Needtobreathe are undoubtedly celebrating today as their new album Hard Love becomes the second-highest-selling album in the country. The Christian rock act's sixth studio effort sold 46,000 copies and lands them at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, behind Drake's massive Views album, marking their highest-charting LP to date. The band's Bear and Bo Rinehart stopped by Fuse HQ to detail the unusual process for how the ambitious record came together. Bear explains Hard Love's beginnings:
"We got into a mountain house—just us—for 10 or 12 days to sort of have vision quest [laughs]. Like, 'Let's see what we can do and let's see how far we can take this.' I think that really started the record process for us. It got weirder in different ways, because for the first time in a long time, we were like a garage band again; just kids playing music."
The Gospel Music Award–winning act sees motivation as a key element of their albums. "We're trying to inspire people with records," Bear says. "We're not trying to tell them how to think, but hopefully they can take something from it and work it in their own way."
Watch the full interview above, which includes further details about the South Carolina band's rising single "Happiness" and more album notes.
Then see how far Needtobreathe has come in this 2012 interview from the Fuse vault: