Independent Music Collective, Tentmakers, make music that can best be described as “Alternative Christian”. The group, from the US, released their most recent single, ‘Science Faith Emptiness’, on November 16.
With a vocal that sounds like Bono from U2, ‘Science Faith Emptiness’ examines the feelings of uncertainty when it comes to religion; addressing the question as to why there is a need to fill a hole in our lives with something greater than ourselves. With the track the group aims to provide listeners with the understanding that having questions about science, faith, and the feeling of being lost are quite normal, and that God won’t love and accept you any less.
Towards the end of the track they group breaks into a choral rendition of Beethoven’s ‘Ode To Joy’, symbolising the peace experienced when you realise you’re accepted just as you are. Without doubt the music of Tentmakers is rooted in spirituality, and this is reflected in their sound, which is haunting and anthemic.
Lead singer, Jeremy Dorrough, grew up having lived on every continent of the world – apart from Antarctica – but finally ended up in Northwest, Washington DC. His cultural experiences are put to good use in his songwriting, adding depth and striking themes to his music.
Although they only launched a few months ago, Tentmakers have managed to garner over 180,000 streams of their music, across Facebook, Spotify, and YouTube. ‘No Height’, their most popular track, has so far clocked over 30,000 streams on Spotify alone, an incredible feat for such a new group.
Tentmakers are more than just singers, and also provide assistance all around the world, with their dreams which go above and beyond music – their aim is for positive change and environmental healing worldwide. They take their fans on volunteer project trips, and have provided assistance to victims of human trafficking, the poor, and those suffering from preventable diseases in places such as Cambodia, Thailand, Nepal, and India.