"...that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light." - 1 Peter 2:9
I spent my formative years in Los Angeles, after moving down from Canada at the age of 17. Coming up through the independent music scene, I played in a handful of bands, some more well-known than others - perhaps most notably, Sunday’s Best and as a founding member of LA hardcore-punk band, The Bronx, who ended up with a certain level of acclaim.
I ended up leaving The Bronx in 2007, without any kind of formal, public announcement or explanation. It was apparent that it was time for me to move on as I felt the call of my life was pulling me elsewhere.
The idea I had been wrestling with that accelerated my departure from the band was rediscovering the reality of the faith I'd been introduced to in my early teens, perhaps because it stood in such a stark contrast to the life I was living in the band. I had arrived at the idea that God either exists or He doesn’t – and we need to live according to that reality. Choosing not to believe in God has no bearing on His existence, He's either there or He's not. What we think about it doesn’t really matter. Truth is truth regardless of our perception and at the end of our lives we're all accountable for what we've done and the way we've lived.
And that's where the beautiful, cleansing grace of Jesus enters in and washes all of our mess away, stripping us of the soiled rags of our past, regardless of what we've done, and clothing us in the white, spotless, perfection of Christ. All we have to do is believe in His Name and His finished work upon the Cross, where He conquered sin, death and the devil once and for all - and we can be restored in right relationship to our God who created us and loves us.
After a final year in Los Angeles, I returned to my hometown of Vancouver and I recognized that I still very much had a desire to continue to create music, something I've always loved doing. Some friends and I decided on a sound that fit the songs I'd been writing that also resonated with us personally and we set off to record this project. Sonically, it shares more in common with the shoegaze scene of the early-90’s than any of my former bands but sometimes you have to look to the past to find the sound of progress.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (2 Cor. 5:17)
Western Collective © 2011
released 11 October 2011
James Tweedy • Vocals, Guitar, Bass
Ryan Worsley • Guitar, Bass, Keys, Synth, Noises
Greg Swinehart • Drums
Andrew McTaggart & Adam Stewart • Vocals (tracks 2, 3)
Produced by Ryan Worsley and James Tweedy
Recorded, Engineered, Mixed by Ryan Worsley
(with a little bit of help from Cameron Nicklaus)
at Echoplant Sound in Coquitlam, BC
Mastered by Stu McKillop at Rain City Recorders
Recorded between Christmas Eve 2009 and May 2011
Chord charts with lyrics are available with download of the album -- or download them here: ow.ly/7pzcL
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