What’s interesting is that it’s about what happened during the production (photographing) of the cover. Most covers have meaning stemming from conscious agency or memory: the intent of the artist and the designer, but this cover’s meaning comes from an actual, documented real-time experience.
Jurado: I just had this spiritual awakening. I was going through a real trying time. You always hear stories about, “Oh, he was on drugs and he had a bad trip and then he came to the Lord.” Nothing like that. For me it was just a natural progression. I had been on a search for a long, long time. It wasn’t really until the fall of 2012 that it happened for me. From that point on, it was around October 29th, 2012. I was in Florida, on a beach. In fact, the cover that you see on Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son? That’s that moment.
Cannon: That’s what it was?
Jurado: Yeah. That’s a real photo snapped, taken at the real time, that that moment happened in my life. And that was taken by my girlfriend, Lindsey.
Cannon: So the cover of the record is actually—
Jurado: Actually my changing moment.
Cannon: Wow. Was it really just like you said, like an awakening?
Jurado: It was an awakening, but beyond an awakening. It was like living in an empty house for a long time, and then God just sort of moved in. That’s it.