Awake O Sleeper – A River Wild

Linda | January 22, 2017

A bluesy, Southern rock style guitar riff in a short introduction beckons you into A River Wild, the latest album released by Awake O Sleeper in 2015.

All Hands On Deck uses imagery of navigating a ship in rough waters, requiring “all hands on deck” mustering all faith and proclaiming “this ship ain’t going down. When tough times come we need to give all that we have to get through, helping those around us to stay the course. Using our God-given determination we can overcome insurmountable odds.

Saw This Coming is a very realistic look at love. “Love ain’t always what we think it should be” the lyric goes, “we know all about it” and “we saw this coming,  now we’re wiser.” Unrealistic expectations can destroy a relationship. A more realistic approach with commitment provides staying power. ” I will choose and I have chosen to love you every single day”. This is great advice.

Gethsemane is a powerful song of imagery going back to the garden where Jesus prayed sweat as drops of blood while his disciples, instructed to watch and pray, fell asleep. “Early morning dream like state, sleep comes for me but I try to stay awake.” You can just feel yourself identifying with the disciples, struggling with the flesh, trying to do what Jesus asked but failing to pull it off. Isn’t that the way we feel sometimes? God has a plan for our day, to reach someone, serve them or to spend time with Him but we aren’t awake to his plan. We sleep right through it.

Into the Water has my favorite lyric on the album, “I face my demons, they wear their scars. I call on Jesus, He’s overcome”. The song ends repeating this several times, emphasizing it. Like a victory song against the enemy of our soul, it creates a rise of faith in me. 1 JOHN 4:4  says “You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.” God is greater. Call on Jesus because He has overcome!

Ghost of a Man speaks to our humanity. “I wish I were a finer man, like the ones who came before. If I were an angel, would the mountains be dissolved? If I were an angel, maybe then I wouldn’t fall.” How we fail God time and time again in our lack of faith, in our disobedience, but he loves us still. Bearing the heart of failure with the line “In the end, it’s all I’ve been, a ghost of a man.” is a despairing thought but then “Like a river wild, you forgive.” speaks of God’s great love for us. I love the bluesy guitar ending.  The song leaves you with a feeling of surrender to our Savior who forgives our sin.  Like a river wild, you found me and washed my sin away.

This is an album you can listen to over and over. It soothes the soul with reflection, demands repentance and leaves you with the hope of a Savior who gave it all so we could be forgiven and love others. Listen to the album here:

 

Linda Fau

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With a passion for Rock and Roll with a purpose-driven message, I've dedicated myself to providing you with all the best news and resources possible for Rock 'n Roll with a Purpose. Rock on!

Awake O Sleeper – Bluesy Rock with a Southern Flair

Linda | January 17, 2017

Gathering around for a concert with these guys feels like hanging out with friends. Brad, Andrew, Drew, Dan and Jordan of the Canadian band Awake O Sleeper from Chilliwack, British Columbia started in 2012.  The guys started jamming together making changes along the way ultimately finding their sound and running with it.  The guys started out playing at churches and youth groups, branching out to bars and other venues. Andrew was only 12 when he started in the band, being the youngest member.  The guys shifted instruments and experimented with their musical tastes taking a little time to find their niche musically.

AOS has been steadily gaining attention with their bluesy, alternative rock sound. Having seen the band live for the first time at the Creation Northeast festival in PA in July of 2016, I began to love their music and the band’s warm, relaxing style. The friendly relationship between the band members was evident creating a cozy, intimate feeling when watching them. They perform well both on the big stage and in a low-key acoustic environment.

Having seen the band live for the first time at Creation NE in 2016, I began to love their music and the band’s warm, relaxing style. The relationship between the band members was evident making for a cozy, intimate feeling when watching them perform both on the Fringe Stage and the Acoustic Cafe. This video recording of the band’s song, The Well” around the campfire is a perfect example of the relaxed, peaceful feeling you get watching them perform.

Brad writes most of the lyrics, exuding honesty in his writing that really shines through when they are performing. In an interview the band has said that the more they play a song, the more it means to them. They are actually buying into it more each time they perform it. The lyrics to the band’s songs are heartfelt and meaningful. Brad talks about coming up with the name for the band, capturing the phrase Awake O Sleeper from Ephesians 5. The band feels that the name fits their message well. As far as discography, the band’s initial self-titled album was released in 2013 and their most recent, A River Wild was released in 2015. You can listen to A River Wild on Spotify (see below).

The band has announced on its Facebook page, December 1, 2016 that they are working on new and exciting “things”.  What are these “things”? Hopefully, we will find out real soon. You can keep up with the band on their Facebook and Twitter Page, as well as their website.

 

Linda Fau

Owner/Blogger

With a passion for Rock and Roll with a purpose-driven message, I've dedicated myself to providing you with all the best news and resources possible for Rock 'n Roll with a Purpose. Rock on!

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