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Showbread members and Reese Roper team up again
April 21, 2009, 8:30 pm
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The Thieves Guild is the new project of Josh Dies, Patrick Porter and Mike Jensen of Showbread, and Reese Roper of Brave Saint Saturn and Five Iron Frenzy.

According to an interview with Josh Dies found on the website PunkDisasters.com, the group has recorded some songs and plans to shop them around at different labels or record an album themselves after Roper finishes nursing school.

Roper has contributed his talents to Showbread songs in the past in such songs as “Mathias Replaces Judas” from the album No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Practical, and “The Beginning” from the album Nervosa.

Dies also discussed Showbread’s next album The Fear of God, which they began recording this month. The release date for this album has not yet been released.

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Fit For A King, being disciples that make disciples

I am sure anyone who reads this blog can tell I am crazy excited about this summer’s Cornerstone. Fit For A King, metal/hardcore band from Tyler, Texas, is competing in the festival’s New Band Showcase. If you haven’t listened to this band before, I suggest listening to the song “Towers of Babylon”, which can be found on their MySpace. It’s a heavy track with sick riffs that will quench any metal lover’s thirst.

Fit For a King, photo taken from their MySpace

Fit For a King, photo taken from their MySpace

I got to ask Mason Wilson, vocalist from the band, a couple questions, which are below.

What is different, or what are you guys trying to do differently, to set your band apart from other Christian metal/hardcore bands?

Well, we are just six dudes that love the Lord, and we want to share His message to others. We don’t really do anything to crazy, we just read our Bibles and pray constantly that we will be blessed with opportunities to share the Gospel with others. Our band motto/mission statement is to be disciples that make disciples.

If Fit For a King becomes one of the finalists for the new band showcase at Cornerstone, what do you think this could possibly mean for the band?

It would be the biggest blessing ever first off, but we would just hope to meet new friends and be able to share our testimonies with them, and possibly meet someone who will like our music as well.

Wilson from Fit For a King, photo taken from their MySpace

Wilson from Fit For a King, photo taken from their MySpace

Is there anything new with your band that people should know about at the moment?

We just got a new guitarist, Justin, and he is the coolest dude ever, as well as we are writing a new album that were stoked about.



A bullet for pretty boy

With Cornerstone Festival approaching, A Bullet for Pretty Boy, hardcore band from Longview, Texas, is vying for votes from their fans to become finalists in the New Band Showcase, but winning the competition isn’t what the band’s hearts are set on. Bringing the love of Jesus to people through their music is where their hearts are set.

A Bullet for Pretty Boy, photo taken from their MySpace

A Bullet for Pretty Boy, photo taken from their MySpace

A Bullet for Pretty Boy caught by attention with the passion that can be felt in each song. By combining heavy breakdowns with softer moments of singing of God’s grace, the band packs a heavy punch.

I got to ask Joshua Modisette, keyboard player from the band, a couple of questions, which are below.

What is different, or what are you guys trying to do differently, to set your band apart from other Christian hardcore bands?

I don’t know that we’re trying to do anything different. All we’re trying to do is glorify God with everything we do, and hopefully reach out to people through our music. But if we were to do anything different I guess it’s just to love people more. That’s how God showed people who he was, through love. It’s one of the only ways to get through to people anymore, especially kids.

If A Bullet for Pretty Boy becomes one of the finalists for the new band showcase at Cornerstone, what do you think this could possibly mean for the band?

Well we’ll be going to Cornerstone! Haha. That’s really our main goal in this competition. We would love to play the showcase stage, and be involved in the competition; but going to Cornerstone is fine by itself too.

Is there anything new with the band that people should know about at the moment?

Right now we’re just focusing on writing some new music. We want a few new ones down before we leave for our tour in June, so we’ve been working diligently trying to get those done. We are recording our newest one April 25, so that’s really exciting.



The Quiet Lounge Blog talks about Norma Jean
April 15, 2009, 6:36 pm
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Check out The Quiet Lounge blog. It is a blog about music, faith, life and politics.

Read the article about Norma Jean dropping off their tour.

According to the blog, Norma Jean has stated that they are working on new music drawing from their musical roots. I am interested to see what the band means by this. Could it be that Norma Jean may be working on new music similar to their album Bless the Martyr and Kiss the Child, released in 2002, which was by far my favorite album by the band?



Oh, Sleeper
April 15, 2009, 1:56 am
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Oh, Sleeper came up to Maryland on Saturday from Virginia, where they are recording their next album, to play a show at The Macc. The hardcore/metal band from Texas, attracted a good size audience for the small church venue, and fans were equally excited to hear the band’s new songs as they were for the older ones.

Below are some photos I took at the show.

Oh, Sleeper, which is on Solid State Records, released their latest album When I am God in 2007.



New Songs Released
April 14, 2009, 9:14 pm
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A number of bands have announced that their new albums will be released this spring. Here are three bands that have released songs off their albums on their MySpaces. Check out the songs, comment and let me know what you think.

Emery has released the song “Cutthroat Collapse” off their next album, In Shallow Seas We Sail, which will be released June 2. The song, while exhibiting classic melodic Emery, also features the band’s harder side, which they strayed from on their last EP, While Broken Hearts Prevail.

The Chariot has released the song “Evolve” off their next album, Wars and Rumors of Wars, which will be released May 5. The words “stay calm” are repeated multiple times in the song, which I find ironic with the band’s chaotic style.

MewithoutYou has released the song “Every Thought a Thought of You,” off their next album, It’s all crazy! It’s all false! It’s all a dream! it’s alright, which will be released on May 19. Once again the band brings loyal fans the sound they find so endearing, while smacking them in the face with something so different and fresh. I am excited to hear the rest of this album.




The Reliques
April 8, 2009, 3:06 am
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I first listened to The Reliques, an acoustic folk duo from Austin, Texas, a couple of days ago when I found them listed as one of the bands competing for votes to become a Cornerstone Festival New Band Showcase finalist.

The Reliques

The Reliques, picture take from their MySpace

Their songs are beautiful yet raw with emotions about the joys and struggles of living life for Jesus. Their smooth, soulful voices draw you in, and their lyrics, while reflecting on God’s grace, tug at your heart. Their songs of praise had me singing along just after listening to them once. This is definitely a band to watch because they have the potential and the passion to be big.

I got to ask Sarah Dossey from The Reliques a couple of questions, and her answers are below.

Could you tell me what The Reliques’ mission as a band is?

Our mission as a band is to fully live for Christ. We want to share the word of God through our music in a way that is honest and vulnerable. Christian music doesn’t have to be about a particular sound or a band dynamic. We are all different people, and thus we have different life experiences. As a band, Sarah and I just want to be honest (for the good or the bad.)

The Reliques

The Reliques, picture take from their MySpace

If The Reliques become one of the finalists for the New Band Showcase at Cornerstone, what do you think this could possibly mean for the band?

If we were selected as a band to perform in the showcase, it would be huge. We started playing together in October of last year, and living in Austin, the farthest we’ve “toured” is Dallas!

It would be a big step for us, but so exciting as well. Sarah and I really love an adventure… and road trip games! Otherwise, it would be so fun to just hang out with other Jesus lovers who also happen to love music.

Is there anything new with your group that we should know about at the moment?

We just released our first EP, Peacock Wood. It’s a pretty great album, if I do say so myself. Our friend, Bryan Douglas Phillips, produced it and did an amazing job. Its got this great folk and gospel sound to it, which is a nice look at our music.

If anyone is interested, we’re on CD Baby and some day iTunes!