Review Date: 03/06/2015
Review By: Iain Moss
Release Date: 02/24/2015
Rating: (9 / 10)
Jacob’s Well Records’ new recording artist Waiting Hill, released their new The Long Road Home EP last week. Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Waiting Hill was founded by singer Mark Chambers, lead guitarist Chris Davis, and drummer Jon Keener, as the group emerged from the worship team at a local church in the tiny town of Iron Station, North Carolina. The roster was later rounded out with bassist Wesley Wilson and rhythm guitarist Todd Church.
The vision for the band is to move beyond the walls of the church and take their eternal message out unto the world. The band is comfortable performing at churches as well as the local bar and is received well at both types of venues. Rhythm Guitarist Todd Church states “our music is not just aimed at the church. We seek to reach people who don’t necessarily go to church or won’t have anything to do with it. Broken people are found everywhere, and everyone needs to hear the hopeful message that we embrace. God hasn’t called us to just sit still in the safety of our comfort zones.” Lead guitarist Chris Davis adds “we want people to know that no matter what happens in this crazy life, everything will be alright.”
Originally released in their local area as a five song EP, The Long Road Home has been trimmed down to three tracks for the national release due to the departure of one of the members prior to the band’s signing. With their debut full length album expected to be released late summer/early fall, let’s take a closer look at the “taster” EP…
Silky guitars and bass tones provide the musical backdrop for the EP’s opener, “Moving On.” A song all about picking yourself up and moving on, no matter what your past contains, “Moving On” sets the pace for the rest of the EP well. As the drums disappear after just 20 seconds, Mark Chambers’ smooth country tinged pop rock vocals glide into your eardrums, bringing with them an instant calming and meditative state. It’s not long though before the pounding drums are reintroduced and, combined with an added rock edge to Mark’s vocals, the song really starts to hit its stride. Striking the difficult balance between being quick enough to pump you up and keep you, and itself, driving forwards, while also being slow enough to reflect the song’s meaning and introspective nature, “Moving On” is beautifully arranged from start to finish. “I lift up my hands and I take a step, the weight on my shoulders I lay it down, imma moving on to you, imma moving on to you, I lift up my eyes and I’m looking straight ahead to the Glory that awaits, Imma moving on to you.”