Sunday, December 9, 2012

Song Of The Week: 12/9/12

Song: "Weary Saints"

Artist: Dustin Kensrue

Album: "Please Come Home"

Year: 2007

To understand the meaning of "Weary Saints", you should first be aware that Dustin Kensrue is a very spiritual and religious person. With that said, many of his songs and lyrics deal directly or indirectly about God and religion. "Weary Saints" is no different. It's basically about not losing your faith. In life, you will face various trials and tribulations and adversities. You will also sin and at times question faith. When it is all said and done, however, if you keep your faith in God, you will feel His light and love and embrace which is bigger than your imperfections and bigger than even death itself because you will live in immortality in God's light. Dustin Kensrue was active musically since 1998 when he helped form the band Thrice as their vocalist and rhythm guitarist. From 1998 till 2012, Thrice would drop eight studio albums, one live album, two compilations and five EP's. Their early material was geared more towards a post-hardcore sound, even with some punk elements. As the years went by, they became very experimental with their music without compromising their edge. Thrice was definitely a well respected band and hugely influential in rock and roll circles. I personally believe them to be one of the best bands to come out. Everything is strong about the band. Their musicianship, their lyrics, their songs and their live performances are all top notch. In 2007, Kensrue completed his very first solo project entitled "Please Come Home". This album featured Dustin in a more relaxed, acoustic guitar setting and consisted of songs that reminded him of some of the music that he enjoyed to listen to as a kid. The album debuted at number 142 on the Billboard 200 charts and was reviewed favorably by most critics. In 2008, Kensrue completed a Christmas album entitled "This Good Night Is Still Everywhere". This album would feature eight Christmas song covers as well as two new original songs. In 2012, Thrice announced that they would be going on a hiatus. Kensrue, himself, declared that the band has not officially broken up, just that they would not be as active as they were. 2012 also saw religion really come to the forefront of Dustin's life. He became the worship leader for the Mars Hill Church, which is located in Washington state. While there, he also formed a band called The Modern Post, which is a spiritual based band. So far with The Modern Post, Kensrue has released one EP entitled "Grace Alone". Currently, Kensrue's primary focus is on his church work and The Modern Post. Hopefully the door is still cracked open for Thrice to continue on as well but that appears like it will be something that will be down the road. It would be a shame if the book officially closes on Thrice because, as I said earlier, they are a very solid band that definitely shouldn't be underappreciated. I guess we should have faith just like Dustin!!

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