I know…I really, really know that Christian rock bands catch a lot of flack for their lyrics and holy roller attitudes but in all fairness people love their music. That is to say that everyone loves their music…until they find out that Jesus is their gang leader. First off I would like to say that whatever floats your musical boat is alright. You will eventually find other people willing to float along with you. Even though personally I’m not a huge fan of Christian rock I still think it needs at least some kind of recognition for at least standing their ground. And believe it or not, some of the best rock bands out there started out as these evangelical crusaders of the cross! Take Halestorm for example. Ever see some of their earlier lives? Yeah…let’s just say the power of Christ compelled them!
I was fortunate enough to see Skillet at Welcome to Rockville in 2012! I have been aware of their music for a while and I do like many songs by them. “Monster” is a great song, “Comatose” and “Falling in the Black” are also noteworthy. So far, Skillet has been a wonderful find from my later college days!
Similar to Skillet but with a harder edge, I totally dig this band! This band is so close to mainstream they can taste it and they were in my hometown not too long ago! “Fading” and “Crash” are two very great rock songs! I highly recommend Decyfer Down to you guys!
Yep, couldn’t get away without putting them on this list! When mentioning those bands whom everyone loved until they found out they were Christian rock…I was thinking of Creed. They hit it mainstream big with their singles “One” and “Higher” but hit that proverbial rock in the road when doing a live and Scott Stapp outwardly demonstrated bizarre antics on stage. After a commitment to sobriety the band is touring again and hopefully people move beyond that “Christian rock phobia”!
And enter the “helicopter for God”! The lead singer (at the time I saw them in 2010) Lacey Sturm, would spin around while belting out the song “All Around Me”! Hence the clever nickname we gave her. This band is pretty mainstream nowadays even with a new singer so you have probably heard this band once before as well.
Sixpence None The Richer
Surprised? So am I! If you listened to mainstream radio at all in the in 2000’s than you have totally heard this band! They’re not really “rock” per se but they have seen mainstream radio which is more than I can say for others. They became huge with their single “Kiss Me” and they also did a fabulous version of “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House! I was shocked to know they have strong ties to Christian Rock!
So for all you holy rock bashers out there…grow the fuck up! Music is music bitches! If you want peole to get the music you listen to, then get what everyone else is getting too! The world is far too awesome to close your ears along with your mind!