Hundreds of Collisions by Mending Point, Releases 10 Years Later.

In 2004, I was traveling the country with just about thirty dollars in my pocket and was steadily eating food out of dumpsters. As a distracted side note, it is really amazing how many states you can see with a thumb, a few bucks and a willingness to experience life. This is especially true if you allow that determination to outweigh your appetite.

I was in a season of attempting to find myself. I really wanted to influence the music scene and the world with a little more hope than I found it. I was in an era full of crazy stories and truthfully I was pretty angry at the time, especially as a result of some deep soul searching and disillusionment with the institutionalized Church.

Overall, I spent something like ten or eleven months on the road out of a year…..straight. I found myself adventurously hitchhiking, getting involved with a diverse amount of projects, organizations, and bands. As another distracted side note, I do not recommend trying to cross the Canadian border with people you have not known for more than a thirty minutes.

Somehow that year, I hitched a ride with the Word of Mouth Records crew to Soulfest 2004. There, through these guys and gals, I met some truly kindred spirits and sojourners of hope with shared convictions. They became family for a short while on this journey. Some of them actually still remain family to me today.

In that crew was Kevin Bruchert. At that time, Kevin Bruchert was playing in a band at the time called Mending Point.

Soul Festival 2004
Soul Festival 2004

If you can remember this era of music with me, you may remember that music was in a phase in which it wanted to be an emotional experience. As a result, the music scene in this era was both dominated and diluted with what we called emo bands. I was not much of an emo fanboy, but it was on this trip to Soulfest 2004 that I really did find great beauty in the music and emotional experience of Mending Point.

Mending Point was a live musical experience with the purest emotion and great lyrical depth.

Like many of their fans that year and their Manager Terry Weaver, we waited patiently for their next project to release, that they had recorded together. It was a time that ordering seroquel online bands were facing the changing tides of the music scene. Subsequently, bands were also beginning to grapple with the changing reality of the aging musical institutions.

The band and their newly planned album found themselves disbanded and shelved. Seemingly, everything ended for them and this project.

It’s been ten years since that fateful collision against the tide, and since that adventurous trip for me. However, Kevin Bruchert and others have worked hard to surprise us and release that shelved album. After a long journey, Hundreds of Collisions has finally seen the light of day and has collided into our stereo systems.

The whole album is rather new to me and I am still spinning it to learn it’s story, and through it, I am reliving memories. I’ve listened to it enough, that I am convinced that I have discovered some of my favorite tracks on Hundreds of Collisions. Those tracks include; Collisions, Celebrate the Failure, Fault Line and Urgency. 

Hundreds of Collisions is produced with the driving sound that I find to be a key ingredient in many projects produced by Kevin Bruchert. I can also taste the work of Nashville Producer Barry Blair all over this release, especially in the sugary sweet condense that you can almost taste.

Hundreds of Collisions is produced with the driving sound that I find to be a key ingredient in many projects produced by Kevin Bruchert. I can also taste the work of Nashville Producer Barry Blair all over this release, especially in the sugary sweet condense that you can almost taste.

Justin’s voice has really developed a new identity on this project. That new identity is especially evident on tracks like Urgency. Actually, it is on Urgency in which we find him stretching his vocal emotions to rival the likes of bands from that era, like Holland and Mae. The track, Building and Burning, deserves a listen at an extremely loud volume. You will find Building and Burning as you will find it has a certain looping riff that carries you on its rhythms, as the vocals seem to have a unique sense of heartfelt brokenness hidden in their padded stretches.

If anything, this heartfelt release of Hundreds of Collisions by Mending Point serves to remind us once again, that at times music should be emotionally experienced and not just enjoyed.

Please give my friends a listen and support their music with this pay-what-you-feel-like album.

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