Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Oh, Sleeper = Oh, sh.....

These guys own!

Newest band on Solid State Records, Oh, Sleeper is awesome! if you like underOATH, Haste the Day, As I Lay Dying, Chasing Victory, Means, Life In Your Way or Petra, you'll love these guys.

Just check them out, and i'll send you the album via sendspace if you want it, which you should!

on MySpace or Purevolume or Official Website

When I Am God - Oh, Sleeper

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Kick Your Face In

okay, so if you want you face kicked in by some epic christian metalcore/hardcore, join Tahoe and me at the Gothic Theater next friday, the 19th for As I Lay Dying followed by Haste the Day.

Truth will be spoken (or screamed)

Haste the Day (headliner)

As I Lay Dying

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

the Glorious Unseen album review

My homies Alan and Kandy Rae Baertschi recommended that i check out this new band called the Glorious Unseen, and well, what a find!

This great new worship band has basically come out of nowhere. This album of theirs, Tonite The Star Speak, is amazing, its raw, its emotional, and its a breath of fresh air to the current worship albums out there right now.

Not to take anything away from Crowder, Tomlin, Bebo, Third Day, Jars of Clay and others, but its kinda nice to hear something that isn't perfectly recorded, with perfect vocals, and perfect lyrics. TGU is soo raw in their writing style, it makes me think that i could have written it myself because of the simplicity.

There are a couple of signs that people will be begin to see that makes TGU different from other worship bands. First, they're signed to Tooth & Nail Records. This is a punk/hardcore label who became known with the signing of MxPx and Slickshoes back in the day. Currently they're home to some big bands like underOATH, Life in Your Way and other hardcore acts.

Secondly, the bands that are out supporting TGU are the same hardcore bands. with recommendations from mewithoutyou, the Chariot, As Cities Burn and others, you'd think this was a heavy album, but it is most certainly not

The feel of this album is slow, mellow, honest, artsy, and serious. some of the stand out songs are Tonite the Stars Speak, Forever Holy, and Close To My Heart. with great lyrics like "this is what makes my head spin - You're forever Holy." i just feel like the honesty is so poetic.

If you're looking for something a little different but not edgy or experimental, check these guys out, you'll be singing along in no time.

Matt Wertz/Dave Barnes Review

Oh man

This was an epic show. On Saturday Kassie and I went up to Boulders Fox Theater to catch the Two Birds One Stone Tour featuring Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes. I've been telling people about these guys and this show for awhile, and man, you guys really missed out!

First of all, the Gabe Dixon Band was the opener. I've known about these guys for about a year now, ever since their song All Will Be Well was featured on the NBC show Conviction. Its piano rock, like Ben Folds Five but better. They're a three-piece, piano, drums and bass and they were amazing. Gabe had so much energy he could barely stay seated on his piano bench. their music was awesome, great head-bobbing beats, and Gabe's voice was amazing. The best thing about their set was that they knew that people probably didn't know who they were so he only played 5 songs before the headliners.

seriously, i'm telling you now that the Gabe Dixon Band is worth checking out, and they will make it pretty big before they're done.

Now for the best part of the night. I was hoping that the guys would do this so it was great to see, Matt Wertz and Dave Barnes played together, singing each other's songs and hitting all of the hits. Even better, the Gabe Dixon Band was the band for Wertz and Barnes, so it was like an all-star event, like Jay-Z and Kanye, like Crowder, Shane&Shane, Robbie Seay all together.

it was epic
I don't even know where to start, you could tell that Wertz was the confident one up there, he's been on a few national tours. This was Dave's first time to Boulder and he was a little nervous but his songs are undeniable. They played together for about 40 minutes before Dave left the stage to let Matt do some of his softer songs like Counting to 100. After that, Dave came back and played some of his slower songs like Crazyboutya.

The Fox was packed and the atmosphere was amazing, everyone was singing along and the energy was great. before we knew it, the guys had been playing for 2 hours, and no end in sight. About halfway through the set, Matt and Dave gave a speech about the Mocha Club benefit ting Africa. this was a little awkward, it took them about 20 minutes to say what could have been said in 10. but out of the speech they gave the stage to Gabe Dixon to sing his hit, All Will Be Well solo. it was really good, great song, you need to check it out.

The guys came back and played what seemed like every song off their albums, Carolina, Someday Sarah, Until You, Grace's Amazing Hands, Can't Grow Tired of Your Love, Change the World (unreleased), Heartbreaker, 5:19, The Way I Feel, Marianne, Somedays and a ton more
Unfortunately Kassie and I are old people now and we had to leave before the encore so we don't know how that went, or what songs they did.

We had a great time, and if you get a chance to catch this tour when it comes to your time, i doubt they will tour like this again, so go see it.