Review Xtra – Rend Collective : The Art of Celebration @rendcollective

Rend Collective - The Art of CelebrationTHE REND COLLECTIVE : The Art of Celebration.  (Integrity Download)

Here we have the third studio release of the Bangor-based six-piece folk rock worship band calling themselves ‘Rend Collective Experiment’. This follows their well-received 2013 live album ‘ Campfire’, with the band having toured with Matt Redman, Tenth Avenue North and Moriah Peters, and Ben Cantelon. For those who haven’t heard them before I can perhaps best describe them as a cross between Mumford & Sons and Delirious? – the rousing ‘More than conquerors’ to my ears being the track that most implies a Mumfords influence, and the general tendency to ‘anthems’ being very Delirious?-like! I really enjoyed this album and can well imagine that the Rends go down a storm live. It is chock full of well arranged tracks with great melodies and strong hooks, all delivered by Gareth Gilkerson’s note-perfect slightly raspy vocals and underpinned by a nice variety of instruments – including at various times mandolin, massive sounding drums and ‘large choir’ backing vocals. ‘My lighthouse’ is probably the standout track – and as well as the studio version there is a bonus track ‘live’ alternative. The opener ‘Joy’ (together with a bonus ‘remix’ version) and ‘Burn like a star’ are particularly strong, as is the aforementioned ‘More than conquerors’. Downsides? Some of the lyrics tend to be a bit twee, and when everything piles in (as it often does) the sound is compressed and distorted on a nice sound system (a pet frustration of mine!) – so it’s probably best to limit listening to laptop speakers!  8/10. Dave Deeks

Review Xtra – Rend Collective : My Lighthouse @rendcollective

Rend Collective My LighthouseREND COLLECTIVE : My Lighthouse.   (Kingsway)

My Lighthouse is the third and latest single from the Northern Irish folk rock worship band Rend Collective. Their 2013 album “Campfire “ was a success in the US, reaching number 1 on the US Christian chart and they have announced a new album for release in March, “The Art of Celebration”. My Lighthouse starts off with a toe tapping acoustic guitar part and vocals with a style reminiscent of Gareth Davis-Jones before building with the addition of mandolin. This gives it quite a traditional feel which starts to recede as you hit the chorus. The increasing layers start to give it a more contemporary tone and as the backing vocals kick in with various wo-hos etc, I can’t help but think of the Lumineers’ song “Ho Hey” (you may recognise that song from the recent E-ON TV adverts). If I’m honest I prefer My Lighthouse when it’s stripped back – the additions of the strings and the extra layers don’t really do it for me though probably make it more of a fit for the US market. However, it’s a catchy, well-crafted song even if it doesn’t quite win awards for originality. It will be interesting to see what the new album has in store. 7/10   Robin Thompson.

UK GIG & EVENT GUIDE – December 2012 and beyond!

December

1   CROWHURST, Christian Healing Centre.   Marilyn Baker – Creative Writing Day.   01732 850855.

1   LONDON.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

1   NEWCASTLE, Simpson Room.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

2   FELTON, St Michaels.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

3   KIRKWHELPINGTON.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

4   CRAMLINGTON.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

5   FOXTON.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

6   STAPLEHURST.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

6   HULL, New Life Church.   Sooter.   01482 b610705

7   CROOK, St Catherine’s Church.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

7   DONEHEAD.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

7   HULL, City Hall.   Christmas in a Heartbeat.   www.hotgospelchoir.co.uk

7   BARROW UPON HUMBER, Holy Trinity Church.   Elvis Christmas Gospel Show.   7.30pm.   £5.   01469 531613.

8   LONDON, All Souls, Langham Place.   Stuart Pendred, Joanne Lunn, All Souls Orchestra.   www.allsouls.org

8   SOUTH HETTON, Holy Trinity.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

8   BROMLEY. Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

8-9   LEEDS, Garforth.   Power of the Holy Spirit Conference.   0113 2285917.

