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Kingdom of Comfort (CD)

Kingdom of Comfort (CD)
From cancer to consumerism, fear and failure to hope and unity, Martin, Stu G, Stew, Tim and Jon-the-bassist offer their most real and risky album to date. With anthems and wakes, anger and the rawest guts you’ve ever heard, Delirious? have produced
 
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ISBN/EAN: 5033910002920
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Publisher: KINGSWAY
Pub. Date: 14 April 2008
Author: Delirious?
Format: CD
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From cancer to consumerism, fear and failure to hope and unity, Martin, Stu G, Stew, Tim and Jon-the-bassist offer their most real and risky album to date. With anthems and wakes, anger and the rawest guts you’ve ever heard, Delirious? have produced their loudest album yet. Hooks and melodies drip from every track, drawing listeners in only to have the razor-words slash away all that is fake and artificial.

It all started with trips to slums in India and Cambodia – encounters with life that made poverty personal and forced hard questions to be asked by each member of the band. Living the five star dream comes with a whole load more baggage when it’s fused with feeding projects and faith.

So Delirious? took their questions into the studio and emerged with this: a heart full of tracks that rage and praise and applaud and tear down and stumble and sprint. Soaked in stories and personal experience, you’ll have to wait for the song-by-song to catch the detail of individual tracks, and there are too many highlights to lift out here. But if you want a simple sound bite to savour, try this dragnet of lyrics:

‘See me falling down… there will come a day when this all will fall away… I can’t believe that I just turned away from the souls living in this hell today… see me falling down… save me from
the kingdom of comfort where I am king, from my unhealthy lust of material things… is there a place in your arms of love strong enough?’


Track Listing:

- KINGDOM OF COMFORT
- GOD IS SMILING
- GIVE WHAT YOU’VE GOT
- LOVE WILL FIND A WAY
- EAGLE RIDER
- WE GIVE YOU PRAISE
- HOW SWEET THE NAME
- WONDER
- BREAK THE SILENCE
- STARE THE MONSTER DOWN
- ALL GOD’S CHILDREN
- MY SOUL SINGS


SONG BY SONG BY DELIRIOUS?

KINGDOM OF COMFORT
This is more than a song it’s where we’re at as a band and individuals. We don’t profess to have answers to the big
questions of living with the poor, the oppressed and the marginalised on our global doorstep but we are wrestling with
these questions… and our comfortable kingdoms.
It started in Brazil in 2006, while on tour once again faced with communities that have extreme wealth and extreme
poverty. I was listening to Rob Bell from Mars Hill in Grand Rapids talk about Solomon amassing great wealth and
wisdom and how he was “to do justice and righteousness”, but how he became the oppressor, forgot to tell the story of
rescue and freedom, and, in the end the nation ended up in exile.
What is our kingdom of comfort? It’s when we are comfortable and safe in our isolated environments, our religion, our
“castles”. When we become indifferent to the struggles of others when we are fearful of being inclusive and diverse!
It’s a new sound for us…I love this song! [Stu G]

GOD IS SMILING
This phrase came as a spontaneous song during the drop down section in the song ‘History Maker’. I was talking about
the things that make God smile and also the things that don’t make Him smile. Injustice and poverty are two of those
things and need to be addressed if we are to be called ‘Christians’ We joined hands, (God always smiles when people
step outside themselves and become part of something bigger), we felt the electricity as we sang, ‘ God is smiling over us
tonight’. This then became the song it is today. [Martin Smith]

GIVE WHAT YOU’VE GOT
This started life as a slow and moody vibe but ended up rocking out on us! Martin imagined sitting down with one of
his sons giving advice on living life. Whatever you do give it what you’ve got! My favourite line is “I made some mistakes
but the grace was so good”. We can all say that I guess!
I loved working on the guitar tones with our great friend Lynn Nichols we pushed that 70’s Marshall Hard! [Stu G]

LOVE WILL FIND A WAY
A song of paradox. One minute we’re feeding kids on a slum the next we’re in a 5 star hotel because that’s the only
sensible place to stay. This song reflects the inner monologue of someone asking all the questions and how they can
engage in making a difference from the comfort of our own lives. My favourite set of lyrics in the middle 8. [Martin
Smith]

