By Chris Clark
Anthem For Today is a band with a message; and that message will ring out loud and clear this month as the band celebrates the launch of its first album.
After a year of playing to crowds all over Ontario, the Owen Sound based trio hit the studio last year to produce their debut album “A Little Louder.” Hit machine producer Jamie Aplin directed the creative process at Drove Studios, and the result is a collection of songs the band is extremely proud of and excited to be bringing to their growing fan base.
Anthem For Today; comprised of Holstein’s Pip Lucas on vocals, and Flesherton’s Dave Hooper on guitar and Robbert van der Grift on bass; worked with artists and writers from all over Christian music for the full-length debut. An early single “Inside Out” has already caught the interest of radio listeners everywhere and more singles are slated to follow.
In conversation with the Confederate, Pip Lucas said the band relished the opportunity to work with some skilled musicians and writers, such as the band Thousand Foot Krutch, as they crafted their original material over the span of several months. Since forming in 2011, the group has performed a number of shows and events, and the lads are eager to launch the next step in their musical evolution.
“It’s constantly one new excitement after another,” Pip said of the months leading up to this weekend’s CD release. “We got to meet a lot of our heroes through making this record.”
The band’s music can be classified as pop/rock and Christian rock, and the musicians collaborated throughout the writing process. The music of Anthem For Today explores the themes of everyday life, and the band drew inspiration from the frustrations and triumphs of their own lives as they honed their songs.
Pip, whose three brothers are also musical, said the songs on the CD have truly been years in the making. Anthem For Today first visited the studio last March with the intention of recording one song, and ten months later an entire album is fully ready to go.
“Every song we write, we want people to be able to relate to it and join in,” Pip said. “Our words affect people, and people affect us as well.”
The official album release party is set for this Friday evening, Jan. 11, at the Gentle Shepherd Community Church Cedarside Campus located atin Flesherton. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is by donation and includes a copy of the new CD, and a number of special guests will be in attendance to share the stage with the band.
“Word is getting out, and we’re hoping for a big crowd and a fun night this Friday,” Pip said.
Already looking ahead to the warmer months, Anthem For Today is planning a summer tour. They expect to launch on the east coast of Canada, where their debut single was warmly received, and extend that into a visit to the west.