Getting Second Chances
Posted June 30, 2014
Midwestern up-and-comers The Lasting Hope seeks to expand their fan base with the release of this summer’s 5 song EP Sunsets & Second Chances. Musically, the band delivers catchy, polished, upbeat pop/rock eerily reminiscent of Relient K. A closer look at the credits reveal that Producer Mark Lee Townsend may be responsible for the similarities- in a good way.
The overwhelmingly transformational nature of GOD’s grace serves as the core of the EP’s lyrical content: addressing our imperfection, regret and seeming powerlessness in the face of desperation. This gives the EP a worshipful slant and “keeps things real.” The music is ebullient and sanguine, preventing the overall demeanor of Sunsets & Second Chances from becoming dark & depressing. The acoustic guitar & piano-driven "On Your Way" reveals the heart & soul of the band, managing to both captivate and surprise the listener.
Sunsets & Second Chances should tide fans over until their full-length follow-up to 2011’s Closer Than Before drops. Fans of Relient K, Hawk Nelson, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Stellar Cart, Yellowcard, etc. will find something to raucously celebrate on The Lasting Hope’s latest.
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