“Are you ready to go back to real life?” Wrapping up nine months of missions work in Australia, this was a common question for Ben Mell, songwriter for Philadelphia-based Constant Recourse. His time in missions emphasized giving and sharing life, discovering truth, and challenging self-centeredness. In a way, that life seemed more real than the often superficial life at home. “I don’t think that’s the right question” he responded. “Instead, I more often wonder: How can I bring this real life to the stagnant life I’m used to?”
Since 2006, Constant Recourse has created and performed dynamic music for churches, universities, conferences and retreats, encouraging people to bring real life to their own lives. With much of American culture devoted to attention-capturing television and unrelenting headlines, our senses can become calloused towards the people around us and matters of true importance. An engaging concert can sharpen and encourage those who feel dulled or weary.
Constant Recourse layers electronic elements and inventively rhythmic drumbeats onto a solid acoustic-pop-rock backdrop, complimented by thoughtful, punchy lyrics and tight harmonies. This five-piece group develops music from earnest, vulnerable faith reflections.
While on the road, they at times lead worship just as they would back home, playing well-known songs by Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder, Hillsong United, and others. All of their songs can be heard in their entirety at www.constantrecourse.com. If you would be interested in having the group play at your venue, please contact Ben at firstname.lastname@example.org or 484-995-7800.
Radio Stations at which CR has had singles Hold On and/or Nightly Amnesia played in 2009/2010:
Canada: CHSB (Bedford/Sackville, Nova Scotia); CJOA (Thunder Bay, Ontario)
USA: WAUF-LP (Auburn/Opelika, AL); KLUH-FM (AR); KJAY (Sacramento, CA); WVOF (Bridgeport, CT); WCSE & WNLN (New London County, CT); WBEL/WGCF (Paducah, KY); WSNL (Flint, MI); KLUH-FM (Poplar Bluff, MO); WGNU (St. Louis, MO); KGNM (St. Joseph, MO); KROZ (Hobbs, NM); WLIX (Long Island, NY); WCSE & WNLN (Long Island, NY); WGWG (Boiling Springs, NC); KAZRadio (Cleveland, OH); WFKJ (Gettysburg, PA); WSWV (Pennington Gap, VA); WWIP (Virginia Beach/Norfolk, VA)WJWD (Madison, WI); WDOV (WV); WEMM (Huntington, WV)
Online: Life Radio; Live 365 (Christian Originals Radio & Oikeo Grassroots); Cross Driven Radio (Washington, DC); Apostle Internet Radio ( Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX); Real Country RCR (Japan); Warriors of the Cross (Natchitoches, LA); Bethel Radio (Dayton, OH); Radio for Life; EJNM.net;
UK: Branch FM 101.8 (Dewsbury, West Yorkshire); World Outreach Radio; Northern Ireland (divineauthority.com)
Peru: Z Station (Lima)
Samoa: KNWJ (Showers of Blessing FM)
CR was selected in the nationwide Band With A Mission Competition and showcased at Nashville’s Rocketown. The band then released its first album, Something Brighter, in July 2006 and played shows locally through the fall to promote it. The following year, Constant Recourse participated in the 2007 Emergenza International Music Competition and finished in 5th place among the 180 participating bands in the Philadelphia area. Immediately following Emergenza, the band played venues in the summer 2007 Extreme Tour, which took them as far West as New Mexico.
Constant Recourse released their second album, REMAIN, in 2009. The band is currently booking and playing many local venues. Recently, one new song, “Nothing to Live For,” was featured on a special edition compilation album called “Philly Rockers For Life” featuring 25 local Philadelphia bands.
To contact Constant Recourse, please e-mail Ben Mell at email@example.com or call (484)-995-7800.
Ben Mell – Vocal, Electric Guitar
Jessica Mell – Vocal
Matt Gore – keyboard
Luke Patterson – Drums
Rob Bell – Bass Guitar
Remain (2009) – full length album
Philly Rockers for Life (2007) – compilation
Something Brighter (2006) – full length album