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JFH Staff Blog | August 2012

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Christian Music Dream Teams!



Left to right: Kevin Max, Dave Ghazarian, Jared Byers, Will McGinniss, Jason Walker

 

Well, the cat's out of the bag! We had been keeping the lid on the recent leaked Audio Adrenaline news at the request of the band, but apparently not everyone around the web got that memo. So with the news out that dc Talk's Kevin Max is taking over lead vocal duties for Audio Adrenaline (who disbanded in 2007 and are reuniting this year... sort of), something interesting comes to mind...

See, only one member of Audio Adrenaline is returning: bass player Will McGinniss. Joining Will is Kevin Max (dc Talk), Jared Byers (Bleach), Dave Ghazarian (Superchick, Church of Rhythm) and Jason Walker (Know Hope Collective).

So with the 'new' AudioA being an amalgam of previous popular bands in the Christian music circle, an interesting question can be posed:

Who is YOUR Christian Music Dream Team??  Dream away in the comment field below, friends!

--John DiBiase

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Featured Fan - Katrina Bishop

for KING & COUNTRY (Luke & Joel) and myself

Favorite Band/Artist: for King & Country
Featured Fan: Katrina Bishop
Location: Bogata, Texas
When Was The Above Drawing Created: Lifest 2012
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: There is such a raw passion in the lyrics of their songs, and they have a creative spark inside the melodies that is original and refreshing. "Busted Heart" is such an inspirational song; I love the chorus "hold on to me, don't let me lose my way." Ever since I was a little girl that's been my prayer at night, that no matter what 'season' I go through that God would 'hold on to me and never let me go'. I also just recently have become addicted to the song "Crave" because of how deep the lyrics are, "I need a drop of grace, to carry me today, a simple song to sing, it's written on my soul, hope's what we crave" I love how it's also more of an acoustic, soft song, letting the lyrics stand out. I listen to their album at least once a day and can't wait for more from these God-gifted brothers!
Favorite Album by This Artist: Crave
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Busted Heart (Hold on to Me)"
Favorite Live Show Experience: Lifest 2012; I was front row with my two best friends who told me I'd love this band (they were right)... and after they finished their meet and greet line I got to talk to them more and they recorded my current ringtone for whenever I have a text that says "G'day this is for KING & COUNTRY but I think you've got a text message, you better check that, go and do it right now, okay" :)
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 1
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: Respect & Honor Bracelet (symbolizes how if the Christian men [and women] would treat each other with respect and honor what an impact that would have on the world).
Website: http://facebook.com/katbishopmusic

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

10 Years Later - Project 86, 'Truthless Heroes'

 

With the release of Wait For the Siren on the horizon, let’s take a look in the rearview at one of Project 86’s best records to date, Truthless Heroes.  The band’s third album found them in a dark place lyrically and offered no sort of hope or encouragement to their listeners.  What it did offer, however, was an impressive expedition of hard rock.  Each track was an all-out assault of “angry” hard rock music and the band never relented. 

The record attacked the media, big business, and entertainment and did its best to expose the grisly truth and hypocrisy behind them.  In doing so, Andrew Schwab “told the story” of a fictional character that was neglected as a child and attempted to pursue greatness through fame, fortune, and lust.  Schwab warned back then that the album didn’t necessarily have a happy ending.

Though lyrically dark, as a whole it was a hard-hitting record.  Not only has Truthless Heroes reigned supreme as my personal favorite P86 album of all time, it is also one of their most accessible to date.  The tracks that really make this such a memorable album have to be “Little Green Men”, “Salem’s Suburbs”, “Team Black”, and “Another Boredom Movement”.  While there isn’t a track that misses, “Another Boredom Movement” is probably the album’s best as it calls out the music and entertainment industry in audacious fashion.

Project’s newest album, Wait For the Siren (releasing August 21st), definitely has shades of their 2002 release.  Much of the angst in the vocals from Heroes is revisited, but lyrically it’s more uplifting.  Not one song from 2002 holds a flame to the hope that’s in Siren’s almost worshipful “Blood Moon”.  While there are definite and direct comparisons between Truthless Heroes and Wait For the Siren they are completely different albums all around.  I like the way our own John DiBiase put it: "It’s a fresh album for P86, but with just enough Heroes, Bridges, and Picket Fence to have the best of both worlds."

It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Truthless Heroes hit the market, and maybe even a little harder to believe that Project 86 has been around for nearly seventeen years.  Schwab is the only remaining original member, but does anything else really matter that much?  Schwab has always surrounded himself with capable musicians and his song writing is always top notch.  One listen to Wait For the Siren will take you back to the Truthless Heroes days of “angry” P86 music.  While the newest effort isn’t dark like its predecessor from ten years prior, it may have just unseeded Truthless Heroes from my top spot.  Do yourself a favor and do some listening to Truthless Heroes before delving into the new material. 

-- Michael Weaver

Thursday, August 09, 2012

Featured Fan - Timmy Miller

TobyMac and Timmy Miller

Favorite Band/Artist: TobyMac
Featured Fan: Timmy Miller
Location: Howell, Michigan
When Was The Above Drawing Created: July 24, 2012 at Camp Electric!
What About This Artist's Music Speaks To You: He is a very talented guy who cares about the future of Christian Music!
Favorite Album by This Artist: Portable Sounds
Favorite Song by This Artist: "Boomin'"
Favorite Live Show Experience: Camp Electric Concert 2012
Number of Times Seen This Artist Live: 3
Favorite Piece Of Merch/Item You Own From This Artist: My signed t-shirt
Website: www.timmymillerdrumcovers.weebly.com

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Friday, August 03, 2012

We Recommend - Sixpence None The Richer, 'Divine Discontent'

As the August 7th release date for Sixpence None The Richer's long-delayed brand new album Lost In Transition is upon us, it's got me thinking over the band's history of music making. A decade ago, in 2002, Sixpence released their last non-seasonal full-length studio album, entitled Divine Discontent. Don't let the bleak title fool you though; there's a pop airyness to this record that makes songs like "Breathe Your Name" (which you may still hear on mainstream radio from time to time), "Tonight" and their cover of "Don't Dream It's Over" fun songs to listen to. But fans of the melancholy artsy-ness of Sixpence None The Richer will soak up songs like "Down and Out of Time," "Still Burning" and one of my all-time favorite songs by any artist, "A Million Parachutes." Let's not forget "Dizzy," a song that likens God's shaping of us to being clay being molded by His hands, spinning on a potter's wheel. Divine Discontent is a beautiful, diverse collection of artful pop that still sounds wonderful ten years later. Check it out before picking up Lost In Transition on August 7th!

- John DiBiase

Sixpence None The Richer
Divine Discontent (2002)

Click here for our review of the album.

Our synopsis: "Artful pop that is often catchy enough for radio fans but thoughtful and reflective enough for fans of indie music. It's one of Sixpence's best." (Recommended by JFH's John DiBiase)
Perfect For: Reflection, loneliness, love, and a little worship
Song Highlights: "A Million Parachutes," "Breathe Your Name," "Dizzy," "Still Burning," "Don't Dream It's Over," "Tonight"

So, what are your thoughts on and experiences with the album Divine Discontent? Do you recommend it? If so, why?

 


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