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Upcoming Showbread concept album/movie Cancer

Heads up, rocker people. Showbread’s starting a new project, called Cancer. This time the goal is…to make a movie.

Yeah, what? 

Cancer is a long-gestating idea that we’ve toyed with for years, but never had the resources to adequately accomplish our vision. A science-fiction concept album with an elaborately detailed universe fleshed out with music, lyrics, visual art and a movie,” the band says.

Those of you familiar with the band are probably just saying, “Typical Showbread.”

Those of you who are unfamiliar with Showbread, here’s the blurb: innovative musical harsh beauty that has morphed over the years from spastic screamo to strange pop rock, twisted into the realm of Nine-Inch-Nails-esque experimental vibe and back into post-hardcore with rock-and-roll leanings, leaving us with their last project at just plain, wonderfully chill rock. The band is fronted by Josh Dies,  a poetic lyricist who writes of the rough, raw, and redeeming aspects of life, sometimes using dinosaur imagery. Typically the band dresses up for concerts in costumes and exaggerated makeup, either as a part of the theme of their most recent album or just for the heck of it.

And just as likely as they are to talk about zombie movies or get a tattoo, they’re ready to get serious about their mission: to spread their music in such a way to proclaim the message of Jesus.

“The landscape of our last concept album, Anorexia Nervosa, was… grand. We want to go bigger. Much bigger. An intricate world of a story set to the soundtrack of a Raw Rock space opera and accompanied by it’s own feature film! We want to gather/combine all our creative resources into telling a massive, multi-sensory extravaganza of a story that screams an incredible truth: Jesus has conquered death!”

Like their last album, the goal of this project is to raise the money to fund its creation and then give it all away for free. You can read all about the project here  and donate if you feel led to do so. If interested in sort of obscure rock with a message that will strike you deeply in your heart, I highly recommend you checking these crazy bros out. Their last album Who Can Know It? is available for free download on ComeandLive!’s site right here. Get it and Like them on Facebook or something.

Raw rock on, my friends.


Scalene: Upcoming DIES album

Dear Showbread lovers and those who have a taste for Nine Inch Nails or Depeche Mode,

DIES, the solo project of Showbread’s lead singer Josh Dies, is dropping a fresh album this fall, Scalene.

I just wanted to let you know.

You can read up some more info right here, on Josh Dies’ blog. I hope you do. :)

Sincerely, Jenn.

P. S. I like the album cover. What do you think?


Hilarious Showbread song misinterpretation

Cover of "No Sir Nihilism Is Not Practica...

Cover of No Sir Nihilism Is Not Practical

This post is about a Showbread song from No Sir, Nihilism is Not Practical. But first, I need to explain some things:

1. I promised you and myself to finish some blogs I started so you could read them (mainly about Emery and cookies).
2. I realized that being away from the Internet for 2 weeks would make this impossible.

Therefore:
1. I’m sorry for lying about posting things that I won’t be able to post for a while.
2. For the short break in those 2 weeks that I do have internet, I’ve written up this blog that is was scheduled to be published today. So, like, I wrote this earlier. Not today. If you don’t understand, it’s a blog thing, and it’s okay. Just…keep reading.

Anyways…

My friend and I were searching up “Showbread” on YouTube, and we found this video of a “misinterpretation” of Showbread’s song “If You Like Me, Check Yes, If You Don’t, I’ll Die” from their first album No Sir, Nihilism is Not Practical.

If you’ve never heard of Showbread, you probably won’t completely understand the humor. For me, “Check Yes” was the one Showbread song I despised (gasp!) because it was so overly-screechy, but the creator of the video used the sonic chaos to rewrite the lyrics according to what his imagination decided Josh Dies and Tae were singing/screaming–basically, it’s a sort of odd twist on song lyric videos, complete with very silly pictures.

Oh, and if you’re wondering whether it’s worth your time watching this, let me just say this: the video’s tabbed on my “Bookmarks Bar” for necessary revisits and I now listen to “Check Yes” so I may gleefully sing completely inaccurate lyrics.

Enjoy. (If the picture of the “Gay” People magazine cover weirds you out, trust me that it bears no real significance.)


“God’s love for Osama” post by Josh Dies

In response to the varying standpoints on the death of Osama bin Laden, I felt the need to repost this blog written by Josh Dies. He poses some very interesting thoughts, and I strongly encourage everyone to read it. There’s also a pretty decent thread of discussion in the comments section.

