The Radiance Effect
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The Radiance Effect

Springfield, Missouri, United States | SELF

Springfield, Missouri, United States | SELF
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"The Radiance Effect – Separate & Change"

It never ceases to amaze me just how much music is out there. Granted, the vast majority of it is mediocre at best… but there are gems waiting to be discovered all around us. And when you stumble across one of those gems, it’s a good day.

The Radiance Effect is one of those gems. Not without it’s issues, this 4-piece rock outfit hailing from Springfield, Missouri is definitely one to keep an eye on. Or should that be an ear on? Whatever your chosen sensory device may be, keep it tuned in their direction… because I expect great things to come from these guys. Playing a tight brand of alt-ish rock, The Radiance Effect are firing on all cylinders. With soaring vocals and lots of stutter-step guitar rhythms, their music is infectious and strikes me as sort of a hybrid of Emery (without the growls), Ivoryline, and This Providence.

The lyrics are well thought out and can actually be somewhat insightful rather than just the typical abstract lines intended to sound deep and meaningful. So many bands say so little that it’s refreshing to find a band that actually speaks to you through their lyrics. The Radiance Effect don’t shy away from dipping into spiritual topics now and then and aren’t afraid to deal with the good and not so good aspects of life. Consider the lyrics to the CD’s opening track, “Bring Me Down”. Sounds like a bit of a downer already, right? Not so fast… “I’m so tired of this repetition / you’re always trying to bring me to my knees / you’re wearing me down, because you don’t want the competition / you don’t want to live what you believe / tear me down, I don’t care / I’ll get back up again / tear me down, I don’t mind / I won’t be there for long / you won’t bring me down / I’m not backing out / we’re gonna take this fight / and go one more round / here’s your choice to make / so please make no mistake / ‘cause it’s all or nothing now / when it’s time to break out / I’ll admit that you had me beaten / but I’m stronger than ever before, and you can’t figure me out / there are pieces of me that you’ve broken / but I’m still as whole as I’ve ever been / I’m gonna fight, even if I never win / I’m gonna fight / I’m gonna fight”. Actually pretty encouraging, huh? Kudos for that.

Standout track was “Prodigal”. The middle track on the CD is a great balance of musical chemistry and inspiration. Equal parts smooth melody and edgy groove, it’s easily the highlight of “Separate & Change”.

The only real downside to this release is that it tends to get a bit repetitive in places. But this is hardly worth bringing up. If you like the music, you certainly aren’t going to mind that some songs are a little similar sounding now are you? Of course not.

While researching this band a bit, I came across a testimony on one of their tour blogs that I really felt showed the heart that these guys have. This particular blog entry dealt with a rough day when their van broke down while they were on tour. What I appreciated most about what I read was the fact that their desire in the situation was to give God the glory. So I figured I’d share it with you. “We were so overwhelmed and amazed at how God took care of us using people we had never even met, and burdening them to meet our needs. We serve a big God. I have never in my life had to have that much faith for anything, and I think that’s what God was trying to teach us. It’s one thing to write and sing songs about our faith, but living those words is MUCH harder. Thanks so much to all of you who prayed for us; we know there were a lot of you, and we wouldn’t have made it through this without your prayers. God truly works in mysterious ways. Whether it’s by telling a used car dealer to send customers to his competitors, or whether it’s something as crazy as giving 6 complete strangers a ridiculous amount of money so they can buy a van. Thanks to Johnny, Rachel and her mom, and to a very sweet family in Georgia for listening to Him. You probably saved our lives.”

Overall: The Radiance Effect’s “Separate & Change” shines in all the right places. This is a CD to enjoy now, or at least after it comes out next month, and a band to watch in the future.
- Indie Vision Music

"Issue 140: Pick of the Litter"

The Radiance Effect
Clean, infectious and almost-too-polished melodic rock. - HM Magazine


(Separate & Change) 2009
(Mad Mess) 2011



Music can affect the way a person’s outlook on life. It can make you think, move, and feel. It can change lives. The Radiance Effect believes making music isn’t just a pastime or a hobby; it’s a way of life. They feel that they are called to create music not just for the masses, but rather songs that can truly make the listener feel something intensely. Citing influences such as Switchfoot, Mute Math, and Dashboard Confessional, they are bent on creating a sound that combines their collective tastes into something utterly unique. Fans have said their sound is akin to everything from Anberlin to The Almost and The Cure. Running the gamut from intense rock to pop ballads, they aim to play music that everyone can relate to, yet no one has heard before. They deal with tough issues in their songs, such as the pain of living in a broken home and the self-centered attitude that seems to pervade America, yet the songs remain hopeful of a better life to come.

Over the last 3 years, The Radiance Effect has become known as one of the hardest working best live bands in the independent music scene. Except for a brief period they spent signed with Kikstart Records, a small record label out of Southwest Missouri, they have remained independent, preferring to remain on the road for the majority of each year. Playing over 300 shows a year (with over 800 total shows as a band), they rarely have downtime when they aren’t out connecting with their friends and fans. To date they have booked over 750 shows and 35 tours by themselves, while playing and/or touring with bands such as Blindside, Hawk Nelson, Casting Crowns, Forever the Sickest Kids, Sanctus Real, As Cities Burn, Jonezetta, Emery, Lovedrug, Audio Adrenaline, Chris Tomlin, Abandon Kansas, Disciple, Spoken, Starlit Platoon, Rookie of the Year, Superchick, Norma Jean, The Color Fred, and Progress in Color, and playing shows for up to 20,000+ people. All that time on the road has helped them achieve over half a million plays on Myspace, and earn multiple product endorsements from reputable companies like Mesa Boogie, Truth Custom Drums, Pedal Train, JHS Pedals, Audix Microphones, Soultone Cymbals, Veritas Guitars, Curt Mangan Strings and Reverend Guitars, while selling over 15,000 records independently. They’ve survived more than 5 member changes in the last 4 years, and have become even stronger because of it.

But all the numbers and accomplishments mean nothing if there isn’t fan support behind a band. That’s where The Radiance Effect tries to do things a little differently. They believe in having friends instead of fans, and have made literally hundreds of lasting friendships over their years of touring. “God has provided for us financially, spiritually, physically, and emotionally through the amazing people we’ve had the privilege of meeting over the years”, says drummer Ben. “Our continued ability to do this for a living and take our ministry on the road…we owe it all to them.” Preferring to show their faith through the love and friendship they share with their fans, they believe that it really is possible to make the world a better place, even if it’s just the slightest difference. In a music industry filled with fluff and fakers, they strive to be completely genuine in all that they do. Society’s perception of reality continues to run further and further away from the truth. In a dark and lonely world that cares nothing about the love it was created for, The Radiance Effect are trying to be a beacon, lighting the way to the one Truth.