The Vespers are done with the gimmicks. They’re past the talking points. As the now-veteran act prepares to release their third album, they’re simply focused on the music at hand.
When the foursome first broke onto the folk scene, the narrative was all about the band’s make-up—two sets of siblings, all of whom were teenagers. Their music and story drew rave reviews from Huffington Post and Sirius XM, among other outlets. All in all, it was a nice introduction to the band, but their memorable pop arrangements and folk instrumentation are enough to carry the conversation these days.
That conversation also includes a focus on the band’s faith. The Vespers are all Christians and are very open about their faith in God and commitment to Christ. As Taylor Jones details, it’s the potential to bring the gospel message across to a new audience captivated by their music that excites him the most.
“The thing that I’m personally excited about is that the people who are hearing these songs are saying they could hear this on pop radio,” says Jones. “That makes me smile because there’s still so much of the gospel playing out in each song. To me, each song on the record has a little situation or sample of what Scripture is saying in it. Since we’re getting older and learning lessons and applying the gospel to it, it is coming out in the songs.
“In a perfect world, it will get played on pop radio and will have a crossover kind of vibe,” he continues. “That would be awesome to hear the gospel on pop radio. That’d be a breath of fresh air, I think. That’s what we’re excited about.”
While the band’s faith clearly resonates on these new tracks, Taylor also explains that it’s not a hit-you- over-the-head approach that has the potential to turn people off. Instead, it’s about making music as an honest expression of the band’s beliefs and lifestyle.
“I think a lot of Christian bands haven’t been presented very well, or were presented in a polarizing way,” he says. “They could come across as if saying, ‘You’re wrong if you’re not like us.’ If that’s in your heart, then that’s going to come out. That’s a bad thing.
“We’re a bit more subtle about it all. We’re not trying to hide what it is, but you can have music that is born out of your relationship with Christ without just saying ‘Jesus, Jesus, Jesus’ in your hook. That doesn’t have to happen.”
As the band continues to live lives that reflect Christ and makes music that reflects their lives, chances are there will be no need for interpretation, gimmicks or sound bites. Their music does and will speak for itself.