‘More honest, transparent’
This past fall, Building 429 released its latest project.
Since its inception 15 years ago, the four-member band - Jason Roy (vocals), Michael Anderson (drums), Jesse Garcia (guitars), and Aaron Branch (bass) - has strived to use its music to present the message of the gospel. The 10 tracks of “Unashamed'', released from Provident Label Group, seems to be continuing that mandate.
Produced by Seth Moseley and Mike X O'Connor, Chuck Butler, Jason Ingram and Paul Mabury, Casey Brown and Rob Hawkins, “Unashamed'' is their ninth album.
Since their 2000 debut album, the band has set out to focus on God and to support believers with their music.
With ‘We Won't Be Shaken' (2013), we wanted to sow seeds of confidence, boldness and assurance,'' says frontman Jason Roy.
“But we realized we didn't admit to the doubt and struggles of the believer, that the messiness of getting to the place of confidence and boldness is part of the journey that can't necessarily be skipped over. We saw that as an opportunity for this album and believe that God has been a part of the whole process.”
The group also wanted to truly be unashamed, as the album's title suggests, and “more honest and transparent about our struggles with an audience that needs to hear it''.
“Unashamed's'' first single ‘Impossible' speaks boldly about the power of God. With its rhythmic introduction, it reminds believers “We can rise above the typical, And be anything but usual/We know, we know, we know. That there's no such thing as impossible/And nothing is unreachable, When we trust the God of miracles/We know . . . That there's no such thing as impossible.''
The album's title track is bound to become a well-known anthem in Christian music with its chorus of testimony, “So let my life proclaim, I am unashamed/I won't hide your name, So all the world will know/That you, You are all that I live for, Jesus/I am unashamed''.
As “Unashamed'' continues, the listener is impacted with the titles that continue to demonstrate the talent and musicianship of Building 429 that fans have come to expect.
‘Go' is a song that speaks of a believer's commitment to Go where God commands.
‘Ocean Deep' speaks of the depths of the love of God and ‘Hold them Close' is a heartfelt prayer for family. Through it all, the listener can thoroughly enjoy the pop/rock sounds of this powerhouse group.
As a whole, I found this album to be a stellar project with strong melodies and an even stronger message. Fans will be pleased with Building 429's latest project.