Posted June 12, 2014 by Michael Ernest in Culture

Album review: About A Mile

Sometimes the most accomplished artistry is birthed out of the most trying adversity. When that raw talent is coupled with the chemistry that comes from the bond of brotherhood, you’ve got something special.

Newcomers About A Mile, have all of that and more. The trio of  20-something brothers (Adam, Luke and Levi Klutinoty) hail from the working class town of Butler, Pennsylvania (just outside of Pittsburgh), and can remember embracing their musical instincts as early as they did a devout Christian faith.

“We always loved playing music together for as long as we can remember, from banging on pots and pans at 6 and 7, to hearing our dad write songs when we were kids, to writing songs and having jam sessions with our friends as we got older,” said front man Adam Klutinoty.

“My dad always told us, ‘I don’t care what you do, just honor the Lord and don’t work in the steel mill.’ That was ingrained in our minds at such a young age that we started About A Mile right out of high school, took the first tour that was available, literally slept in the dirt and on the concrete because we couldn’t afford hotel rooms and played to whoever would feed us.”

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About a Mile consists of brothers Adam, Luke and Levi Klutinoty

Though that initial west coast journey introduced the guys to the rigors of the road, it also earned them an opening slot for Grammy Award nominees DecembeRadio, who besides befriending the upstarts, suggested they get connected with veteran Ian Eskelin (long time All Star United leader turned superstar producer/songwriter).

So with that suggestion, the brothers sent the multiple Dove Award winner a message and hoped they’d at least get a response, but wound up with so much more than they could’ve ever imagined — a record deal.

Now, the brothers swoop onto the scene with their self-titled debut, “About a Mile.” The group brings  well-crafted original songs with catchy hooks, God’s promises and truth to the table.

The album opens with “Satisfied” the lead single of the project. “Satisfied” dwells on a very relevant issue in Christian living, and that is why a lot of people will relate to it. The tune comes from a private place for the band’s lead singer Adam. Adam said that the song came to him while he was fasting.

“It actually came after I hadn’t eaten in seven days. I was fasting from food and just drinking water during my illness, slowly realizing that as long as we have Jesus, we will always be satisfied,” he said.

“It also was inspired by moments growing up, like when my dad lost his job but never once wavered from his belief that God would provide for our family. Instead of saying, “woe is me” during those situations, I’ve realized God is my fortune, and no matter what I go through, I always have enough.”

Speaking of vulnerable and intimate songs, “Reason For Breathing” is yet another being that it was birthed out of Adam’s seasons of depression. “Power of The Cross” reiterates the message of how beautiful Christs’ love is, and his selfless act on the cross thus making the cross powerful. They sing “who could ever take away the power of the cross.” I love the flow of the song and the energy.

The beautifully executed “Who You Say You Are” is a standout. The song builds up exceptionally up to the moment where all the instrumentation are tooting as the lead vocalist soars proclaiming his beliefs and trust for the promises of God.

“In With The Out Crowd” has that dark, edgy sound, but that’s okay. The song will appeal to lovers of hard rock. They will also appreciate the fast-paced pump-up song “Solider On.”

“Oxygen” is poppy, catchy, and desperate. The band in a youthful manner declare their dependency of God; their need for oxygen under water. They more or less refer to God as our oxygen. Loved the metaphoric illustration.

“Right Now” is zesty, and honest at the same time. “I used to spend so much of my life worrying about all the turmoil in the world, and on a much smaller scale, all of my personal circumstances, said Adam of the song. “But I realized that Jesus is on the throne, He has a plan for all of us and there’s nothing in this world that God isn’t in control over. I used to be so stressed to the point I wasn’t even sleeping, but then I look to His disciples, who may have been locked in prison, but were still at peace enough to get some sleep and sing some songs. So I stopped worrying so much and realized all of the negativity life can throw our way is all just a temporary test for us to get through.”

The band reassures listeners that God won’t stop loving us in the aptly titled “He Won’t Stop Loving You.”

“SOS (Hope won’t Let Go)” is a cry for help; it is a longing for rescue; it is a song about clinging on to Hope. Hope here is personified as God.About-A-Mile

“I Hate Hate” is so early 2000s college rock. I felt like I was listening to a Blink 182 song. The message, however, is the most important aspect of the song. The tune which was written on the night of the Boston bombing poses the rhetorical question “What is it gonna take to love one another?”

“Trembling” is the icing on the musical cake. This is a worship-meet-love song, and one of the mellowest songs on the album, a semi-ballad. It is ironic that a song so impeccable was written in about two minutes. It’s a song of sweet surrender with a really emotional, worshipful vibe. My first take on the song was that it was contradictory, as the singer in the song stated that he trembles at the thought of God, and in the same breath declares that the enemy trembles at the thought of God. I thought I’m not God’s enemy! Truth be told God’s people tremble at the thought of God, and so does the enemy.

About A Mile is one band that will actually take a lot of people by surprise. I just didn’t see them coming especially with such a “gourmet” soul-storing uplifting album. The band has taken time, written good songs, and given their best vocal and musical performances. About A Mile has delivered what I would describe as a really solid album that will take away all reservations regarding their musical chops.