Abraham

Album: Rise And Fall (2007)
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Songfacts®:

  • The Kin is lead by the Australian brothers Isaac and Thorald Koren. This song is based on the biblical story of Abraham's sons, Isaac and Ishmael, who had very different ideologies. It was a story that resonated with the Koren brothers.

    "This song wrote itself through us," Thorald explained on the Songfacts Podcast. "Isaac came to my place in Astoria, Queens. He had just finished watching this documentary on Abraham's tomb, and I went on to watch it too. It was really just a look into how Isaac and Ishmael, these two brothers born to Abraham, both gave birth to these different religious pods that were both fighting for thousands of years and there they were both honoring the same father.

    As two brothers, and as hippie kids, we were looking at these ancient biblical stories, and we just couldn't believe that two people could fight for this long, but then be honoring the same father. So this song wrote itself through us. It's a call to peace between two brothers."
  • The Koren brothers wrote this song and the rest of the Rise And Fall album in a Pennsylvania barn in 2006. They needed a drummer, and found one in a New York subway station when they came across a performer who played without sticks, whaling away on the drums with his hands. The man was Mark "Shakerleg" Nicosia, and he agreed to join them.
  • The album was produced by Nic Hard in sessions the band remembers fondly - they feel it was their best work. The Kin later landed a deal with Interscope Records and had a modest hit in New Zealand in 2013 with the song "Get On It." That year, they toured with Pink on her The Truth About Love tour.

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