With their brand-new album, Tired of Basic
is making a bold statement--not just musically, with their new electronic-pop vibe, but with their bold lyrics, too, about living the extraordinary lives God wants us to have.
We've let LOVECOLLIDE take over our socials
, talked to them about "I Don't Want It,"
and even jumped to some conclusions about their latest music video
--but we thought we'd learn just what sisters Brooke DeLeary and Lauren Budnick mean when they say they're "tired of basic."
Here, Lauren shares what basic can look like in five different areas of life, as well as the radical, extraordinary alternative.
"When it comes to songwriting, you will be basic from start to finish if you do not open up your heart and bare all. Songwriting is not for the faint of heart. To be a radical songwriter you must leave your ego at the door and cut yourself open to feel everything you may want someone else to feel way down the road when they possibly listen to the song."
"I consider myself a foodie; I even make trips and travel just to experience different food. I love to cook and to be cooked for. However, like all things, food is a choice and our choice can have a radical effect on the world around us. To be basic with food is to consume without conscious thought of where our food comes from or how it got there. Food can either be our poison or our medicine. To be basic is to not care enough about how our food may affect our health, the lives of others, or the environment around us. It is basic to live by the lie that 'ignorance is bliss,' because I promise you, it is not. To be radical is to educate ourselves, to act on what we learn and to make a conscious choice."
Basic Christian Life
"To live a basic Christian life is to live by Earth's rules and to remain in the boxes created by culture. To live a radical Christian life is to live like aliens in this world and live by Heaven's rules. To live a radical life is to unashamedly break out of the boxes and be the weirdos God called us to be."
"To be a basic friend is to smile and nod your way through the seasons of your life and theirs. To be a radical friend is to be there and to show up--through the good and the bad. To have radical friendships, there must be a give and take for both parties. You must be a good forgiver and know how to embrace the beautiful and the ugly in someone.
Basic Love and Marriage
"The 'Basic Friendship' part applies to marriage, as well... but a basic love is one that is fleeting, one that has conditions. A basic love is one that looks at the other person and says, 'What can you do for me today? How can YOU make me feel good?' A basic love centers around itself. A radical love is a sacrificial love, an unconditional love.
"A radical love is painted beautifully in 1 Corinthians 13:
'Radical' love never gives up.
'Radical' love cares more for others than for self.
'Radical' love doesn't want what it doesn't have.
'Radical' love doesn't strut,
Doesn't have a swelled head,
Doesn't force itself on others,
Isn't always 'me first,'
Doesn't fly off the handle,
Doesn't keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn't revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.
RADICAL LOVE IS JESUS."