What does punk rock and a tube of toothpaste moshing in the pit have in common? Nothing…unless of course you are talking about Christian punk band Absolved. Yeah, you heard right, a tube of toothpaste. To find out more about the hi-jinks of Absolved, read on. In case you have not heard of these guys, you should really check them out. They recently signed to Thumper Punk Records however, they have a great EP out called “This One Goes To Seven.” The really unique thing about these guys is that each of the album covers is hand drawn by the band. What’s refreshing is to have a punk band that is not afraid to take chances and redefine punk rock. So check these guys out, read below, and if you are ever at a show where they are playing, beware of the tooth!
Music Style: Good Ole’ Punk Rock
Home Town: The 805 Baby!
Jimmy Sisco – lead vocals, guitars
Byron Brumit – bass
Q: Looks like there is quite a history with Absolved, two of the members go back quite a ways and quite a few bands, give us a quick overview of how the band got started, when did you officially decide that Absolved was for real?
JIMMY: In 1999 or 2000, I was in a college class called “History of Christianity” in which Byron, our bassist, was also a student. For odd reasons I was wearing a straightedge t-shirt and Byron came up to me out
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So it seems like Chicago is a hot bed for hardcore right now. There are truly some great bands coming out of Chi-town, Psyche, Flatfoot 56, Sexually Frustrated, Man Made Hell, Beggars, and a band that in my opinion is another one to keep an eye on. Break The Curse. These dudes are putting out some fun “Chicago-Style Hardcore” and are solid Christian dudes with a great sound and a great message in their songs. If you are looking for a band that puts Christ first and pumps out some good hardcore, then this is your band. So read on and learn about our friends in Break The Curse, AND, at the bottom, there is a link to download their album for FREE for all the HXCChristian.com readers
Band: Break The Curse
Music Style: Hardcore
Home Town: Chicago
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Interview by John Jackson
Q: So, tell me the history of Break the Curse? I’ve learned from Alex that you met in Rockford of all places and now are in the Bolingbrook area. Ironically, both are close to my heart as I grew up in Rockford and lived near Bolingbrook for about 10 years. Were any of you in other bands? Any side projects currently?
A: A long, long time ago, in the Gold Coast Blended island of Bolingbrook (IL) sat four men doin an interview. Jah boi’z don’t play.
Jacob – History is HIS story on Break the Curse. (as Jacob puts some jams on)
Alex – SO Break The Curse all started
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Seems like Cornerstone 2011 was quick this year. HXCChristian.com had a tent this year located next to the Legacy Stage. Micah who runs the Legacy Stage reached out to us and asked if we could team up. Of course we said yes. So we were right in the middle of all the action. This year we had our great DIY Gatorade, gave our free stickers, and other freebies. We also did our annual spaghetti dinner on Thursday night. We cooked 36 pounds of spaghetti and made 7 gallons of sauce for our event. Every year, we are happy to serve hungry mouths at Cornerstone. We do what we do because 1. The Lord tells us to serve our fellow Christians, and 2. We love the Christian hardcore scene, its people, and the bands. What a better way to express our thanks and support than by feeding as many folks as we can. And a special thanks to everyone who felt moved to give a donation, no matter how small or large, this helps keep us going, so thank you!
There were so many great bands playing this year, in particular, Blood & Ink records did a B&I family and friends day at the Solace Stage (which spanned two different days). What was cool about this show is that it included such great B&I bands as Venia, Jawbone, Friends, Dependency, Thin Ice, Ironwill, Thirtyseven, Divide The Sea, and Debtor, but also bands including Cool Cough (side project of the guys
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Here is a great band to check out. With all the classic style of Social D mixed with a classic punk sound. The Way from California delivers in a big way. These guys have been pumping some solid punk rock for the past two years. They were recently picked up by our friends at Thumper Punk Records (who recently released “Hymns of Punk Rock Praise” by False Idle). So look for big things from The Way. We hope to see them at Cornerstone 2011. Be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for their first full length release on Thumper Punk.
Band: The Way
Music Style: Punk
Location: Oxnard & Santa Paula, CA
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Q: Where and when did The Way get there start?
A: The WAY started around January of ’09. Tank, Harry, and Ryan were in a band called “R.I.P. The old Me” and had just lost their singer. That’s when I joined the group. A couple of weeks later Manny came to a practice to try out on lead guitar and we never looked back!
Q: What is the significance of the name The Way?
A: I guess you could say that the Bible verse that drives this band most is John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.” That verse is so powerful in its claim of absolute truth. It also fits with anything in life. It is the solution to any problem we face, any
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It was bound to happen sooner or later, someone taking all the classic hymnals we know and love and turning them into classic punk rock anthems. Well, I would like to introduce you to False Idle. Some of you may know the brain child behind the project. Our pal Sef, formerly of the band uniSEF, Christian punk rock staple of Idaho. Sef’s new project False Idle is releasing an album jam packed with punk rock hymnals on newly formed record label Thumper Punk Records. I was able to catch up with Sef and David of Thumper Punk to learn more about False Idle, the upcoming release “Hymns of Punk Rock Praise,” and Thumper Punk Records. The new album will be available the last week of August. Go, get it, and praise God! Also, scoot over the the HXCChristian.com radio station, we are playing 3 songs from the upcoming album in the rotation!
Band: False Idle
Music Style: Hymnals in a Punk Rock Style
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Q: Can you give us an introduction to Thumper Punk Records? The label is fairly new to the scene, but from what we understand at HXCChristian.com you have some things in the works. Why did you start Thumper Punk Records? What can we expect from the label in the future?
A: (David) Thumper Punk Records was formed to help artists record, produce and distribute music that reflects a positive, Christ-centered message. I started writing a music blog (www.thumperpunk.com) several years ago to share information about
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Ska is NOT dead. It is barely alive, but it is certainly not dead. There is a tiny ember burning in the Christian ska world, and there are still bands out there doing what needs to be done to keep the genre going. I really miss going to ska shows and dancing till my legs felt like they were going to fall off. I remember back in the early to mid 90′s when the third generation of ska was in full swing. Bands like The Toasters, The Pietasters, The Pilfers, Spring Heeled Jack, The Bosstones, Public Service, Ruder Than You were all blowing up in the scene.
When I was at Cornerstone there was ONE ska band (at least that I knew of). Send Out Scuds represented Christ and ska at the same time. Although the entire band didn’t make it, they still managed to put on several awesome shows, which I danced till my legs hurt, and got up on stage and filled in with all the “ska stuff” (you know, the “pick it up, pick it up, pick it ups and Chugachick chicks…all you old ska head will know what I mean). SO read on, Kim, Sam, and Dustin (who was filling in on drums) answered some questions about the band. Pass it along!
BAND: Send Out Scuds
Music Style: Ska
Home Town: Southern Florida
Q: How and when did Send Out Scuds get its start? Where did the name come from?
A: (Sam) Send Out Scuds was started in 2004
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