EAGLE RIDER
Inspired by watching the low budget film from New Zealand ‘Whale Rider’, a great image of something or someone
taking you further, going deeper. A strange phrase really but Eagle Rider stuck and became a story of flying up through
the winds and soaring so high you can almost see into heaven. A song about change, shift, repositioning and freedom. A
song about rediscovery, of risk and of adventure. A great groove, something new for us. [Martin Smith]

WE GIVE YOU PRAISE
A friend of ours, Marty Sampson from Sydney, sent me an idea with the first line of the chorus. The
verses didn’t grab me, but the chorus idea did. We shaped it into this powerful ballad about walking on
the road of life and not giving up. Also, we blame the devil for a lot of our troubles, but most of my
trouble comes from me, my flesh, the old man. We have been saved from ourselves. That’s the most
amazing thing. Left to my own devices I would perish. [Martin Smith]

HOW SWEET THE NAME
Almost hymn like, a simple love song, the sound, the name, they woo me everyday. The musical ending
is the perfect juxtaposition to the serenity. Life is simple, but also complicated and we didn’t want this
song to be an easy ride for people! ‘So many songs I’ve sung, but there’s none more beautiful than
you’, that’s it right there! [Martin Smith]

WONDER
Whilst visiting one of the red light districts in Mumbai, India I came across this little girl who stood out
from the crowd. We couldn’t take our eyes off of each other and I knew something was happening to
me. I returned to the hotel but couldn’t shake off what I felt. I just kept thinking about her. I returned to
England and my wife and I talked about the possibilities of adopting her. We definitely opened the door
and went on a journey with it, but during the process, the mother of the child decided to keep her. Of
course, this was the right thing and the mum is now out of the trade and working a normal job. My
heart had been changed, and in some crazy way I feel like I’m her dad and we are now involved in
helping with that project. It’s a simple love song; an unlikely love song but very pure. This song is for
Fahreen. [Martin Smith]

BREAK THE SILENCE
Wow we really had to work hard on this song! I think we got to seven chorus re-writes before we finally
called Iain Archer for some writing help, but definitely worth the trouble. The guitar riff actually was a
Martin keyboard riff, but I nicked that good and proper! Once again, the lyric urges us to realise that it’s
in our hands to make a difference. We met Rabbi Joseph Edelheidt in India and, in conversation,he was
encouraging us to write songs that cross divides. It’s much better if we find what unites us rather than
concentrate on what divides us. We have to work together to get the job done! [Stu G]

STARE THE MONSTER DOWN
This is angry! What is the monster? For Lucifer it was pride, for Daniel it was lions, for my dad it was
cancer, for my daughter it’s being afraid of the dark, for 1 billion people in the world today it’s trying to
live on less than $1 a day! It’s what ever stands in our way and wants to take us down. [Stu G]

ALL GOD’S CHILDREN
We were playing a gig in Mumbai and during the day we visited a project in one of the red light districts
which was looking after 70 kids, giving them food and education. We fell in love with them and asked if
they would come out to the concert and dance with us on stage. The moment came to bring them on
and it was amazing, more amazing was the fact that they had brought some of their mothers. It was the
first time that they were allowed to be mothers and not just labelled for what they do. Whether you’re a
lawyer, rock star, politician, street kid or prostitute, we are ALL God’s children, and we are ALL looking
for salvation. [Martin Smith]

MY SOUL SINGS
The basis of this song came on the first day of writing in 2006 in the warehouse of Furious? Records. The
resulting “demo guitars” are the ones you hear on the recording now…(with Sam Gibson’s help
anyway!) We wanted to try and convey the feeling you get when you realise that you are a part of
something much bigger than yourself…you know like a great sunset or standing by Loch Tay in Scotland
or at the birth of a baby etc… The response doesn’t just come from your head or heart or your vocal
chords, but from your very soul; and that’s it really, we’re pulled towards the gravity of something far
bigger and greater than us…the love at the centre of this incredible Universe. [Stu G]
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