Rock Your World
By Andy Argyrakis, Senior Music Editor, GospelMusicChannel.com
The titleof Disciple's latest,Southern Hospitality (INO), is particularly fitting, not just because the group's been based in Knoxville, Tenn. throughout its 15 years together, but because the project is riddled with an old-time rock n' roll vibe mixed with a bit of the blues. The players were inspired by several legends from yesteryear, though its raucous, hard rock sounds are still at the core of this dozen-track collection.
"We have been extremely fortunate to make friends with some really talented people over the years so it was a relatively easy process to find our new members," Young adds. "They have really added new excitement to our live show and have taken our professionalism up to the next level."
TFK leads hard rockin' holiday
With the plethora of Christmas collections on the market this season, it can be challenging to sift through the quantity to find a project that truly stands out. But in the case of BEC Recordings' new X Christmas, there's no possible way to get confused with more traditional interpretations of carols and other Yuletide reflections, if only for these alternative rock, punk and rap spins. The project kicks off with Thousand Foot Krutch's feisty rendition of "Jingle Bell Rock" and also features pop/punkers Hawk Nelson embracing "Gloria," alt-rockers Anberlin with their "Baby, Please Come Home," hip-hopper KJ-52 tackling "It's Christmas Time" and FM Static's aggressive spin on "Christmas Shoes." Also be on the lookout for appearances by other acts in the EMI family, including Switchfoot, David Crowder Band and Sanctus Real.
"This is far from traditional!" promises TFK/FM Static frontman Trevor McNevan, adding a "ha" to that statement for extra emphasis. "Naturally a Christmas cover isn't something we'd normally be asked to do, so when the question came, we were like…'allllll right' and just had fun with it. It's definitely a heavier interpretation of a holiday classic and I think X is a brand that automatically welcomes the 'out of the box' characteristics you may find on some of these songs as well as traditional. When you see 'X,' you're seeing 'Edge!'"
Shoegazing with Starflyer 59
Acclaimed indie rockers Starflyer 59 are currently putting some last-minute touches on their ninth full-length studio CD Dial M (Tooth & Nail), though ever-elusive frontman Jason Martin shared a few scarce details about the disc with GospelMusicChannel.com.Beyond continuing the group's shoegazing tradition of dreamy rhythms, ethereal instrumentation and the singer's laidback delivery, also expect a unique pool of classic rock influences coming together for the first time thus far in the band's tenure.
"It's more of an acoustic based record than our previous albums," muses Martin. "[It falls] somewhere between Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd if that makes any sense and [the message is simply:] life can be bad, but God is good."
About the Writer
Andy Argyrakis is a Chicago-based entertainment writer/photographer who appears in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois Entertainer, Daily Journal, Concert Livewire, Hear/Say Magazine and Image Chicago (to name few). His record label writing credits include Warner Brothers, Atlantic, Curb, EMI and Universal, with additional photo credits for Fuse TV, Live Nation, Nikon, Pollstar, Celebrity Access, Paste Magazine, MTV.com and Vibe.com. He's also the author/narrator of "Access Matthews" (an audio CD tracing the career of Dave Matthews Band) and spends considerable time on tour, including outings with Arlo Guthrie, The Guess Who, Madina Lake (on Linkin Park's Projekt Revolution) and Gospel Music Channel's very own "Gospel Dream" (where he served as season one judge).
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