Satellites and Sirens took the music scene
by storm with its self-titled debut in
2010. Garnering two Dove nominations
and a featured spot on MTV, they quickly
distinguished themselves as a band to
watch. However, in 2011, due to some
industry shake-ups, they were released from
their label. Determined to maintain the
momentum and fan-base already in place,
they worked even harder, releasing two
; The Covers
) in 2012 alone.
2014 finds the band with a new label
(DREAM Records) and with a sound more fully
realized than ever. An infectious blend of rock,
worship and pop, One Noise is a sonic kaleidoscope
of a band that has weathered the
storm, dared to examine every aspect of their
craft and finally surrender the whole thing to
the God they sing about. CCM got to ask the
band few questions about their latest release
and a what they hope the future will bring.
CCM: This project is a seamless blend of the
styles you’re known for. Worship, rock, pop…
how did you achieve the sound you delivered?
We purposely wanted to do something
different with this record. We have spent so
much time in the worship realm over the last
couple years that we wanted to show that
side of us. We wrote for over a year for this
record—worship songs and stuff about where
we were currently in our lives and walks with
Christ. I think you can see all those sides on
this record. Sonically we have been listening
a ton to the latest Paper Route record as
well as One Republic and Hillsong United’s
Zion record. We wanted to take elements of
all that and make it our own to end up with
a record that could fit sonically anywhere.
Grant Craig, the producer we worked with did
an amazing job helping us achieve that. We
took each song one day at a time and really
just dove into it, making sure that every note
and lyric was what we wanted it to be. It was
my favorite music-making experience to date.
You’ve been through so much transition
in the last few years. Who is Satellites and
Sirens in 2014?
I think as a band we have finally figured
ourselves out. I think we have nailed down
our sound and know what our ministry is and
I think we now know how to move forward
with more intention. The next five years will
bring more music and more ministry. We have
some specific ideas that I hope will come
together over the next few years.
CCM: How has God been leading you, teaching
you and challenging you lately?
He is teaching us how to trust. He’s
showing us that He is in control and we need
to just learn to trust Him. No expectations…
just to let go and let Him work. We so
desperately want to keep our hands on
everything and dictate where and when
things should happen, but sometimes we just
need to take our hands off and follow.
CCM: It’s been a dramatic few years, but
surely there have been some funny moments
along the way. Care to share?
Well, we are touring in a Toyota Prius!!!
Haha! Our van is currently out of commission
and since we are using Hawk Nelson’s gear for
this tour (props to those amazing guys) we
have been packing our guitars into the Prius.
Pretty funny site having the tour busses
parked behind the venue alongside our Prius!
CCM: The single, “Jump Start My Heart,” is
absolutely soaring at radio. Where did that
song come from? Do you have other favorite
songs on the record?
“Jump Start” is the first time we took
submissions from writers outside of the band.
Jon Steingard from Hawk Nelson produced
a couple songs on the record, so when I was
pitched this song and Steingard was a writer
on it along with Sam Tinnesz, and then just
how hooky and amazing it was I just knew it
needed to be a Satellites tune. We took it into
the studio and made it sound like us and now
here we are! I honestly love the record, but
my favorites are “Keep Running” and “Teach
Me How To Love.”
CCM: It’s certainly worth noting that your
fan-base played a huge part in this album
through Kickstarter. Any words you’d like to
say to them?
Thank you to everyone that helped
us reach our goal on Kickstarter. We have
the best fans and family out there. We love
keeping up with everyone on Facebook or
Twitter or Instagram…so keep it up! Let us
know what you’re up to!
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