Chela Williams | Music director
When Needtobreathe landed in Australia for their first ever national tour with Third Day in 2015, the band’s gold-certified single Brother was gaining phenomenal success all over the world.
Riding the wave of the song’s success destined a stop in every Australian capital city, including Perth, performing to thousand strong crowds and winning new fans.
Comprised of brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart, Seth Bolt and Josh Lovelace, the band then returned home to begin writing and recording the follow up to Rivers in the Wasteland with Hard Love to be released this year.
Vocalist and keyboardist Josh said Brother is the band’s most personal song to date.
“The song is special because it’s about us and our relationships with each other,” Josh said.
“Being in a band with brothers has taught us that even when it’s hard, family is more important than any success or accolade that we could ever achieve.”
The song was also released as a remix featuring US pop artist Gavin DeGraw.
“It was fun to collaborate with a friend on something that means so much to us,” Josh explained.
Since touring Australia in 2015, the South Carolina rock group have been on the road throughout the US in between recording Hard Love.
“What we do on stage every night is probably the most important thing we do as a band,” Josh confesses. “The fact that people come out to our shows to hear their favourite song or one of their favourite bands is super humbling to us.”
Touring also inspires the band to keep writing and creating music.
“Without the live side of what we do, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Touring dominated the inspiration for Hard Love and challenged the group to create in a new and fresh headspace.
“We have always been a band that creates sounds in an organic way, breaking rules to get the sound we are chasing,” Josh said.
“On this record, we dove into new sonic territory and tried to push ourselves outside of what we would normally do when writing or recording music.
“This is the most fun we’ve ever had making a record and I think you can hear that through all the tracks.”
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