Here’s a band I think we’ll be hearing a lot more from in days to come. Indie-folk act Churchill (interviewed here on MIMO a few months ago) has been on my playlist for months now, particularly their catchy single “Change.” Things have gone very well for this up-and-coming act since they signed to A&M Octone last summer, including a chance to appear on Jimmy Kimmel (after Morrissey ditched the show in protest of Duck Dynasty) and a tour with Phillip Phillips. They’re currently touring Europe with none other than P!nk, and will be touring this summer with OneRepublic, as well.
But of course, what the growing number of Churchill fans want (including me) is new music. And while a full-length is slated for release this summer, a few weeks ago the band gave us a foretaste with a new EP, The War Within.
Granted, this four-song EP really only has three new songs (“Change” is the opener—video below), but if the full-length is anything like these three new tunes, we’re in for a treat. The title track offers encouragement in hard times, while the last two tunes, “Lock Your Heart Down” and “Gone Too Long” offer a creative spin on love and relationships. Vocalists Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly are awesome together, both in the lead and in harmony, and Bruns (who does most of the songwriting for the band) has a real knack for writing hooks. And the tasteful insertion of mandolin (via Mike Morter) has helped Churchill craft a pop/rock vibe with folk elements resulting in a sound unlike anything else I’m hearing out there.
There’s a reason Churchill has been generating a large following over the past several months, and it’s more than just dumb luck. They’ve got a great vibe, a great sound and a great attitude. The War Within is four songs with great energy; I can’t wait to hear what comes next.