South Carolina band Needtobreathe, which consists of brothers Bear and Bo Rhinehart along with friend Seth Bolt, has announced the release of their latest album Rivers In The Wasteland. The album was written over the past year amidst sporadic touring, and the recording process was split between Los Angeles’ Sound City Studios, Blackbird Studios in Nashville and the band’s own Plantation Studios in Charleston.
“We had a few goals as a band for the album,” said Bear. “I had them written in my notebook while I was writing songs. They were really basic: Keep it simple, not too many instruments, and have fun with it. And the last one was be ourselves.”
Needtobreathe’s forthcoming album may sound a little more stripped-down than fans have heard recently, and this effort to peel away production was a deliberate one.
“We wanted to blow it all up and start over,” said Bo. “The idea for the record was to get as much of the production elements out of the way and then force ourselves to not rely on extra stuff and studio tricks and technology. We wanted to force limitations and see how far we could take the songs with just us. Probably 90 percent of the record is all live takes. It’s very much an honest record.”
Listen to a new track from the album, “The Heart,” in the player below. Rivers In The Wasteland is set for release on April 15 via Atlantic Records. You can preorder the album here.