This Beautiful Republic
|This Beautiful Republic|
|Origin||Toledo, Ohio, United States|
|Labels||ForeFront Records (2006-2010)|
|Past members||Andy Smith
This Beautiful Republic was an American band signed to ForeFront Records (an EMI subsidiary) in November 2006. They are best known for their song "Right Now". The group appeared on the Christian television show The Logan Show on December 9, 2006. The band ended in 2011 after releasing a three song EP of covers which was recorded before their lead singer left in 2009.
This Beautiful Republic started out of Toledo, Ohio in 2004. Olin joined the other members of the group after they lost their lead singer. All of the members in the newly formed group besides the new drummer, Cameron Toews from California, went to high school together at Toledo Christian Schools. When asked about the origin of the band's name, Olin replied "We wanted something that’s catchy, but that’s something that’s really inclusive. It represents the kingdom of heaven on earth. We get a glimpse when we interact with each other as Christians, and push each other. We hope it’s like the kingdom, pre-heaven."
The group was signed to ForeFront Records in November 2006. They released their Casting Off EP on January 7, 2007. Shortly after, on April 3 they released their full-length debut album, Even Heroes Need a Parachute, from which they released their first single "Casting Off".
On July 8, 2007, "Learning to Fall" was officially released on iTunes as a part of the Learning to Fall - EP. In the following week, "No Turning Back" was released as a standalone single. Their second album "Perceptions" was released August 19, 2008. The track "My God" features Aaron Gillespie, of Underoath and The Almost.
In late 2009, the band announced on their myspace page that lead singer Ben Olin and This Beautiful Republic had decided to part ways. Ben now sings worship at CedarCreek Church in Northwest Ohio. This leaves only 3 band members remaining.
In 2010, the band announced they were no longer with Forefront Records and were now independent.
In 2011, a farewell address was posted on the band's website informing fans that the band had decided to stop making music together. As a last act the band released "The Covers" EP featuring cover versions of "Wonderwall" by Oasis, "Crazy" by Gnarls Barkley and the hymn "How Great Thou Art."
To promote their album, the band went on two separate tours. The first tour was as an opening act for Sanctus Real with Needtobreathe, and the second was with Dizmas and Ever Stays Red. They were also on tour once with Spoken, Falling Up, and Family Force 5.
In 2007, This Beautiful Republic performed at several notable festivals including Lifest, Alive Festival, Godstock, Ichthus Festival, Soul Fest, Frizon Festival in Sweden, and Flevo Festival in The Netherlands.
Former lead singer Ben Olin describes the band's sound as "Take Silverchair and put in some Jimmy Eat World and you get sweaty, honest rock that has great melody, driving guitars, and other cool guitar stuff."
- 2007: Casting Off EP (released January 7 on ForeFront)
- 2007: Even Heroes Need a Parachute (released April 3 on ForeFront)
- 2008: Perceptions (released August 19 on ForeFront)
- 2011: Covers EP (released independently on March 9)
The band's first single, "Jesus to the World", got as high as No. 25 on the Christian CHR chart. Their single, "Going Under", reached number No. 5 on the Christian Rock chart. Their next single, "Right Now", was released in May 2007, and it peaked in the Top 11.
- "Jesus to the World" (2006)
- "Going Under" (2007)
- "Right Now" (2007)
- "Black Box" (2007)
- "Learning to Fall" (2008)
- "No Turning Back" (2008)
- "Beautifully Broken" (2008)
- 2006: WOW Next 2007 – "Jesus to the World" (from Even Heroes Need a Parachute) – ForeFront/EMI
- 2007: X Worship 2007 – "Cloud Cover" (from Even Heroes Need a Parachute) – ForeFront/EMI
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- Jacob Sahms (March 2007). "Interview With Ben Olin". hollywoodjesus.com. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
- "This Beautiful Republic Call It Quits". Jesus Freak Hideout. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
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