STYLE: Dance/Electronic RATING OUR PRODUCT CODE: 160675-23941 LABEL: Rend Family Records 0602547378491 FORMAT: CD Album ITEMS: 1 RELEASE DATE: 2016-05-06 RRP: £9.98
Reviewed by Tony Cummings
Those revivalists from Northern Ireland Rend Collective started a boutique label with Sparrow last year and the first act signed were Urban Rescue. These guys from San Diego play electro-tinged pop rock and indeed "Never Stop" is an eminently danceable groove declares that there is no place the band would rather be than communing with God (a lyrical theme that reminded me of a pop dance gem of another era, V*enna's "Where I Wanna Be"). Another truly outstanding cut here is the finale "Up From The Ashes" which over ricocheting percussion incorporates into its anthemic sweep a passage which is either a poem or an extemporised prayer from one Michael Nelder. There are two snags with this uplifting album - one is that there is a bit at the end of "Alive In You" which is a ringer for the melody of "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)"; the other is that there are a tad too many gang vocals singing the hooks and bv parts for comfort. Overall, this team, who after years of independent releases have, for the moment at least, got record label support, make a pretty good fist with their danceable pop rock worship.
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Urban Rescue is a revival band from Los Angeles and the first ever act signed to Rend Family Records – a
partnership between Irish celebration band Rend Collective and Capitol Christian Music Group. Fronted by
Jordan Frye, Urban Rescue is on mission to inspire the next generation of believers to see their churches,
communities and cities awakened by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With an untamed passion for worship emerging from pain and trials, the band has a
heart to see broken cities and lives restored. Urban Rescue will join Rend Collective this spring, traveling to 50+ cities across the US on the “As Family We Go Tour.” Their first project with Rend Family Records is set to release May 6th everywhere.
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