Are there any different band members on this record, and how did they affect the new sound?
As far as new members, there was really only one guy who has never done anything with us before who got super involved with the recording of ZION. His name is Benjamin Tennikoff, but everyone knows him as "Tenni". Tenni has been apart of the team back home in Sydney for years, and is one of the most loyal/faithful guys you'll ever come across. He plays keys and is super creative with sounds. Mikey Chislett (who produced ZION and several other of the UNITED albums) thought he'd be an awesome addition to this project, so we flew him over to NYC with us. He came up with a lot of the synth sounds and actually wrote the music that was inspiration for the songs "Heartbeats" and "Tapestry".
We also had some of the guys from past projects like Joel Hingston and Matt Tennikoff (Ben Tennikoff's older brother) come in and help record guitar and bass parts for some of the songs.
What do you want listeners to take away from the album?
I think my favourite thing about ZION is that it all points to the one thing, the Kingdom of God established here on earth and in our lives. So I want the listener to engage with the lyrics more than anything. We didn't want to just record another album for the sake of it, so everything had to be next level and have a reason for being on the album.
Just like a movie it's a journey that we want people to experience start to finish, so they can fully immerse themselves in the story and feel what we were feeling when we wrote and recorded this album.
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