Tony Cummings spoke to Matthew Clark and Albert Padilla of the powerhouse punk band RELIANCE
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Tony: I understand you're going back into the studio with Dave Klein this month.
Albert: We want to do the same formula. We all talked and said, "If the formula works, don't change it. If it's not broken, don't fix it." Our new EP is going to be called 'Out Of Hand'. It should be having six to seven songs on it, if not eight. We are really proud of these new songs. I love our entire catalogue, but there's something about these that's special to all three of us. The band has been through a lot of personal turmoil, ups and downs, and we had to come together to figure out, "Is this really where God wants us?" We all have families - kids and wives - and we've all had to make a decision to commit to this band this whole year. This is a rollercoaster emotionally, spiritually, but these songs all reflect that. So we've got a whole year of stuff we've been through coming onto these new songs. I think people are going to really enjoy them, and I'm shooting for the quality to be even better this time around. We're getting four days in the studio. We recorded 'Crashing Down' in two days. We're talking everything in two days! So this time we have four days. We're going to have a lot more time to make everything perfect.
Tony: What's the story behind the title of your new album, 'Out Of Hand'?
Matthew: This last year, this band has been tested thoroughly, and the things we went through were getting out of hand. Even in the midst of all the trials and the testing and the persecutions, we stayed reliant on God. Our love for God, for each other, our love for our families - that's the important thing. Our families are all close. It was our love for God, our wives, our children, each other, the calling that's on our lives and the music that's coming through us. Everything that was happening to us was getting really out of hand, so we ended up writing music around that, saying that even though things are getting out of hand, we are continuing to be reliant on God, on each other, and we are going to continue to be motivated to move forward and produce hopefully - and we've been praying about this - another outstanding CD, filled with positivity, that will go out and touch people's hearts and encourage them. If you're going through something out there, if things seem like they're out of hand, keep going, keep moving forward. Be reliant on God, be reliant on the people around you that love you. Don't stop pursuing life, your dreams, pursuing vision. If things are out of hand, keep motivated no matter what.
We changed our name about a year ago. We were called C:28. This is crazy. This is all based on everything that we've been through, changing this name. It really was the Lord speaking to our hearts. C:28 was based on the Great Commission, Matthew 28 - making disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that Jesus taught. Our mission was to go out there and reach people with the amazing good news of Jesus Christ. That's what we were doing. But then we were experiencing so much turmoil, which was building us up as people, building our character and making us stronger in our faith. One day God spoke so clear to our hearts and said, "How did you get through all of this turmoil you guys have been through? Because your reliance was on me." We prayed about it and right there God said, "Change your name to Reliance." That's exactly what we did. We changed our name to Reliance, we're anchored in to Jesus, and here we are talking to you.
Tony: The title 'Out Of Hand' is intriguing to me with Albert having lost three fingers.
Albert (laughs): I did not even think about that until you said! You know what we should do? We should put a picture of my fingers on the cover.The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.
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