9   LOW MIDDLETON, St George’s Church.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

12   PAISLEY.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

13   FRASERBURGH.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

14   ASHINGDON   John Froud.   01274 580817

14   STOCKTON ON TEES, St Paul’s Church.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

14   ABERDEEN.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

15   LEIGH-ON-SEA.   John Froud.   01274 580817

15   NEWCASTLE, The Basement.   The Steels.   www.the-steels.com

15   BRIDGE OF WEIR.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

16   LOW MIDDLETON, St George’s Church.   3pm.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

16   SHILDON, St John’s Church.   7.30pm.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

17   MIDDLEWICH.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

17   DARLINGTON, St Mark’s Church.   Vivienne Neville, Liz Clarke.   vjmnev@ntworld.com

19   STOCKSFIELD.   Gareth Davies-Jones.   info@garethdavies-jones.com

30   BELFAST, The Black Box.   Juliet Turner.   www.julietturner.com

JANUARY 2012

20   HULL, Victoria Dock Church.   Rock Eucharist.   7pm.   01482786790 

26   OMAGH, Strule Arts Centre.   Juliet Turner.   www.julietturner.com

FEBRUARY

13   FOLKESTONE, Cheriton Baptist Church.   Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

21   TOTTENHAM.   Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

MARCH

4-8   POOLE, Green Pastures.   Retreat – Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

18-22   LYNDEY, Lindors Country House Hotel.   Retreat led by Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855

UK Gig and Event Guide November 2012

NOVEMBER

1   WORTHING, Pavillion Theatre.   Charlie Landsborough.   01903 206206

1   BALLYMONEY, Town Hall.   Juliet Turner.   www.julietturner.com

2   WARRINGTON, Bold Street Methodist Church.   Connected Worship Conference..   www.methodist.orh.uk/lp

2   SHREWSBURY, Theatre Severn.   Charlie Landsborough.   01743 281281

3   IPSWICH,  Corn Exchange.   Charlie Landsborough.   01473 433100

3-4   LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL.   John Bell (Iona Community).   www.visitlichfield.co.uk

4   LIVERPOOL, Philharmonic.   Charlie Landsborough.   0151 709 3789

5-9   BATTLE, Crowhurst Christian Healing Centre.   Retreat led by Marilyn Baker.   www.mbm-ministires.org

7   CULLEN.   John Froud.   01274 580817

8   SHREWSBURY, Baptist Church.   Imagine Training Workshop.   02073 999 555

9   CAMBRIDGE. Lou Fellingham.   07952 625 518

11   GATESHEAD, The Sage.   Gareth Davies-Jones, Calum Stewart.   info@Garethdavies-jones.com

12   GUERNSEY, Eldad Elim Church.   Imagine Training Workshop.   01481 257431

13   DESFORD, Free Church. Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

15   CHELTENHAM.   Lou Fellingham.   07934 508 182.

16   EASTBOURNE, Devonshire Park.   Mission Worship.   www.missionworship.com

17-18   GREAT YARMOUTH, Christchurch Methodist.   Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

18   HALIFAX, Christ Church, Mount Pellon.   Noel Richards.   Heptins@virginmedia.com

21   BOURNEMOUTH.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

22   SWANSEA.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

23   DUNSTABLE.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

23   WAREHAM.   John Froud.   01274 580817

23   DERRY, Culturlan Ui Chanain.   Juliet Turner.   www.julietturner.com

23   KETTERING.   Lou Fellingham.   07734 086 957.

24   BATH.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

24   CHRISTCHURCH.   John Froud.   01274 580817

24   CHESSINGTON.   Lou Fellingham.   020 8391 5522.

24   SCARBOROUGH, Ebeneezer Baptist Church.   Ian White.   01723 367393.

24-25   THETFORD.   Marilyn Baker.   www.mbm-ministires.org

27   YORK, Black Swan.   Union Jill.   unionjillmusic@gmail.com

28   BRACKNELL.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

29   ONGAR, Mulberry House.   Marilyn Baker.   www.mbm-ministires.org

29   PETERBOROUGH.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

30   SOUTHAMPTON.   Lou Fellingham.   02380 860 320.

30   NOTTINGHAM.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

DECEMBER

1   CROWHURST, Christian Healing Centre.   Marilyn Baker – Creative Writing Day.   01732 850855.

1   LONDON.   Matt Redman, The Rend Collective.   www.BigChurchNightIn.com

8-9   LEEDS, Garforth.   Power of the Holy Spirit Conference.   0113 2285917.

14   ASHINGDON   John Froud.   01274 580817

15   LEIGH-ON-SEA.   John Froud.   01274 580817

30   BELFAST, The Black Box.   Juliet Turner.   www.julietturner.com

JANUARY 2013

 26   OMAGH, Strule Arts Centre.   Juliet Turner.   www.julietturner.com

FEBRUARY

13   FOLKESTONE, Cheriton Baptist Church.   Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

21   TOTTENHAM.   Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

MARCH

4-8   POOLE, Green Pastures.   Retreat – Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.

18-22   LYNDEY, Lindors Country House Hotel.   Retreat led by Marilyn Baker.   01732 850855.