Needtobreathe at Skyway Theatre Poster
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That seems to be the case with South Carolina band, Needtobreathe, who recently released their fifth album, Rivers in the Wasteland (Atlantic/Curb/Word Records) and is out on the road promoting it with an extended tour that came to the Skyway Theatre in Minneapolis.
The band, led by brothers Bear and Bo Rinehart and bassist Seth Bolt, exhibits a passion in everything they do and their songwriting toes the line between the secular and sacred in themes, which has led to growing success on both the alternative rock and Christian charts.
The recent documentary, Prove the Poets Wrong (avail. on YouTube and airing on Palladia) compellingly documented the band’s internal struggles (including family feuding and their decade-long drummer leaving) and the eventual catharsis that was the new album, and their live show revealed a reborn joy of redemption from emerging out the other side, stronger as artists and extended family.
Vance tried mid-set to sing off-mic (to no avail), called out a heckler, asked aloud why there was talking during his songs, and ended his set with the album closing ‘Guiding Light’, which had the crowd singing the chorus back to him, even after he had left the stage, gaining plenty of new fans in the process.
The band has a classic Southern rock sound, tempered by its lyrics of faith, and has the uncommon ability to connect with listeners young and old. ‘Difference Maker’ slowed things for a bit, then ‘Wanted Man’ kicked it up again, seguing briefly and cleverly into the chorus of Modest Mouse’s ‘Float On’. Christian fans of all ages held their hands up to the sky on songs like the new anthemic ‘Multiplied’ with its lyrics of “May this offering stretch across the skies, and these Hallelujahs be multiplied.”
The band returned for a second encore, a stark and stripped version of the album closing ‘More Heart, Less Attack’, done unplugged with muted lightning and band members huddled around a central single microphone.
And with that, everyone left the building- young and old, Rock and Christian fans, from all walks of life; transcended you might say, by the impactful performance just witnessed.
Needtobreathe at Skyway Theatre, Minneapolis (12 June 2014)