I had the privilege of hearing The Afters for the first time in concert a few years ago. I hadn’t listened to their music much before then, but thoroughly enjoyed the songs they sang in concert.
Since then I have listened to their songs off and on. Recently I was riding in the car and listening to the radio when their new song Battles came on. The song is about God fighting our battles. I enjoyed both the words and arrangement.
Shortly after hearing this song, I found out about their new album, Live on Forever, which was written over a two year period and came together as a celebration of faithfulness, protection and promise—one that shimmers with strong rhythms, undeniable energy, and compelling pop hooks.
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While there are many songs I like on the album, including Battles, When You’re with Me, and Sunrise, Josh Havens, guitarist and lead vocalist of The Afters will tell you Battles sums up the spirit of the album.
“It was the last song we wrote and the fastest we wrote,” he says. “We don’t typically write songs fast; we’ll change lyrics and melodies and craft our songs carefully. But ‘Battles’ poured out, the music and lyrics, in one day. It’s about standing up against fear and knowing God is always with us,” Havens explains. “It’s one of the takeaways we hope people get: Don’t give up to fear.”
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I received a free copy of this product to facilitate this post, however you, my readers, come first and all opinions are my own.