STYLE: Pop RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 142088-21042 LABEL: Fair Trade Services 736211607591 FORMAT: CD Album RELEASE DATE: 2013-08-13 RRP: £12.99
Reviewed by Elliot Rose
Following the renown (and eventual cessation) of the David Crowder Band, Mike D, Mark, Jack and Bwack decided not to end their journey there but merely turn a corner down that particular musical corridor. Forming The Digital Age and releasing debut album "Evening:Morning", the guys have sprung off an already existing platform of experience and friendship and landed in a much steadier position than that in which most bands start. The music itself is a slight variation to the DCB back catalogue, but still continues the same style of ambience and electronics. "Captured" opens the album, making the most of vocal harmonies (which is more reminiscent of Rend Collective than anything), before a thumping beat kicks in. The guitar overdrive is cranked up, along with the tempo, on "Symphony", but after that the album seems to fade away. Although the atmospheric arrangements are pleasant on the ears, few of the songs stand out, and it seems to take a long time to get through the 12 tracks. "Your Name (We Shout)" and "Break Every Chain" represent the potential of the four piece, but it's an uphill climb to live up to their previous reputation.
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As the curtain closed on a decade of the David Crowder Band in 2012, former band members Mike Dodson, Mark Waldrop, Jack Parker and Jeremy Bush decided to continue their collaboration by forming The Digital Age in order to create contemporary worship for the church. The tracks were written conceptually, moving through the night until the morning and the album has a unique, yet familiar sound. They describe it as ‘alternative church music’, blending modern melodic and electronic sounds with personal and reverent lyrics.