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Three Things You Need to Pack For Cornerstone
May 4, 2009, 10:56 pm
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I know it’s too early to start packing for this summer’s Cornerstone Festival, but its never too early to get excited. This will be the first of many posts about gearing up for Cornerstone. Many of the topics may be random, but the posts will be things I think are important to know.

Here are three things to pack. Please let me know your tips or things you think are important to take to the festival.

Me, bottom left, and some of my friends at the festival.

Me, bottom left, and some of my friends at the festival.

1) Hand sanitizer.

With a week of porta-potty use, I was very glad I packed a bottle last year.

2) Extra flip flops.

Comfy flip flops are a necessity for the hot Illinois summer, a ton of walking, the shower trailers and long days of standing (two-stepping, circle pitting, windmilling, picking up change or however else you enjoy the music). One of my pairs fell apart last year, and I was glad to have a back-up pair.

3) Money and self-control.

There is a ton of great band merchandise, organizations’ merchandise, handcrafted items such as jewelry and clothing, clothing designers’ items and much more to purchase, but if you don’t have self-control you can end up spending every bit of your money the first day.

It can be overwhelming, so my advice is to think about each purchase carefully and hold off until later in the week when you have seen everything. One problem with this is some things may sell out, so consider this as well when pondering over purchases. Though the money supports great bands, organizations, and individuals expressing their creativity, you also have to eat the rest of the week and get home.

There are 56 more days until the festival!

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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.



Cornerstone New Band Showcase
April 6, 2009, 4:19 am
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A mere 85 days until Cornerstone Festival, and voting for the New Band Showcase is open now until May 25 on the festival’s website. Cornerstone’s new band showcase has introduced many groundbreaking bands in the past.

Sixteen bands or artists will be chosen to play at the festival, and one grand prize winner will play Main Stage.

Go vote for your favorites, or just check out the bands competing for votes. Songs from each band, as well as profiles of each band, are featured on the website. Also, you can submit your band through the website.

Below are some bands I found that are competing¬† that I wouldn’t mind seeing at Cornerstone this summer. Check them out, and tell me what you think.

DearLovely
The Reliques
A Bullet For Pretty Boy
The House and the Human
Fit for a King
The Overseer

Comment and let us know what bands competing you want to see at the festival.



Bands announced for Cornerstone Festival 2009
February 25, 2009, 9:15 pm
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Gwen Stacy, Cornerstone Festival 2008

Gwen Stacy, Cornerstone Festival 2008

Here is a link to the list of the bands and artists confirmed so far for this summer’s Cornerstone Festival. According to the website, there are more bands to be announced. Get excited! It looks to be an amazing line-up once again.

Cornerstone Festival 2009

I found the above photograph on the Cornerstone Festival website. I was at this Gwen Stacy show at last year’s festival, and you can see a couple of my friends in the picture.

Here are some of the bands I am excited to see at this year’s festival:

Advent

This band puts on a high energy performance every time I see them. Passion for music and their faith rips through each song exciting the crowd. Also, they plan to release their new album at the festival.

Bradley Hathaway

Last year’s festival was the first time I listened to his actual music. I had heard his poetry before, and wasn’t particularly planning on going to see his show. I happened upon his show by mistake, and fell in love with the raw emotion pouring out of each song. Also, the banjos were a nice change from the week of hardcore breakdowns and circle pits. I mean don’t get me wrong, I live for a good breakdown.

The Devil Wears Prada

I was disappointed that this band didn’t play last year, but I did get to see them a couple months ago at Rams Head Live in Baltimore. This metalcore band is exciting live, and I can’t wait to see them under the big tent. Also,they have a new album coming out, and I can’t wait to hear how they are going to top Plagues, their latest album.

For Today

I got to see them last year at the festival, and I have to say these guys are just as good speaking about their faith as they are playing metal riffs. The way they take a stand about their beliefs, they truly are the epitome of a Christian hardcore band. Also, they have a new album coming out.

Gwen Stacy

I think I saw them play about three times last year at the festival. This is a band that lights the crowd on fire. Everyone is moving, whether in the pit or trying to flee from the pit, people are moving.

War of Ages

I have seen this hardcore/metal band numerous of times, and each time they deliver a solid performance that gets the crowd pumped.

Underoath

I was also disappointed that this band didn’t play last year. I got to see them at Rams Head Live with The Devil Wears Prada, and it was probably one of the best live performances I’ve seen.

Mewithoutyou

This has been one of my favorite bands for a while. Last year at Cornerstone was the first time I got see them, and it was well worth the wait. Unique in their own style, Mewithoutyou had people dancing and singing along to their indie folk rock, sometimes hippie-like, songs. You can easily connect with each song because the musicians in this band are so passionate and truly appear to be loving what they are doing.

Showbread

This is a band who always takes you on a wild, energetic ride with what they call “raw rock.” Last year while they performed, televisions were set up on the stage playing videos that went along with their music. It helped depict the message they were trying to convey with their music, and I am excited to see what they might do this year.

Emery

While this band has not been one of my favorites over the years, I have really enjoyed their latest EP While Broken Hearts Prevail, and I look forward to seeing them for the first time.



Advent
February 11, 2009, 9:29 pm
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I got to speak with Advent bass player Johnny Smrdel last night after the band’s high-energy set at the Macc in Crofton, Md.

The hardcore band from Kernersville, N.C., plans to go into the studio on April 20 to record their next album. Advent hopes to release their new album the first week of July, just in time for Cornerstone Festival 2009 said Smrdel. They plan to play at the festival.

“We want people to get hope and joy out of our music. We love for people to feel what we feel, something real. We want people to see us as something more than just another hardcore band,” said Smrdel. Advent’s members are passionate about their faith, and they try to convey that passion through their music.

Here are a couple of pictures I took of Advent.


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