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The House and The Human
April 21, 2009, 9:25 pm
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Sixty-nine more days until Cornerstone Festival, and the race for the New Band Showcase is heating up.

The House and The Human, photo taken from his MySpace

The House and The Human, photo taken from his MySpace

The House and The Human, which consists of acoustic/folk musician David Jahns from Roselle, Ill., is hoping to earn enough votes to become a finalist.

Jahns’ songs are simplistic in the way that it’s just him and his guitar, but there is something very beautiful and endearing about his music and lyrics that tell stories of life and love.

I got to ask Jahns, from The House and The Human, a couple of questions, which are below.

What is different, or what are you trying to do differently, that sets you apart from other musicians?

Well, first off I don’t write my songs for the purpose of just being another catchy song. I write them because they mean something to me or they have a message that I would like to get across to my listeners. Second, I think my voice sets me apart from other bands and artists because I can’t really sing that well, and it’s not the typical high pitched, poppy, pretty voice like you hear from most artists.

What could being a New Band Showcase finalist at Cornerstone Festival possibly mean for you and your music?

It would just mean a lot of great exposure. If someone in the crowd could hear my songs and relate or be touched by them, that’s all I could really ask for.

Is there anything new with The House and The Human that people should know about?

I will be releasing a 6-song EP titled It began with a chorus… this summer. It will be available through iTunes and Amazon.



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 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!




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.