The buzz that greeted Rend Collective Experiment s debut release, Organic Family Hymnal, included a viral iPhone worship video, UK tours with Francis Chan and Shane Claibourne, and a US tour with Chris Tomlin and Louie Giglio. Now the next audio assault from Northern Ireland s Rend Collective Experiment is about to launch. Homemade Worship By Handmade People is exactly what the title suggests. Recorded in church halls and houses in their organic collective style, this new collection of worship songs fuses a depth of sung theology and fresh melodies that reflect God-given creativity. Themes of redemption, devotion and celebration make this a complete worship experience with styles and sounds that span from Arcade Fire and Mumford & Sons to Fleet Foxes and Snow Patrol
Rend Collective Experiment is difficult to describe. This said, when considering this outfit and trying to analyse it for just what exactly it is, one adjective screams louder than the accompanying thoughts that bounce around my brain: authentic.
Rend Collective (as the band is often affectionately referred to) is made up of about 15 Irish young men and women who share two passions: God and music. The result is an eclectic mix of music that ranges across the genres from rock to folk.
Songs from Rend Collective's two albums contain themes of redemption, devotion and celebration; the hearts of these passionate believers laid out in the open through eloquent lyricism and raw musical talent.
Apparently free from the common trappings of commercialism and celebrity, this 'family' (as they like to call themselves) produces a unique and refreshing sound.
Homemade Worship By Handmade People is the second example of the fruits of Rend Collective Experiment's pursuit of organic sung theology that presents itself in the form of fresh melodies straight from the heart.
Song titles include 'You Are My Vision', 'Second Chance' and 'Whatever I Have' (feat. Kathryn Scott).