Saturday, March 23, 2013

Sweet Comfort Band is Back!

Christian singer Bryan Duncan has been a busy man of late, and it's a good kind of busy. You might remember that in addition to his tremendous solo music career, he was/is also the lead singer and keyboardist of Sweet Comfort Band.

After being disbanded since the 1980s outside of a few reunion shows here and there, the guys (Bryan Duncan, Randy Thomas (guitarist with the Allies), and Rick Thomson have reunited to record the new album "The Waiting is Over," pictured right. In part, it is also a memorial to SCB founder, bassist, and on-stage evangelist Kevin Thomson, who went to be with the Lord a couple of years ago. He had been a paraplegic for several years after sustaining a spinal injury.

I am hopeful the guys will have many opportunities to do concerts, and that of course will need as much help from as many as possible across the country to get churches interested (not to mention local auditoriums). Let's help get it done! You can contact Bryan's manager, Christopher Redner, via Facebook.

I also want to link you to info about Bryan's latest "Conversations" project. Please click here to see a short video from Bryan about it. You can also get on Bryan's mailing list for regular updates. He also has a special download and CD sale going, which you will no doubt want to get in on.

The new SCB album does not come out until next month, but Bryan has it available for pre-order. And what about a review? I hope he won't mind me reposting this one. It pretty well sums up what those of us who have been SCB fans through the years would expect—top notch message AND music.

Review of Sweet Comfort Band's The Waiting Is Over
by James Mileti of The Sunrise.

The worst song on this long awaited new album "The Waiting Is Over" by The Sweet Comfort Band is better than almost every current hit Christian song out there right now, and it may very well confuse and alienate nearly everyone! 

Here's why...

This album demands the long lost skill of active listening, it is not background noise. It employs active musicians who are gung-ho about actually playing their instruments and getting the most out of them that they can, which is a lot. It promotes dancing, both verbally and physically. It is produced right... very right. It doesn't chase trends, which guarantees longevity. It offers varied styles of music within the same listening experience. It mentions Jesus. It doesn't confuse you as to whether the band is singing about God or their 6th grade baseball coach. It doesn't say "You are worthy" or "Holy Holy Holy" dozens and dozens of times over and over again. There are guitar solos. There are piano solos. You want to play it on your BEST stereo system. People that buy this album will HAVE a best stereo system. It sounds current. It sounds retro. The songs actually go places musically. You won't secretly hope it ends soon. You will be proud to play it for your secular friends. It sounds like The Eagles, Hall & Oates, Maroon Five and Pablo Cruise rolled into one, and you'll be happy about that. 

I like my music with passion, enthusiasm, technical dexterity and a strong Bible based message. The new Sweet Comfort Band album offers all this wrapped in a package of great song writing and soulful vocals. They are a mature band without losing the sound that set them apart to begin with in the 70's. This new album offers an adult sound, a current sound, but still a recognizable SCB sound. You'll want to hear it again as soon as it is done and you'll find yourself saying "FINALLY" a lot. 
Finally there is a current Christian album that will be FUN to play for your secular music friends. Finally there are rich harmonies. Finally I can differentiate instruments that are not lost in an over-produced haze of sound. Finally there are some slow grooves. Finally there is an acoustic guitar solo. Finally there are a lot of intelligent Christian thoughts and concepts. Finally there are guitar hooks. Finally there are songs that wrap themselves up at the end. Finally I am proud to be a Christian musician, if I can be associated with this kind of album in any way, even if it is just writing about it! This is an example of why this band influenced my band, The Sunrise, so strongly.

This is the album the Christian music world needed right now. Let's hope it starts a trend, and shatters a few too!

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