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Religion in Chasing the Sky

By KEVIN VANANTWERPEN
Updated: 02/22/12 11:23pm

So if you’ve heard either of our new singles (“Stories” and “Devil Dressed in White”), you may have caught the subtle religious themes in the subtext of the lyrics. Religion is an interesting thing with Chasing the Sky, and it actually plays a huge role in the overall theme of our upcoming album.

We’re often asked if Chasing the Sky is a Christian band – usually because we’ve debuted songs on Christian radio stations or performed at Christian music festivals. Our vocalist also leads youth praise and worship and Mars Hill in Grandville, Michigan. But the truth is, there’s no way to define a group of people with different spiritual backgrounds as – “christian.” As a band, we’re individuals who collaborate and combine our talents, perspectives, and beliefs to create something new.

When it comes to our beliefs, Brenden (vocals) and Dana (drums) come from a more traditional background at Mars Hill (though some members of the religious community may call that a fringe zone). Cassidy (keys) and Trevor (lead guitar) both deal with their spirituality in a much more private, and personal way, choosing not to make themselves a part of any sort of congregation or official religious movement.

And as for me (bass and lyrics), I grew up in a non-denominational Christian church, but found myself disagreeing with almost all of the teachings. Since then, I’ve wrestled with the concept of spirituality. There’s a strong part of me that can’t shake a belief in a higher-power, but I don’t really have any answers (which often makes me teeter somewhere on the line between Deist and Apatheist).

This is why writing an album with heavy religious concepts is both intriguing and exciting. If the point of the album were to be summed up in one sentence, it would be “don’t take anyone else’s word for it – figure out what you believe for yourself.” We also put a heavy emphasis on respect for the beliefs of those who have differing opinions. After all, each member of the band believes something different about human spirituality. Yet we’re all capable of coming together in one room to compose a song. Despite our varying beliefs, we still keep time, play in the same key, and generally get along. That’s what it’s all about. kvanantwerpen@lanthorn.com

Published February 22, 2012 in Chasing the Sky

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