Put yourself in an uncomfortable situation. It will make you a better person.
This is a belief that Andrew John Bennett lives by, and is the reason for the existence of his debut EP “New Blood”.
It was only a few years ago that I could hear Andrew’s music drifting through floorboard and 2X4’s while I watched my oldest son learn to walk. I’d run downstairs, baby in hand. Andrew would hear my steps and have the guitar put away before I reached his room, in an attempt to curb my inevitable request for an encore.
I would tell him that he should play a show with my band or record something but he assured me that he was just messing around.
One of those songs he was “messing around” with is the first track of the EP. When chatting with Andrew about his EP the other day he said that he was once too shy to play his songs in front of people but thought that he should record his EP as an opportunity for personal growth. The results are astounding.
Here’s my podcast with Andrew
I don’t fancy myself as a great purveyor of music knowledge but I dare anyone in their right mind to listen to this EP and not love it. If you let this EP into your heart it has the ability to be the soundtrack for all the best moments of your life.
While the feeling of most of the songs are of the feeling-good-to-be-alive variety that could sell any car, the lyrical content is homiletical and exclamatory. Sons of Man is a call to men. She is My Light is a song dedicated to women and specifically mothers. New Blood is about a spiritual blood transfusion in which Jesus changes us through his blood. And Clear As Day is about the bloody sacrifice that Jesus made.
This heavy material matched with highly listenable music is a treat.
I bet you won’t be able to stop yourself from loving it.
But I wouldn’t take the dare
(if you don’t like losing bets).