Good morning, friends.
Let us say up front that this post is going to describe some changes that the band is going through right now which are at once sad, exciting, and definitely something to get used to over the coming months.
Already in the new year, we’ve begun taking steps to further expand our ministry: we’re booking some pretty big events, working with the prospect of some awesome new management, and finishing up a new album that we are absolutely thrilled about. Every step we’re taking is only where we feel God leading us, and he’s certainly opening some amazing doors.
However, God continues changing us, as well as our paths. It’s extremely difficult to balance a music career, family/friend relationships, and full-time jobs, so the fact that God has allowed us to do all of these effectively for so long is definitely proof of His hand in it. But when God tells us to move, we move, and we don’t move without Him.
Recently, our Bass player Chris Smarekar has been receiving opportunities around Chattanooga to serve and grow, both on a volunteer basis at his church and at his work with Teen Challenge, and has felt God moving him away from a road-ministry into one equally as crucial at home. The scale has simply been tipping in favor of pursuing those avenues, and he is being faithful to respond to God’s hand in it.
Chris remains a brother to each one of us - all that’s changing is that he’s no longer going to be locking down the low end with TCR. For those who know Chris, you know that he’s never going to be done making music; he probably won’t even be done making music with people in TCR (He and Hamilton have talked about probably ten million side projects), but now, his and They Came Running’s path will be different.
He and the band are still on excellent terms, and will continue to be as they both further the ministry positions God has placed them in. He has played a distinct role in shaping our sound over the past two years, and his influence will remain in years to come.
None of us knows the duration of the season that we’re in; all we can do is put the trust of our steps in the Hand that guides them, and follow Him faithfully. We’re going to miss making music with Chris, but the band is, for the foreseeable future, far from over. In fact, we’ve only just begun.
Thank you for your support, all you who are reading this. Get ready for a huge 2014! We are unbelievably excited about it.
God Bless, and see you soon,
They Came Running
Sound On The Radio
Now that it’s been out for a while and people have gotten to listen and respond to it, we just wanted to take a second and talk about what “Sound On The Radio” means to us.
It’s a concept album of sorts, as it chronicles the navigation through the process of hunkering down, finding shelter, and riding out an impending storm. The tracks are laid out in a very specific order not just musically but thematically. The optimistic, bright-eyed “Die Tonight” echoes how journeys begin: full of enthusiasm and excitement. On its heels is the signal of encroaching night, “Chase the Sunset.”
Woven throughout the album are snippets of a radio warning, which is what ties the story of the album together. It’s an old warning, one that has been on repeat since before the storm rolled through and left a scorched earth in its wake. As you listen to the album through, the signal goes in and out and we can only catch glimpses of the message, adding to the mood of a desolate, post-destruction landscape.
The tone of the album gets a little darker with the warning of “Killer Tornadoes,” the plea for healing in “Dry and Brittle,” and the contrition of “The Storm.” Finally in “You Were There,” which starts dry, cracked, and raw, we find the promise of a God who guarantees that even in the depths of the storm, He’s there. It’s this God who brings the dead to life, who can resurrect the broken after a storm.
Finally, after the cathartic, post-apocalypse “Endlessly,” the message comes in full - the message that “Searching for Satellites” implores the listener to hear. It’s an exhortation for holding on to a hope we’ve been promised would remain even when the terror is most real, and is the central message of the album - it IS the Sound On The Radio.
Listen to it with new ears. Translate it to the season of your life you find yourself in, and remember that the sound of the hope of a God who loves you is a beacon worth clinging to and worth searching for in the middle of the storm. It’s been playing on repeat since before the storm hit and waits only for you to find it.
We love you all.
So, do you want to hear something?
For the record, Sound On The Radio has been released.
As in, you may hear it right this second. That’s right. Right this second.
Share it, tweet it, post your favorite songs everywhere you can find, and keep an eye here and on all of your favorite social media outlets for when it’s available for wide purchase on your various Amazons and iTuneses and whatnots. Because we’ll get word out just as soon as we hear something.
We’re so pumped for this album! Let us know what you think.
Thank you so much!
The new album is entirely finished being tracked, and all that’s left is the mix and master.
Let’s say that again.
WE’RE DONE, YOU GUYS!
It took a year to track this thing since we had so many breaks in recording (FUGE, post-FUGE touring, Christmas tour, D-Now weekends, etc), but it’s finished. And honestly, it’s the best material the band has ever written.
We’ll post more about it later: about the theme of the album, about how it’s put together to be a continuous album rather than simply a collection of songs, and about how excited we are for the musical and stylistic turn the band has taken while remaining true to its roots.
What we will say NOW is that the name of the album is “Sound on the Radio” and that we are confident that you will love it. Because we really do.
Thanks for hanging in there with us, friends. We love you.
Radio and Updatey things
Good morning, friends! We have fun updates.
#1: We have started getting some air time on various radio stations, most notably the nationwide RadioU, which is completely commercial-free and devoted to giving the listeners exactly what they want. You can go there and request Dry and Brittle (and we’d probably love you forever if you did). If you hear us on the radio, tell us here or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know where you are and what station you heard us on!
#2: We are playing another FUGE camp this summer - Centrifuge at Carson Newman. If you’re going to be going to Carson Newman this summer, let us know and we’ll see you soon!
#3: We are done tracking our new record (!!) and are pushing the mixing as hard as we can to get it to you as soon as possible (Spring). We are so unbelievably excited for this record, as it’s the best material the band has ever written and we’re legitimately expecting big things to come of it. Thank you all for listening and supporting us as we expand our ministry potential daily!
#4: Don’t forget that you can go to our Bandcamp page and get free downloads of both our single Dry and Brittle and also our Christmas EP! You can also sign up for our email list here. We’ll not spam you or anything, and you may receive special offers and you’ll definitely be on the front edge of new news.
You guys consistently blow our minds. Thanks for staying faithful and for listening. We love you so much.
Done with guitars.
Three tracks left for vocals.
You guys, this is going to be stellar.
Just to let you know, we have mere days left before the new album is finished.
And you all, it’s our best material to date. It’s a little darker, whole lot more complex, and every bit awesome. Prepare yourselves, because you will be swept away. We’ll keep you updated, friends.
We love each of you so much. Thank you for listening and keeping in touch!
Singley Things and Free Stuff and Such
Exciting times are ahead.
Click Here to download our latest single, “Dry and Brittle,” for absolutely FREE.
We are literally in the process of finishing up vocals on a Christmas EP which will be released before the end of the year… again, for FREE.
All of this is gearing you up for our Sophomore record early next year. You guys, we are so excited about this new stuff, the evolving sound of the band, and the opportunity to travel and see even MORE of you! Check the “shows” page for upcoming events and find a time to book us! We want to see all of you.
We wish you the absolute best and the merriest of Christmases. We hope to see you soon!