Picture this: for the first time in your life, your favorite band comes to town. And when I say “favorite band,” I mean that one band that you’ve been listening to since you were a freshman in high school, the one that you could identify every song after only a second of it has been played, the one with the lead singer you would do almost anything to meet–that one band who helped inspire you to discover your passion in life.
So what do you do when you hear that band is coming to a local venue for a FREE show?
Well, if you’re like me, you start screaming. Or want to start screaming but can’t because you’re really actually too excited to be able to audibly scream.
(Official tour flier)
On Tuesday, March 8th, I went to my first Showbread concert. On Tuesday, March 8th, I finally met Josh Dies, lead singer of Showbread.
Because the band is on a free tour as a part of their music mission and signing with ComeandLive!, the show was hosted in the small setting of a church’s youth group room. I have a feeling that the acoustics of the room were not quite meant for a rock concert. I also have a feeling a lot of the people that attended were from said youth group. In other words, it was a rather humble concert.
But humble settings cannot prevent Raw Rock; that night, guitars were shredded and heads banged, drums were smashed and eardrums thrashed, and “Raw Rock Theology” was soundly delivered. In the words of Showbread, Raw Rock killed.
The concert began with “I Never Liked Anyone and I’m Afraid of People,” from Showbread’s newest album, Who Can Know It? Much of the setlist featured this album, including “Hydra,” “Man With a Hammer,” and “You’re Like a Taxi.” Though I would classify Who Can Know It? as the band’s most “chill” album, the live version of it certainly was not “chill.” Though its overall tempo is slower than previous albums, the performance surprised me by its driving intensity, and the drummer was having problems keeping himself from almost destroying his kit.
During one of these songs, the band strapped lights on their heads, while the rest of the crowd broke out their flashlights.
In addition to playing off of Who Can Know It?, almost every other Showbread album was represented by at least one song, including “So Selfish it’s Funny” from their first album No Sir, Nihilism is Not Practical and “The Death” off of concept album Nervosa.
Songs from The Fear of God, “Nothing Matters Anymore” and “Regret Consumes Me,” cranked the headbang thermometer, ensuring a sore neck for me the following morning. And when Josh Dies announced, “This next song is about a dinosaur,” I almost passed out with a delighted shriek because I knew one of the I-dream-about-hearing-this-live songs was coming up, “Pachycephalosaurus.” And now you know exactly how obsessed I am.
The concert finished off with the slow jam “Age of Reptiles,” a parabolic song about the redemption of crocodiles and serpents.
After the last notes faded out, a brief session of “Raw Rock Theology” was given by Josh Dies. Following his establishment of the band’s mission and their stance as Christians, he addressed the poor stereotype of Christians in America by first apologizing for those people that hatefully judged others in the name of Jesus and then encouraging those who identified themselves as Christians to prove the stereotype wrong by loving the recipients of hate and the outcasts of society. Short, inspiring, and raw.
Then the band left the stage and to hang out with the audience for the rest of the night. I talked a little bit with each band member, gathering each of their autographs before I finally went to meet Josh Dies.
Now, he’s the type of guy I would love to just sit and watch because the essence of his personality is so funny. But I found out that he’s also the type of guy that wants to engage others in his silliness; he’d make a joke and then look at me or someone standing near him like friends do when they’re trying to make each other laugh. Can we be best friends, please?
Besides being absurdingly legit, he signed my copy of his book Nevada.
I tried my best to tell him how much I loved his writing, but you know how trying to communicate your deep admiration for your hero goes…
But I did get a classic silly-picture-with-the-band-guy! (Complete with red eye)
It goes without saying that I strongly encourage any and all to witness such Raw Rock.
If you’re interested in checking out Showbread, you can download their free album by following the link on their site, showbread.net. You can also support their ministry by donating through comeandlive.com or on the band’s donation page here.