and drummer Gareth Gilkeson. And so Brendan chose to “go”: a bold act of faith that not only echoes the album title As Family We Go, but also speaks volumes about the songs. It also tells you a lot about Rend Collective, a Northern Irish band that has ventured from its native land at the beckoning of an invisible hand. And they’re doing it differently than most other artists before them, living and working singing and sharing the laundry duties as a tightknit family. It’s just the foundation to foster faith and community through music, and forms the heart and strength behind their latest effort.
And my, how this musical family has grown. This young, freewheeling band has seen so much recent success: from opening for the likes of Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Kari Jobe, to landing Christian radio hits such as the revival hymn, “Build Your Kingdom Here.” The next logical step, then, was to hunker down in their private studio and work at a brisk breathtaking pace — cutting the eleven tracks on "As Family We Go" in two weeks.