Rend collective started with a group of young youths in their twenties, trying to understand faith, life, God and community. So they gathered at Rend, a ministry for spiritually hungry young adults, desperately seeking an authentic, raw and real expression of church, which was informally pastored by bandleader, Gareth Gilkeson.
Rend collective comprises over 15 members and records with 6 members (Gareth Gilkeson, Chris Llewellyn, Ali Gilkeson, Patrick Thompson, Steve Mitchell and Larry Lease. The remaining members are there for support and to encourage the band “spiritually, musically, and missional-ly.”
They explained noticing a sense of hostility from the modern culture towards the church and Christians. They, therefore, sought to create music that would draw such individuals spiritually and encourage them to come back to church.
The band has gone from strength to strength. Their endearingly raucous live show has brought out thousands of fans to sold-out tours on both sides of the Atlantic, and they have shared stages with some of the biggest names in Christian music, such as Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman and Tenth Avenue North.
Foot-stomping revival hymn, “Build Your Kingdom Here,” proved to be a mold-breaking hit at Christian radio and, with views numbering in the millions, the accompanying concept music video was honoured with a Dove nomination.
For Rend collective, it goes from recording a live album on the beach around a campfire to shooting a music video on a fully-operational fishing boat in the turbulent Irish Sea, this fascinating worship community has always pursued the colourful and unexpected. They never lacked imagination.
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