Inspired by the writings of Ched Myers, the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the social justice work by indigenous people of Australia, the brothers just barely finished this song, “Bring It On,” in time for the 2016 summer conference at Ghost Ranch, New Mexico. The whole band (including drummer, Mike Boggio) enjoyed a roaring response to the theme song.
Produced by Zehnder (engineered by Tom) this recording reflects the band’s interest in a raw immediacy to the sound: real drums, 1 bass, 1 guitar, vocals in the face, with just a few extra vocals and fx sprinkled in- much like the raw beauty of that Northern New Mexico landscape that Zehnder has come to love.
The ancient concept of Jubilee factors strongly in this piece- it’s the idea that every 50 years, all land (wealth) would be redistributed back to the original owners and all debt be cancelled. It’s a crazy-challenging word with which to wrestle, but worth the struggle to interpret for our modern context. The band found it quite appropriate that such a song was “forged among” (or at least sung a bunch by) conference goers right near the U.S. Independence Day celebrations.
If you’re doing good work, Zehnder hopes this tune inspires you not only to keep it up but to recognize what you have in common with those riding right alongside you.