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During the short time-span of Come&Live!’s existence, they’ve acquired an impressive roster of “musicianaries.” I’m trying to keep up with all of Come&Live!’s releases, but I managed to overlook Sons of God’s The Genesis Prologue EP when it released early last year.

The Genesis Prologue is a collection of three tracks, all with simple, one-word titles- Doubt, Manipulate, Caution- yet each song is epic. The songs encompass moody, alternative-esque guitar riffs, blatantly spiritual lyrics, and intense, captivating vocals. But I must admit, I may be a teeny bit biased; my love for Sons of God’s music stems from their stylistic similarities to one of my all-time favorite bands, As Cities Burn.

The Genesis Prologue is melancholy indie rock at its best. I don’t think I’ve ever been so enamored with an EP before, especially one that contains only three songs. And I’m not the only one. Sons of God has created quite the buzz with The Genesis Prologue, as well as a demand for a full length. According to frontman Aaron Newberry, a full-length is on the horizon; in fact, Sons of God will be releasing one this year. It can’t come soon enough.

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Aaron Newberry of Sons of God shares about their upcoming record and other exciting stuff they have in store for 2011…

So tell me a bit about the formation of Sons of God. I read that you went through a lot of members in the beginning?

Yeah, it was like a solo project turned band. I feel like it went through phases. It was like, Okay, I’m gonna do this, and it was me and a friend. And then it didn’t work out. And I was like, Okay, I’m gonna go this direction, and then two more guys would come in, so it would be a three-piece. And so, that happened literally like six or seven times. And I actually moved twice- relocated to try to make it work with specific people. Like, at one point I had moved to Albany, Georgia, and my bassist at the time moved with me, and we were gonna play with our buddies Jason and Jeremy, who used to be in Chasing Victory. And that didn’t work out either. So, I kinda at one point, after probably going through more than ten members and feeling like I was the only one that was highly invested, I gave up. And then the guys just kind of fell in my lap at that point.

Sons of God has teamed up with Come&Live!. How did you connect with them?

Well, me and the past band that I was in showcased for Come&Live!. And I played previously with some Tooth & Nail bands, so I knew Chad. I was promoting a show in my hometown in Oklahoma and one of the dudes in the band- I was just hanging out and talking with him- he mentioned that Chad was leaving Tooth & Nail and I was like, “What?! Wait hold on, what are you talking about?” Because at that point I’d heard nothing about [Come&Live!] and he told me. And I had this demo of “Caution,” so after he told me, I got right online and I sent Chad the demo of “Caution.” And I’m like, “Yo dude, I heard something about you leaving Tooth & Nail and starting something new, and I just wanted to be one of the first to talk to you about it, if at all possible.” He loved the demo and randomly was on tour with The Glorious Unseen and Sleeping Giant. And they were coming through my area and so somebody on that tour got a hold of me, and I went to that show that night. Some crazy stuff happened and Chad and I talked, and that’s kind of when it started.

What are some of your musical influences?

Oh man. Well, I’d say for me, for a long time, it was pretty obviously like Thrice, Muse, Radiohead, stuff like that. And I feel like we’ve taken on a lot like Deftones and then Smashing Pumpkins even, at times. Also, for me, Copeland was a big influence as well.

So as of now, The Genesis Prologue EP is all you have out? Or is there any prior material available?

Yeah, they only thing we had before were demos, but I wouldn’t even call those released songs; I just put them on Myspace, not really thinking about whether people were listening to them or not. So yeah, The Genesis Prologue is all that we’ve got available at this point.

When people hear your music, what do you hope they take away from it?

I hope they take away whatever it is that they are needing. And I know that sounds vague, but I’m not specifically out to nail something down other than… like I really do hope that people can relate with my struggles and kind of my thought process at times. I feel like often, just as a person, I’m kind of misunderstood. And I feel like if I can offer a little bit of hope or a glimpse of I think about this to something contrary to what people may think, I think that’s all I can ask for as a writer that people would take away from what I write.

Back in the fall, you raised money through Kickstarter to fund your upcoming, full-length album. Have you guys recorded the new record yet?

We’ve written and we’ve recorded some, yeah. But I wouldn’t say we’re finished by any means at this point.

