Turn Off The Lesser Lights
Loaded with addictive piano-driven pop born from a place of honest worship. Produced by Steven Potaczek and mixed by Grammy Award-Winning Engineer David Bianco (Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Elms), the band s first nationally distributed project has already won several prestigious industry accolades through the Gospel Music Association and the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.
When a new artist sets out to impact the public in a memorable way, especially in the area of worship, it can be easy to write songs that appeal to the least common denominator. Things become packaged in tidy, three-minute disposable morsels that sound familiar and have a shot at radio. Thankfully, this is not always the case. Proving that modern worship can be intelligent yet immediately accessible, 1000 Generations first national release, Turn Off the Lesser Stars, is a pop-rock album that leans heavily on both electric guitar and piano and features song arrangements that translate naturally to the live setting. The lead single, Fail Us Not, speaks to how God is bigger than our suffering and our sin. Featuring vocals from Steven and Amanda Potaczek, the verses begin with an acoustic groove that transition into a driving chorus is ideal for a corporate worship setting. Along with unique approaches to corporate worship, the band includes commentaries on social justice such as the track How Big Small Can Be, named Song of the Year by the GMA Academy. The opening pulse of the piano gives way to a Beatle-esque chorus challenging us to remember that the world can be changed one small deed at a time. Upon hearing a new artist, or one that s new to you, it s easy to think, This sounds like fill-in-the-blank. The listener will be hard pressed to easily pigeonhole this record. The band s influences can be heard, but each track features an approach that is distinctly their own With a foundation laid by bassist Alain Picard and drummer Lorin Lemme, the band is poised to break out with their debut. This record would be welcome by fans of Caedmon s, Derek Webb and Brooke Fraser. One can only hope that as 1000 Generations reaches a broader audience they will inspire up and coming worship leaders to create lyrically exceptional expressions of love and faith, just as they have before them. --HearItFirst.com
Their song How Big Small Can Be epitomizes who they are and what a practical response to world-wide injustices might look like. Again, this isn t a column about their musicianship, but rather about their character and message. The opening stanza to the aforementioned song goes like this: My hands cannot hold the world / But they can help someone in need / And my cash could never end hunger / But it will help someone to eat. Their point is that sometimes the needs of the world are so overwhelming that we are rendered inactive by the sheer enormity of opportunities to meet such needs. Their response reminds us of how meaningful a simple gesture of sharing one s food with the hungry or taking off a coat to clothe the naked can be. --Relevant Magazine