A movement of friends is a hard thing to package. When something happens locally that is real and sincere, it probably doesn't need too much hype. The Rend Collective Experiment started in 2004 as a group of confused 20 somethings started trying to figure out life, God and community.
Then in 2007, Rend Collective Experiment grew into a collective of 15 Christian musicians and artists trying to share with the world what they were learning. All the music is grown out of an organic environment with melodies, harmonic progression and lyrics that are scriptural and contemporary, fresh and ancient. In their attemps to push the bounds of God's creative spirit, Rend Collective Experiment engages in frequent, random instrument experimentation. Rend Collective Experiment is a nod to the places in Scripture where it says to “rend your hearts” and not your garments, a bold call to be genuine.
“We’re a ‘collective’ that is not into the celebrity aspect of the worship scene - a bunch of guys and ladies, a body, an experiment in progress,” explains Rend Collective Experiment member Gareth Gilkeson, "and we hope you can appreciate our bond through our music. We try to make journey music that talks from the heart and trys to follow God's heart yet its music for all not just the religious!"
Irish worship artists Rend Collective Experiment wanted to approach the follow-up to their universally praised debut, Organic Family Hymnal, in a decidedly homespun fashion. So instead of holing up in a studio for weeks on end, Rend Collective Experiment held their recording sessions in Gareth and Ally Gilkeson’s own living room in Northern Ireland. For Rend Collective Experiment, who’s always been less of a band and more of a family anyway, it was an ideal experience that culminated in the group’s second album, Homemade Worship By Handmade People.
“The best way I could describe it was that we didn’t want to get involved in any clinical, polished studio where things felt detached from normal life,” Gareth says. “We wanted things to feel homey, and there was something intimate about that. Naturally, there were guitars and instruments everywhere for the better part of six months, and I’m not sure how my wife [Ally] coped, but it was an experience none of us will ever forget. It’s a fun way of making music.”
More interested in creating a raw, authentic vibe than necessarily getting all the technicalities right since they also produced the album, the aim of Homemade Worship By Handmade People was to write songs with congregations in mind, and to remind the Church universal that we’re all unique, valuable and made with God’s own hands.
“We’re all handmade people created by our God who is not safe or small,” Gareth shares. “Our heart was ultimately to make music that was sonically creative and pushed the boundaries, but we also wanted to write something that really served the Church. It’s not us trying to do something crazy and different for crazy and different’s sake, it’s our response to a truly magnificent God with a wild imagination.”
|Organic Family Hymnal||2010||Kingsway Music|
|Homemade Worship By Handmade People||2012||Chordant Music group|