Do you have a time frame in mind for the album’s release?

It’ll probably be later into next year.

Does the new record focus on a particular theme or subject matter?

I feel like in the writing process, at least, I felt like I was writing to myself in a sense… kind of a battle of right and wrong and good and evil- what’s in my own mind and my own heart. Writing that to my own self is just like writing to anybody else because I think at times we all need a word of encouragement, or even just somebody to be bold. And so I kind of felt like I went out on a line, and I was saying things that maybe some people are timid about or maybe even afraid to approach, I guess. As far as a theme, I think from song to song it varies.

You guys have been talking about some surprises that you have in store for 2011. Can you share any details?

Well, one thing is putting our money where our mouth is, as far as touring goes. We’ve talked about touring a lot in the past and there were a lot of reasons that kept us from doing that, but this year I don’t see any reason why we’re not going to play in every area that we can. We keep asking our listeners to let us know where they want us to come because we’re listening to them, you know? We definitely want to make sure that they know we’re hearing them out. I’ve literally written down every single city that I have seen on our Facebook and on Indie Vision Music.

And, that we’ve worked really, really hard on the new record, and that there will absolutely be a record coming out this year.

So do you know who you will be touring with, I guess in the January-February time frame?

Well, we’re gonna actually start off the year in April, just because of the writing process and everything. But starting in April, I’m really not sure… I know we’ve talked to Mike Mains & The Branches about doing some stuff together, and we’ve talked to Abel and Showbread. But as far as anyone else, I’m really not sure right now; we’re just gonna take it one step at a time.

For more information on Sons of God, check them out on Myspace, Twitter, or Facebook

Holding Onto Hope – Needs YOUR Help!

Experimental hardcore band Holding Onto Hope is funding their next album through kickstarter. After the albums completion, it will be given away through the non-profit label Come&Live! The band’s kickstarter project expires in 38 hours, and they still need to raise a substantial amount of funds. Please consider helping them out if you have the means! And if you are unable to, I’m sure they would appreciate your prayers!

Kickstarter link:
http://bit.ly/e6EDtL

To check out their music:
http://www.myspace.com/hohband

I recently did an interview with Showbread for CMZ, check it out- http://christianmusiczine.com/2010/11/29/interview-showbread/#more-8222

A year after the release of their debut EP, indie rock outfit Abel brings fans their first full-length album, Lesser Men. According to vocalist Kevin Kneifel, “the album is about how we often lose focus on the things that are truly lasting and important in this life.”

There’s a certain musical freedom about Lesser Men. Instead of letting song structures define the direction of vocals and instruments, Abel allows the vocals and instruments to carry the songs, giving the album a rawness and authenticity that many albums lack.

Lyrically, Lesser Men is pretty straightforward; yet, clever metaphors are found on “Titanic” and “The Martyr.” One of my favorite lines on the album, though simple, is strikingly powerful, “There’s no greater love/There’s no greater call/than when You said, ‘Come, follow me.’” (“The Martyr”).

Lesser Men is one of those rare albums that offers the best of both worlds, great music and uplifting, honest lyrics. This is indie rock at its best.

Andrew Polfer of Lovelite discusses the band’s new album Nearness, it’s sci-fi cover art, & more…

How did Lovelite get started?

My wife and I have always enjoyed making music together. We used to do a coffee shop singer/songwriter style but we found that writing worship songs was so much more fulfilling for us personally.  Several opportunities opened up at the college I was attending (Azusa pacific). Some of our songs were being used in the chapel services.  That encouraged us to keep writing at which point several of our friends joined our band and we formed lovelite.

Where did the name Lovelite come from?

The name comes from Ephesians 5 “for we were one children of darkness and now we are children on light”. So, in other words we used to love-dark now we love-lite. The spelling is “lite” for a stylistic preference.

How did the band get hooked up with Come&Live!?

Well, that’s an interesting story. As we were getting ready to release our CD all color I received an email from Chad Johnson. He still worked as an a&r guy for toothandnail and we thought that he was going to talk to us about joining that label. But instead he offered us to join in a incredible call to a new type of Christian label, one that offers free music and more importantly offers the opprotunity to “live simply and give generously”

What were some of the musical and lyrical influences for your latest release, Nearness?

