Sinai Vessel began as a one-man project for singer/guitarist Caleb Cordes before ultimately becoming the fully-realized, collaborative group that produced their much-anticipated 2017 full length debut, Brokenlegged.
The band’s early years culminated in Sinai Vessel’s 2013 EP, Profanity — a mini-album that explored existential doubt, spiritual questioning, and hard-nosed questions about code and community. But Sinai Vessel proper actually formed in the aftermath of Profanity — only after the album saw the light of day did the project turn into a more active, concrete ensemble, filled out by drummer Joshua Herron and bassist Daniel Hernandez, both high school classmates of Cordes’ and — perhaps essentially — fellow natives of the southeastern American spaces and communities that so define Sinai Vessel. The band began to tour, leaning on and building from that sense of kinship and shared experience, and eventually informing the more collaborative and multifaceted Brokenlegged, an album that remarkably balances Cordes’ continued gift for first-person storytelling with a more markedly communal energy. Recorded in its entirety twice, the band’s debut LP is an expression of uncompromised vision and zoomed-in determination — an apt match for the subtle, humanistic ideas explored on the album itself. What do you do when nothing is the same yet everyone refuses to admit things have changed? These are the questions begged by Brokenlegged. - Chad Jewett