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The Summer Carnival Band takes new direction

The Summer Carnival Band takes new direction

The Summer Carnival Band takes new direction

4 April 2017

Summer Carnival 2017:The Music, the latest offering from the Summer Carnival Band reveals a lean towards trap and electronic dance music (EDM).

By Anthony Castle

Contemporary Christian music can all too often fall into the genre trappings of sanitised pop singles or soft rock ballads.

The Summer Carnival Band has easily avoided any such categorisation for six years now, writing and performing its own unforgettable brand of music for the annual Summer Carnival youth councils for the Australia Southern Territory.

The Salvation Army’s own musical history came from working-class genres and its first hymns were rewritten drinking songs, so it’s only appropriate that The Summer Carnival Band’s latest album is a mash-up of the pop and dance music that can be heard on Spotify and the streets alike.

The initial writing team of Envoy Nathan Casey, Dan Casey and Ben Knop have been joined by fresh talent in recent years, with Hannah Pho and Davis Bode broadening their sound.

In the past their influences have been as diverse as dub-step, chiptunes and hardcore, but the newer material leans more towards trap music and EDM (electronic dance music).

Redeemer is the album’s dance anthem and it’s big on crowd participation, while Move On Out sounds like an aerobics track from the early 80s, with cheesy horn parts and a funky bass line.

The lyrics playfully combine mischief and sincerity while framing the message of Jesus through themes of restoration and community. Summer Carnival 2017: The Music demonstrates the band’s unique contribution to Christian music and its ability to evolve over time with its audience.

Summer Carnival 2017: The Music is available on iTunes now.

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