Musically speaking we really enjoy Doves, Elbow, sleeping at last, and peter Gabriel.
Lyrically we love the poetry in old hymns and that usually challenges us. Almost as a lofty hope of creating new liturgy.

What inspired the title-track, “Nearness?”

Nearness sums up a spiritual season that my wife and I went through. It’s based on the idea that often we feel as if God is far from us.  It may make us feel dry and possibly feel like were living without purpose. But the reality is that God remains close and is willing to re spark the passion if we ask for it. It often takes a journey of spiritual dryness in order to realize where we are most satisfied.

Who came up with the album artwork for Nearness and how does it relate to the album’s overarching theme of drawing nearer to God?

The artwork was created by a great friend named Matt sheean.  We wanted something that was more than digital Photoshop style artwork. So we chose to go with a watercolor feel.  We got together with the artist before he developed it and we came up with the idea together.

As far as the science fiction theme; The final track on the album is called “perihelion”. It refers to when the time of year that the earth is closest to the sun. We thought that was quite poignant in regards to being “near” to God.

We enjoyed the idea of the journey of a space traveler. It seemed to be a great allegory for our own personal journey through spiritual dryness.  There’s  a comic inside the physical copy. Also, how often does a worship band have sci fi art for their music.

What’s the songwriting process like for Lovelite?

My wife and I are both involved in the writing process. I usually start the songs with a melody or a lyrical idea. It’s usually very raw and unrealized. I then talk to to Jen and she helps craft it into a completed and understandable song. Every song is a collaboration between the two of us. Recently we’ve begun to write with the guy who produced our album, Tyler Chester as well as our guitar player, Adam Taylor.

Several months ago, Lovelite posted a video tutorial for “There You Are.” Do you plan on posting tutorials for any other songs in the future?

Haha. Yeah those are a lot of fun for us to do. We plan to do more. You might not be able to tell by the end result but it takes quite a bit of time for me to do those.

Are there any social justice or philanthropic organizations that the band’s really passionate about?

We are passionate about homelessness   We have been involved with the San Diego rescue mission for some of their events and we would love to continue to serve in that way.

I noticed that all of your upcoming shows are in your home state, California. Does Lovelite only do one-off dates? Or do you go on full tours around the country as well?

For most of our musical lives we’ve been mostly in California. We’ve recently started working with a new booking agent named mark mattingly at paradigm booking. We are hoping to play out more with this new relationship

Does Lovelite have any plans (tours, music videos, etc.) for 2011 yet?

Well we hope to participate next year in a lot the festivals as well as pursuing some touring. A music video is possibly in the works with a great filmmaker named Andy Reale.  He works with come&live and he is incredible.  We also are working on more music. We love the writing and recording process

Get Nearness for FREE at comeandlive.com

To learn more about Lovelite visit http://www.myspace.com/lovelite

After the release of their phenomenal debut, Lovelite returns with a new EP, Nearness. Husband and wife, Andrew and Jen Polfer, wrote songs “wanting God to renew [their] passion and drive for ministry.” The result: Nearness EP, an indie/worship album with luscious melodies, appealing instrumentation, and lyrics glorifying the Creator.

A thick 80’s synth lays the foundational soundscape of “Apathy.” The fast-paced indie rocker showcases the couple’s impeccable harmonies. “Brevity” brings the tempo down with serene instruments and more pretty harmonies. Musically, “Ambition” takes a more serious tone, fitting with the prayerful lyrics, “My ambition is to bring joy to You/I’ll do anything if You ask me to.”

The title-track is one of the highlights of the album. Dreamy guitar motifs and Jen’s rich yet angelic-like vocals pair well with the song’s intimate lyrics- “Give me a nearness/I want to feel fire/Your friendship is tireless.”

“Invisible One” and “Finally Free” are vertically-focused worship tunes that could be suitable for corporate worship, as their melodies are easier to sing and follow than the other songs on the album.

Nearness is not your typical worship album; there are no cliche lyrics, predictable melodies, or bland instrumentation. With a lot of bands, I find, I must decide between creative music or solid lyrics. Lovelite is one of the few bands that offers both.

Get Nearness for FREE at comeandlive.com

To learn more about Lovelite visit http://www.myspace.com/lovelite