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Throughout Abandon’s sophomore
CD Control (Forefront), parallel
themes of boldly living out one’s
faith life and surrendering to God’s
plan with unwavering commitment
converge over anthemic, orchestral
pop and dance floor-filling beats.
Consider the five piece band to pick
up where the legendary DC Talk
left off, coupled with modern day
influences spanning OneRepublic
to Passion Pit, plus a slew of other
hipster acts. Front man/guitarist
Josh Engler gave CCM the full scoop
on how the guys have begun the
process of relinquishing Control over
their personal and professional lives,
along with what they hope fans will
take away from the project’s powerful
ccm: Tell us who you’re listening to
these days and how those sounds
inspired the new album.
Josh EnglEr: Phoenix, Passion Pit,
We are Scientists, OneRepublic,
Air Review and Neon Trees… The
What’s NeW by andy argyrakis
guitar work from these records
inspired us to take a new approach
rhythmically versus the first record.
The simplistic and anthemic beats
helped us see rhythm in a new light
and helped shape the movements
of the songs on Control.
ccm: How were you specifically able
to relinquish control to God for His
plans with the band?
EnglEr: I wouldn’t say that we have
completely relinquished control to
God. It’s a process that goes hand
in hand with our spiritual journey.
It’s a daily and ongoing process of
failures and victories that keep us
relying on God.
ccm: What do you hope listeners will
be able to take away from your lyrical
EnglEr: We want them to be
challenged to grow in their faith, to
see life in a way they haven’t before,
to look at the world through the
eyes of the savior and let God make
their hearts more like His.
ccm: The band sounds more confident
than ever before on this record. To what
do you attribute that growth?
EnglEr: When you play music with
the same guys for long enough, you
develop a chemistry and hone your
instincts to know when a song or a
melody has that special factor. We
feel every song on the new record
has that special factor, and not in an
arrogant way, but in the same way
a person keeps breathing. It’s just
natural; you don’t have to think about
it too hard.
PAul ColmAn Trio
Since his time leading the Paul
Colman Trio, singer/songwriter/
guitar player Paul Colman has
logged time as a solo artist and
as a member of the newsboys.
But these days, he’s reunited
with bassist Grant Norsworthy
and drummer Phil Gaudion,
plotting a comeback tour of
their homeland Down Under. As
part of that trek, the Grammy
nominated group (also known as
PC3) will be headlining Australia’s
massive Easterfest on April 22 in
Towoomba, Queensland. However,
American fans need not fear as
the group’s been recording in
Nashville for a forthcoming 2011
studio CD, which will mark the full
band follow-up to 2003’s One.