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Bring On the Day

Emu Music
RRP $24.95

Bring on the Day is a worthy successor to 2006’s Take My Life (the debut CD from Garage Hymnal), harking from evangelical Anglican circles in Sydney, and with a close alignment with Sydney University’s Evangelical Union.

Purchase of Bring on the Day entitles the buyer to access a range of resources from the Garage Hymnal website (www.garagehymnal.com); including sheet music, backing tracks and PowerPoint files.

The CD’s songs develop the theme of Christ’s return, along with the struggles and pain experienced in the broken world in which we live.

This is the strength of Garage Hymnal’s approach, something that sets its material apart from many of the songs coming out of the Hillsong and Planet Shakers stables.

Bring on the Day brings it on with maximum impact in the grunge-flavoured opening few tracks, with solid, balanced lyrics alongside plenty of power-chord, distorted guitar.

Who could dispute the soundness of a contemporary song lyric like:
One message, one commission
Reach out to all the earth
His mercy, our refuge
In Christ alone we stand.

For those desiring something a shade softer on the earlobes, Call for Mercy offers that rarity, a contemporary worship music track that acknowledges the word’s brokenness.
For those who are missing
For those who wait
For anger that threatens to turn into hate
We pray for your presence in their pain.

Give the CD a few listens – it took me a few – but now I’m hooked on what this team of Christian musos from Sydney are offering the wider church, especially in theologically-sound, genre-appropriate music for young people.

Praise, lament, intercession, confession, mission – it’s all there. What more can I say than “Bring it on”!

Reviewed by David MacGregor, a musician, minister at Indooroopilly Uniting Church, and a National Working Group on Worship member