Blaring dynamic tracks such as “Zeal” and “The Bigger Picture” it becomes evident why LA-based Christian rockers Confide exhibit the musical ingredients necessary to enthrall the masses: aggressive, bone-crushing vocals infused with chugging guitar riffs and eloquent lyrics—crafted to exquisite perfection in Science Records debut Shout The Truth.
“When we listen back to the record, it truly amazes us what we are able to produce and how happy we are with the final product,” muses bassist Billy Pruden, who rounded out by singer Ross Kenyon, drummer Arin Ilejay and guitarists Aaron Van Zutphen and Jeff Helberg, completed one of the year’s most astonishing rock albums.
Produced with the expertise of Cameron Webb (Pennywise, Silverstein, 30 Seconds To Mars) at Hurley Studio in Orange County, Calif., much of Shout The Truth was lyrically inspired by Kenyon’s hopeful outlook, in defiance of major life changes endured. “The album has a lot to do with Ross moving to the U.S. from England and the struggles he faced along the way,” Helberg says of their frontman, who, despite having established a devoted following in the U.K., was driven by faith to join Confide. “His accent in America makes peoples’ heads turn,” VanZutphen adds. “It gives us something many bands don’t necessarily have."
Shout the Truth is a fiercely solid album focused on the band’s openly heartfelt allegiance to the message of Jesus Christ, which is reflected in everything from their songwriting to how they stand as individuals. “I think when bands say they’re Christian; the world immediately throws them on a pedestal and puts them under a microscope as if they’re supposed to be this perfect entity, which we’re not,” says Pruden, shining a light of clarity to what Confide stands for. “Being a Christian isn’t about being perfect. It’s about realizing that you’re not perfect and striving to change that.”
The band’s positive demeanor and adrenaline rushing live sets eventually led the five-piece to a contract with indie label Science Records, home to genre powerhouses Blessthefall and Greeley Estates. “Everyone there is so genuine, and we’re honestly friends with all of the staff,” Ilejay says. “I love the label, and we’re so thrilled to be signed to them and become part of the family.”
Confide is looking ahead to a splendid future. They have been confirmed for The Smartpunk Stage on Warped Tour 2008. “You know, it’s funny,” begins VanZutphen.”We joked about playing Warped for three years in a row and now for it to actually be a reality, blows our minds. We are so unbelievably excited!”
It is clear Confide demonstrates the best of intentions and harbors sincere loyalty towards their fans. “We want to let the kids know that we love them. The only reason we play shows is to meet them and become their friend,” Kenyon says. “We want to encourage and be there for them, however and whenever we can. That’s the whole point of this band and this project, to be there for people.”
In addition to their hearts being in the right place, with epic songs like “If We Were A Sinking Ship” and “In Reply” tucked inside Shout The Truth’s 36 minutes of stunning mayhem, it is undeniable that Confide is a breath of fresh air to a rather stagnant scene.
Expect a message from Shout the Truth in summer of 2008.