Narrow Path releases new album, ‘Hail To The Liars’December 11, 2018
JASPER — On Dec. 7, southern Indiana rock band Narrow Path released their sophomore full-length album — “Hail To The Liars.”
The album is available in digital formats at most online retailers and streaming outlets such as iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and Amazon Digital, as well as in limited-edition physical CD and vinyl formats at Redemption Christian Church.
With buzzsaw guitars, intense drumming, and a groove-filled bass presence, the band’s sound and lyricism has matured into modern-rock adulthood, while maintaining a rock and roll enthusiasm.
Narrow Path formed at Redemption Christian Church, a multi-site church in southern Indiana, in 2005 as the church’s sole worship band. However, as the church grew and changed, so did the band and its members. With their feet always planted in rock sensibilities, the band has settled into a lineup and sound over the past four years. After the release of the 10-song 2012 album “And Still,” the band trimmed the lineup and modified its sound with the release of the extended three-song single NP, Vol. II: “Long For Eden.”
The band now includes Jasper residents Daniel Ross, the church’s executive minister (also the Jasper Campus’ worship minister), on lead vocals and lead guitar, Mike Weisensteiner on drums, and Andrew Kieffner on bass. Huntingburg resident Kurt Neighbors, also the church’s technical director, rounds out the band on guitar and backing vocals.
Now, with the release of “Hail To The Liars,” the band is exploring new lyrical and sonic territory.
“Hail To The Liars” wastes no time in getting right to the point with the title track leading off the album. With a Stone Temple Pilots-infused guitar riff circling a driving beat, the track takes on our modern cultural moments and the place of evangelical Christians in it. Decrying the temptation to sell out principles for power and fortune, the band spends just 2:41 getting to the heart of the album’s theme
A Sabbath-esque guitar riff kicks off the second track, Instead, one of only two songs on the album not written by the duo of Ross and Neighbors. “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains),” a cover of the Crowder hit, immediately follows and gives a kick to the original material and helps keep the overall theme of the album looking up.
“Numbered,” “Days of Darkness” and “Jr.” bring a light and darkness motif to the first half of the album, exploring themes found in the biblical books of Job (the psycho surf-guitar-fueled Numbered) and Ecclesiastes (the epic slow-burner Days of Darkness). In the case of “Jr.,” themes similar to the title track emerge once again with a truth-in-love critique of those who seek to lead believers via worldly power.
The second half of the album brims with driving rockers (“Save Me” and “Wait For The Day”), a heavy blues rave-up (“Words From A Grave”) and cries for mercy (“This Disease”), rounded out by the powerhouse album closer “The End” — possibly the hardest-hitting song the band has ever recorded.
“Hail To The Liars” is a step forward in the band’s sound and lyrical maturity. From dealing with modern culture to looking for hope reflected in the pages of Scripture, the album clocks in at a pulse-pounding 46 minutes and change, letting off the gas for only a moment or two throughout.
The album was recorded at Moth & Rust Studios at Redemption’s Jasper Campus from May to October, and was produced by Neighbors — who also mixed the album — with Ross assisting in production duties.
Narrow Path and the other bands at Redemption Christian Church seek to offer dynamic times of music worship with the goal of not only glorifying God, but to also stretch the boundaries of what church music can be, realizing a creative God is not limited to one particular sound and bringing songs people can sing in a musical language they understand.
For more information on the band, visit www.narrowpathband.com, their Facebook page facebook.com/NarrowPathBand or on Twitter and Instagram @narrowpathband.
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