Sanctus Real has been a staple in the Christian Music scene since their major-label debut Say It Loud in 2002. Along with bands like Thousand Foot Krutch and Skillet, Sanctus Real was one of the bands of my youth, an innovative, energetic group that my parents were happy to have us listening to in place of the local rock station. I still remember blaring the title track from the speakers my older brother rigged up in the back of our parent's old Chrysler Fifth Avenue. We would bomb around the downtown of Lethbridge, AB with the words "Won't be stopping now, ‘cause you know we're rocking!" blaring out the rolled down windows.
Over the past twelve years, the band has maintained a steady output of solid albums. They have shied away slightly from the heavier rock sound of their early days, but the quality of song-writing remains. Sonically, Sanctus Real's progression could be reflective of the changes they have experienced growing up and realizing their shifting priorities.
"Dreams change as you grow older, as you experience more of life… We started having families, and trying to reconcile how do we live this life on the road and have wives and kids at home?"
The theme of changing and evolving dreams emerged several years ago for the band, and it's evident in songs like "Lead Me", a 2010 single sung from the perspective of a man's wife. It hits close enough to home to assume the lyrics are at least somewhat autobiographical:
"Don't leave me hungry for
Chasing dreams, but what about us?"
Starting out, it was a natural dream for Sanctus Real to want to get signed to a major label, but after more than a decade of success, they began questioning what sort of mark they were making, and whether they were spending enough time at home.
The Dream, set for an October 14th release, shows the band answering some of those questions and finding their confidence again. Instead of placing their hope in the dream of big stages, major label record sales and Grammy Award nominations, they're placing their confidence solely in God. "The only thing truly worth pursuing is to make Him the ultimate dream. Everything else has a way of falling into place."
Check out the lyric video for the single "Lay It Down" below: