Fusebox began as the touring band for Rebecca St. James, but they are now established in their own right. Singer/guitarist Bill Buchanan may be noticed initially for his dreadlocks, but once the music starts, the focus is sure to switch to his smooth sound. His voice has been compared to Lenny Kravitz, Doug Pinnick and Michael Tait, not a bad way to be described. Buchanan is joined by Brad Duncan on guitars. Original bassist Steve Conrad left the band afterLost in Worship was recorded and has been replaced by Tyler Howell. Drummer Guy Roberts rounds out the Fusebox lineup.
The Fusebox sound is similar to SONICFLOOd. As with all modern worship bands, Fusebox struggles with the challenge of writing original lyrics. There are a limited number of ways to say "I want to worship" or "I love you, Lord," so the music is more likely to stand out than the creativity of the lyrics. My favorites include the title cut, written by Buchanan and producer Otto Price (Acquire The Fire), and the Rebecca St. James/Matt Bronleewe collaboration, Vision:
I look for You in the wind / I look for You when the earth is shaking / You speak to me in the whisper / You let me see beyond my world / Open my eyes, give me vision to see You
This is a band that would appear to have staying power, and I expect future quality projects from Buchanan and company. Lost in Worship will appeal to anyone who enjoys modern worship. Although a few songs rock pretty hard in places, the overall feel is peaceful, contemporary worship.
Visit: Fusebox and Elevate Records.