DAVID CROWDER*BAND, the Dove Award-winning six-piece, crafts compelling, inimitably progressive electronic rock. Think Radiohead meets Linkin Park. Compare that description with the fact that some even call them a worship band.
The group’s earliest beginnings trace back to the 1990s when CROWDER left his hometown of Texarkana for Waco, Texas, attended Baylor University, and founded the University Baptist Church. CROWDER--who has authored two books, 2005’s Praise Habit: Finding God in Sunsets and Sushi and 2006’s Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven, but Nobody Wants to Die or (The Eschatology of Bluegrass)--remains a Waco fixture, where he’s still involved with the church’s student-saturated congregation.
CROWDER expressed interest in music early on, banging away on the family’s piano as a child. After a while, the noise started sounding melodious, and CROWDER’s mother signed him up for lessons. “I kicked and screamed the whole time but I‘m glad in retrospect,” CROWDER explains. “And I picked up a guitar in college and couldn’t put it down. I’ve always loved music and it just feels like something I’d be doing, whether it paid the bills or not.”
The band may bear Crowder’s name, but all six members of the group are involved in the creative process. “We look at music as a conversation, and so all of us have input and participate in the conversation, and to make room for all six voices, you wind up with lots of layering,” CROWDER says. “For me, I get bored very easily with music. I like music you can come back to and revisit, where each listen, there’s a new discovery. That’s been attractive and exciting for us, to try to create things like the stuff we love, stuff that’s enjoyable on multiple listens.”
The band is rounded out by guitarists JACK PARKER and MARK WALDORP, bassist MIKE DODSON, drummer JEREMY BUSH and electronic violinist MIKE HOGAN.