Recording ‘Aftermath’ in 2010 was a crazy time…all of us are far more experienced in live recordings. For ‘Tear Down the Walls’ the year before, we used an abandoned house to write and work on songs until the early hours of the morning. We would do it day after day until we nailed the songs…or ran out of time. I much prefer studio albums, but it’s important to understand that live albums serve the purpose of the projects really well. Our youth ministry wants to be a part of the albums and they help show the world what worship can achieve when people welcome the Holy Spirit.
Nevertheless, this studio album was a much-needed change of pace. I think all of us were ready to work on our songs the way you do in a studio. I was so excited to be able to develop percussion layers one at a time and give the tracks a solid and creative foundation. Live recordings have limited extra percussion layers for example tambourines, toms and shakers… and that wasn’t the case for us with ‘Aftermath’.
I love the subtleties in music…I look for it in everything; the underlying patterns and polyrhythm’s or whatever. ‘Aftermath’ was probably my first real chance to try it out for myself. Crocker is a killer drummer/ songwriter/ guitarist/ vocalist/ b’baller/ snowboarder…one of those dudes. Having him on tour is the best because he helps provide the extra layers that we need to reproduce the new songs on this tour. I’ve also incorporated a Roland SPD-S for some of the electronic beats/sounds that are used in ‘Aftermath’.
‘Aftermath’ is responsible for a completely rejuvenated tour experience. I kind-of feel the same way you do at the stroke of midnight on New Years Eve…as if I’ve left everything from the way we’ve done previous tours behind. Even just writing about it gets me pumped. We are all putting so much effort into the nights, not that we were ever nonchalant towards it; it’s just that we are taking a huge step up in the way we present our music and ourselves. We are doing everything we can to make the nights unforgettable and we are trusting God like never before to bridge the gap between what the nights would be without Him and what the nights MUST be; entirely about every single person reverencing Him. Everyone that’s apart of the tour does everything they can to make sure the nights are all about God and it’s such an incredible movement to be a part of.
All of us are having so so so much fun on stage. I’ve always prayed that I exhibit the joy of the Lord on stage and hope it’s obvious. I love that we have the opportunity to lead people in praise and worship; it blows my mind all the time. I honestly can’t describe the experience…it’s ecstasy; to be doing something I love so much and doing it for reasons beyond myself is what it’s all about. This realisation comes over me at some point every night…sometimes before the first song. I remember how blessed I am to be in the position that I am in and I just laugh. I never thought I’d be able to lead people across the other side of the world in worship but my God is so much bigger than me. He uses the most unlikely people proving, like He did with Moses and his lack of confidence in speaking, that it’s all about HIM.
Here are some amazing photos from tour shot by Andy Barron. Check out his blog for more of his photos: andybarron.com