As many will know the Crisis of Faith line-up split shortly after the album’s release. This was seen as many as the end of the band, and I was beginning to accept that it may have killed off myself and Kaine for good. I had essentially a fortnight to recruit a brand-new band and get it on the road at the same level it was previously. I was very lucky to be able to recruit Liam, Toby and Isaac, and continue the band.
Since then the band has slowly come back to strength, we’ve spent many hours in the rehearsal rooms ensuring the material was up to scratch and last night we completed our 7th gig in this line-up. Last night was undoubtedly one of our best performances so far, as a band, and many in attendance, who hadn’t seen us before, struggled to believe the band had only been together since the end of May. One attendee said, “If that’s how good you are, after such a short space of time, then what’s the future going to be like?!”
Those who have seen us a couple of times, with the new live up, have said the band performs the songs as if it were the band on the album. We’ve also introduced two brand new songs to the set, Reforge The Steel and Black, both of which have been positively received so far. Those in attendance agreed that the new material, and the old, blended together seamlessly.
The feedback and support from most people has been incredible. Of course, as with anything, in music, you have your detractors, and some have written the band off. However, it’s unlikely many of those people ever really supported us to begin with.
I am not letting any of this get to my head, there is still work to be done and we’ll be working hard, rehearsing to ensure the quality of the band does not change so that the band continues to grow and improve.
Things are, however, looking up, even if only on a small scale right now and we have a few announcements to make very soon. We also have the Ten-Year Anniversary show, next year, at the amazing Colchester Arts Centre. Can I recommend you buy a ticket for this show? It’s £20, which I recognise is a touch expensive, but if we can get a good attendance we can do a stage show, DVD and live album as well. The hire costs for a venue of this quality are not insubstantial which means we had no choice but to charge £20. Sales haven’t been great so far, so please buy a ticket!
It’s been a tough year for bands in general, with social media changing rapidly and many of the old tools such as Facebook are no longer delivering for promotion, and with YouTube becoming less ” band friendly” the end result is bands are having to shout louder to get noticed.
Finally, the band will be in action at The Rock Den on Saturday 21st of July. The previous line-up was once the resident band at the Rock Den, I am personally very much indebted to the venue for the support and encouragement the fledgling Kaine received, it is also the place that helped develop the songs for our album A Crisis of Faith. This is the first time this new line-up will play the venue, and we’re on early so please try to get there in time to see us! You can get tickets from the link on our Facebook page.
As ever, thank you for continued love and support.