Why did you decide to follow up a straight-up rock debut like Lamps with a stripped-down, acoustic EP like Mending the Meaning?

Luke Caldwell: We knew we wanted to do this EP as Lamps was being finished. When you are recording an album, there are songs that make sense collectively and others that don't. In this case, I really liked a few songs that just didn't make sense on Lamps. Stylistically I wanted to simplify.

Is this Esterlyn's attempt at an all-original worship CD?

Caldwell: I wouldn't say that specifically. I just write what is inside of my heart, but the more I write music, the more I find fulfillment in leading people into God's presence through a song.

What inspired these songs?

Caldwell: Being raised in the church, you hear the same songs a lot. When writing I really have tried to keep it simple while exploring a new way to say "I love you" or "Lord help me." The key is to seek to be genuine and honest in finding who I am and who God is and how we connect.

I read that you guys have been meeting with fans at coffee shops before shows to study Proverbs. How do you balance that with fans that just want a closer look at their favorite band?

Caldwell: I really don't think people are coming to the study to hang out with us as much as they honestly are pumped to get into God's Word. We have already seen the Lord work through this night after night and it has been amazing to see the unity it has brought even within our own band. I am sure this has been a bigger blessing to us than our fans.

You and your wife just had your first child, Elias Luke Caldwell. How has that changed things for you?

Caldwell: It is still a little surreal. It truly has been a joy although I am sad they are not with us [on the road] right now. We are ...

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