10 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their sophomore album, Chasen further develop their elegantly assertive pop/rock sound. That Was Then, This is Now is a resolutely positive song collection, framing messages of reverence and hope in sweet (but not cloying) melodies and sturdy rhythms. Singer Chasen Callahan favors sincerity over flamboyance, giving his performances an Everyman sort of quality. His group shifts between Edge-like guitar heroics (“Castaway,” “Bullet”), acoustic-centered textures (“On and On”) and glistening keyboard colors (“Leave You Alone”) without losing sonic focus. Drummer Aaron Lord deserves special mention for his muscular classic rock drum work on “Love In Your Name” and “Slow Down.” Lyrically, Chasen does best when they ground their themes of God’s redemptive grace in personal stories, as in the uplifting waltz “Slow Down” and the reflective, family-oriented “There Is Love.” Overall, this praise-filled, hook-laden effort benefits from its well-tailored production, featuring baroque string accents, vocal effects and backwards sounds at key moments.

EDITORS’ NOTES

On their sophomore album, Chasen further develop their elegantly assertive pop/rock sound. That Was Then, This is Now is a resolutely positive song collection, framing messages of reverence and hope in sweet (but not cloying) melodies and sturdy rhythms. Singer Chasen Callahan favors sincerity over flamboyance, giving his performances an Everyman sort of quality. His group shifts between Edge-like guitar heroics (“Castaway,” “Bullet”), acoustic-centered textures (“On and On”) and glistening keyboard colors (“Leave You Alone”) without losing sonic focus. Drummer Aaron Lord deserves special mention for his muscular classic rock drum work on “Love In Your Name” and “Slow Down.” Lyrically, Chasen does best when they ground their themes of God’s redemptive grace in personal stories, as in the uplifting waltz “Slow Down” and the reflective, family-oriented “There Is Love.” Overall, this praise-filled, hook-laden effort benefits from its well-tailored production, featuring baroque string accents, vocal effects and backwards sounds at key moments.

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About Chasen

Chasen Callahan was born and raised in Greenville, SC, where he polished his songwriting skills while serving as a worship pastor. During the summer months, he would assemble a makeshift band and perform at local youth camps. Each lineup would inevitably splinter when September rolled around, however, prompting Callahan to assemble a more permanent lineup with help from guitarist Evan Silver and drummer Aaron Lord. The trio found a national audience with the release of 2008’s Shine Through the Stars, a polished album that sent its leadoff single, “Crazy Beautiful,” to the top of the Christian radio charts. Such success led to a contract with INO Records, the home of Christian artists like Caedmon’s Call and Decyfer Down, and the band returned in 2010 -- this time with the inclusion of bassist Jared Barber -- to release That Was Then This Is Now. ~ Andrew Leahey

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Greenville, SC

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