BANNER waves as a testament to the youth conference that became a movement, a return to the core of Desperation itself. “We felt like it was time to get back to our roots, to create a soundtrack for the beautiful, compelling things God has been doing here,” Egan says.
Written specifically with students in mind, BANNER plants its flag in historical soil. “We want to make sure we’re singing songs that help young people understand they are in a moment of time but that the church has existed for thousands of years,” Egan explains. “We want to place an emphasis on history, returning to the sacred call to worship…It’s so important for them to understand they are part of a deep-rooted history of Christians who have survived. We love doing new songs, but we are very careful that we are not developing new ideas but celebrating the ideas that have always been true.”
Sonically, the undercurrent of BANNER is as deliberately bold as the lyrical content of the record. “Because we’re aiming for the younger generation, and because we’re all evolving musically and inspired by different music,” Egan says. “We want to inspire those who come after us. We want to lead and be pioneers and be bold in that. We’ve got a little more security now, and we have nothing to prove, and in that we have the freedom to take some risks.”