for KING & COUNTRY Burn the Ships
Written by engage on January 3, 2019
Grammy award-winning for KING & COUNTRY coming to Adelaide
Comprised of Aussie-born and Nashville, Tennessee-raised brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, for KING & COUNTRY known for their soaring melodies, driving rhythms, theatrical instrumentation and personal themes.
Join for KING & COUNTRY for their debut Australia performance in Adelaide at Influencers Church Paradise where they’ll perform music from their 3rd studio album, burn the ships. Experience this energetic, diverse, and inspirational concert featuring the uplifting title track ‘burn the ships’ and the infectious anthem ‘joy.’, as well as previous hits like ‘Fix My Eyes’, ‘Shoulders’, and ‘Priceless’.
Burn the ships, cut the ties
Luke says, “When my wife was pregnant with our second son, Phoenix, she was dealing with a lot of morning sickness. She went to the doctor, and he gave her some medicine to help with the nausea. I was out on the road a decent amount during that time. I noticed her behaviour changed a little bit, but she was pregnant, so that’s not unusual.
One particular day, I was in Austin, Texas getting ready for a show that evening. She called me and said, “I need you to come home. I can’t stop taking these pills.” I asked my other brother, who was in town, to go be with Courtney and make sure she was okay. I got on a plane and came home.
As the night went on, she would start shaking and having these conversations like, “Maybe the doctors want me to just taper off, not stop taking these right away.” She was almost hallucinating. Of all the things I’ve experienced, I think that was the most difficult thing I’ve dealt with, because the next day I had to take her to a mental hospital.
When they called her back, I got up to go back with her, like a normal doctor’s appointment, and they said, “No. You can’t come.” I felt so much grief in that moment. She had outpatient therapy every day. We actually had some amazing memories of that time. She excelled, she was doing great, but she still felt this pull to pills. One day I went home and she said, “Luke, I’ve got to symbolize something, I’ve got to flush these pills down the toilet. I’m done. I’m done with the guilt and the shame. I’ve got to move into a new way. A new life.”
When she was flushing those pills, the analogy of burning the ships came to me: the story of the sailors not wanting to explore the new world, wanting the comforts of their boats. Their leader calls them out and says, “We’ve got to burn the ships. This is a new world.”