BEC Recordings is excited to announce a brand-new studio album from Nine Lashes, releasing March 11. "Ascend" is the follow-up album to their successful sophomore project "From Water To War" (Tooth & Nail), which released in 2014.
This Alabama band worked with producers Aaron Sprinkle, Ian Eskelin and Barry Weeks to create the new uplifting record.
"We intentionally focused on the lyrics to be uplifting and positive," guitarist Jonathan Jefferson said. "Like all our other records, we always want to point to the hope in Christ Jesus. The reason we do music is to point people to Jesus and also encourage them to deepen their relationship with him."
The first single off the album will be "Heartbeat." It will go for adds at hot AC/CHR.
The band is releasing "Ascend" after a year of changes for the group, including members and their sound. After having two band members move on to other callings in their lives, the group adjusted its sound, bringing members more to the middle of the pop/rock road.
"We love rock music and will always have a passion for it," Jefferson said. "But we really wanted to do something very different from what we have already done. We feel like we fit in with pop bands and rock bands. With this album, we have felt like including some worship-style songs, and it was a great experience in addition to the pop music that has been a part of us from the start."
The band introduced its new sound back in December with, "Galaxy," which included a new lyric video.
"'Galaxy' is about the end of this life when we are brought up in the sky with Christ," Jefferson said. "As Christians, we all look forward to the day that we will be face to face with our savior. That's simply what the song is about."
Nine Lashes released their debut album, "World We View," with Tooth & Nail in February 2012. The album produced a No. 1 rock single, "Anthem of the Lonely," which was at the top for two weeks and in the top 10 for more than six months. The band released its sophomore album, "From Water To War" (Tooth & Nail) in January 2014. Nine Lashes has shared the stage on tour with RED, Disciple, Thousand Foot Krutch and Seventh Day Slumber.