Convictions tagline is “Aggressive Worship” and I could think of no better fitting description of their music. I hadn’t listened to this group much when my band got on a show with them and it was that point that led me to what I feel is one of the best bands out there today. I felt it was fitting to put Convictions in the spotlight as the 3 year anniversary of my favorite album “I Will Become” just passed.
In place of just giving details which you can find on their facebook page I wanted to tell a story as to why I think as many people as possible should support these guys by listening to their music, buying merch, and going to their shows. Why I believe that these guys are the real deal and aren’t just another band who says one thing but does another. In February of 2018 Convictions was on tour with War of Ages and Earth Groans (two other awesome bands). The energy they were putting off was unlike any other show I had been to. While it was a small venue the guys of Convictions played like they were in a full stadium.
Part way into their set, between songs, Mike started to talk about how none of us are alone and everyone is loved. He said none of us are cooler than anyone else in the room and we should all be there for others. Now I am just paraphrasing and I know I’m not capturing it all but what happened next I will never forget. A couple of the guys who were attending the show broke down in tears. They had recently lost a friend and what Mike was saying touched them. As they wept the rest of us in the pit gathered around and even the guys in Convictions came off stage to embrace these two and show support. I have never seen another band care about those fans who attend their show as much as the guys in this group and I don’t believe that this was a one off event for them.
These guys are out on the road loving on people and showing what its like to not just proclaim to be a christian but what its like to actually be a christian. Not judging, loving everyone, and being there for others. At the end of June they set off on another tour with the dudes in Earth Groans and it is sure to be a banger. Check their social media pages for dates and cities. Head over to their merch page and support them because they are out there making a difference!
In just a few short hours Deep Valleys will drop the first single off their new album “Goldhaven”. I got early access to the track “Closer to You” and I definitely think the wait has been worth it. It’s different from what they guys have put out in the past with “The Call of the Void” but the new sound is welcomed and done very well. The song starts out with a catchy synth hook and made me wonder who I was listening to but as soon as Brian Naus came in on vocals it gave it the classic and distinct Deep Valleys feel. The song brings a pop punk style and has the dynamics that I love in songs.
When asked about the meaning behind this new track, guitarist John DeJac says “The song is about about the experience of going through the motions of life, feeling small, unheard, undervalued and unable to make a difference. Feeling frankly like “What do you want from me, God?” As the song progresses into the chorus the eyes are turned back to God and resolving at the truth that simply drawing closer to God getting to know Him and His truth makes all the difference. Be close to Him is what really matters to get your life back on track.”
Be sure to listen to this song as soon as it is available on Spotify, Apple Music, and all other music steaming platforms. If you’re just hearing about Deep Valleys check out their social media and this video of their most recent worship cover of “Reckless Love”
Label: Independent Producer: Anthony Potenza – Studio A Recordings
On January 25th, Dilettante will be releasing their debut self titled EP. I have had the pleasure of playing a show with these guys in the past so I was excited to hear what they had put together.
The EP starts off with the track “Scale” and definitely sets the tone for the rest of the album. Including the lyrics “How am I today? To me it’s all the same. I’ve stepped too far away. Now a man without a name.” Dilettante is very real in what they put forth for all to hear. From Dilettante themselves; “This EP is an open and honest representation of a broken entity. We are delving into the darkest mindsets so many of us are afraid to discuss, but all suffer in from time to time.”
As I continued to listen and get into the second song “Dispossession” I kept coming back to one thing, AFI. It is clear that vocalist Erik Wik is heavily influenced by AFI and the vocal style of Davey Havoc. Eriks vocals are unique and to me, took the songs to that next level. Through the next 3 songs the themes and styles previously mentioned continue, and bring the whole EP together. The final song “Rising Tides” offers some metalcore riffs but still maintains the up and down dynamic energy shown throughout the other tracks.
Overall I thought this album was put together very well. The dynamics the songs along with a mix of clean and dirty vocals pulled together nicely. I could easily listen to and enjoy all tracks and if you like heavy music but aren’t into as much screaming this EP is for you. 2019 looks like it is starting off well musically and I hope it continues this way!
Be sure to check out Dilettante at their EP release show on January 25th at the Rec Room in Buffalo. This show is sponsored by After Dark Presents and also includes the bands Of Night and Light, Overlook, and Winski. For more information click the link below. https://www.facebook.com/events/1876361935772992/
Coming out of Mt. Vernon IL, As We Are, has been tearing up venues all across the country and encompassing the heart of a DIY band for the past 6 years. I had the opportunity to experience them live for the first time this past summer at the Kingdom Bound festival in NY as part of their Summer Tour. Their sound and live set took me back to 2007 when I was into bands such as Stellar Kart, MxPx, and Hawk Nelson. Fronted by Dale Vaughn, they are high energy and really know how to connect with the audience. The band recently signed to Raven Faith Records and re-released their self titled “As We Are” EP which includes songs such as “Promise Land” and “Wave Goodbye”. This EP and all their other music can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, and any other music streaming sites.
As We Are is starting 2019 off with a 2 month tour, the no name tour, and will be back in the Buffalo area on January 26th at Stamps the Bar. This headlining show also features the bands Tetelestai, Among the Wolves, Element 36, and Signs of a Slumbering Beast. Make sure to check out their website and social media sites below and check back for photos and video off their upcoming tour!