Here’s a snippet of the post:

I was on tour a few weeks back when word got out that Osama Bin Laden had, supposedly, been shot and killed by US troops. Immediately, we were bombarded by a country in dark celebration.  Our (Showbread’s) immediate thought was that
someone whom Jesus had cherished (a human being) had been killed and that his loved ones were in need of prayer. But when you make an effort to lift the heavy cross of enemy-love that Jesus commands his followers to lift, it seems there are still many prepared to throw a few stones…

…This is one of the reasons I have decided to forsake all others and follow Jesus: his ways, 2,000 years later, are still too radical for the world to accept… even the ones who claim to be his followers.

You can read the rest of the blog here.


Showbread concert–raw rock killed and now I am dead

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.


Dinosaurs! Gore! Jesus!…wait, what?

I’m soon going to tell you about a story about a dinosaur that wants to take over the world. Intrigued? You should read it then…

I first found out about the book Nevada through my favorite band Showbread. Their lead singer, Joshua Porter (more commonly known as Josh Dies), is a musical and literary hero of mine (the guy’s a genius when it comes to writing lyrics, if you ask me), so when I found out he had started writing novels, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy.

Nevada unfolds the apocalyptic story of America’s ensnarement by a large, talking reptile named Belial. Beginning with the bizarre discovery of a cave inhabited by dinosaurs in Nevada’s desert, Belial reveals himself to the public and sweet-talks his way into the people’s hearts by offering them an ear-tickling doctrine where self is god. Eventually, Belial’s popularity gains him the power to set up the “Trash of God” center in Los Angeles, a place for his faithful to swarm together, with the idea of utopia in mind. And many weird things happen (sorry I won’t spoil it).

While the “end times” theme of this story may come off as trite, Porter employs multiple techniques to keep this book interesting and shocking.

Porter’s narrative through multiple perspectives of numerous characters and “confiscated” pieces of media (like blog articles) gives the book diversity through each different voice through which the story is told. Porter successfully develops at least six distinct, first-person viewpoints through the characters of an adulterous wife, her angry husband, a mildly mentally disabled man, a womanizer, a frantic mother, and a man with anti-social personality disorder. I was fascinated to see how each person’s account worked together to build up the over-arching story.

Side note: Porter also throws in a large handful of celebrity names into the story—e.g. Ashton KutcherAnne Hathaway—writing them in as some of the first to come to Belial’s T.O.G center and help with his projects. I just never thought I would read a book that mentioned Ashlee Simpson. Anyhow…

I also loved Porter’s own writing style: raw, non-sugarcoated narrative with an ability to give extremely graphic descriptions in few words. Since most characters give first-person accounts, their emotions and thoughts are not vague in any way; you will learn what goes on in the heads of each character, including the womanizer and the anti-social man—such unambiguous thoughts are often as disturbing as interesting.

As the story begins with bizarre, it seems to grow increasingly dark, with increasing amounts of gory episodes—one in particular absolutely shocked me (although I should say the highest caliber of violence I’ve experienced is probably among 24 and Gladiator).  But this book is not just some off-the-wall, people-die-in-nasty-ways sort of novel; the spiritual undertones are hard to miss, and Porter never lets his stories end unredeemed.

Though so strange and harsh, beauty triumphs in the end, and, yes, I did cry a little in the end. The books I love tend to do that to me.

If Nevada’s story sounds interesting, you can read an interview of the author here, or buy a copy at Porter’s webstore here.


You know what’s raw? A free album from SHOWBREAD

Sorry, Josh Dies, but I don’t think you have that phrase copyrighted yet. Besides, I think I’m allowed to use it since I’m going to talk about how your band Showbread is making a new album for FREE as a result of its new partnership with Come&Live! Records–because that’s truly raw.

Come&Live! is a non-profit organization that focuses on equipping musicians to be more missionary-esque, by using a charity-based income to offer free digital music. Here is a short video explaining their vision in a nutshell:

In March, Showbread announced a statement regarding their departure from Tooth & Nail records and their signing on with Come&Live!

“At this point in our lives as Showbread, we have decided to withdraw from many elements of the industry that have been a part of our band for years, sign with Come&Live! and trust God to provide ways for us to offer our music and our performances as free gifts in order to expand the scope of our ministry. By offering our music as a gift with no charge and embracing Christ’s call to give generously we will open our ministry to anyone and everyone who will take any note of it, not just those willing to pay for it. It is our hope to make Showbread more like the work of missionaries than the work of a professional rock and roll band.”

You can read their full statement on Showbread’s site here.

Well, sure, that’s cool, sounds like a good charity to donate to once in a while, free music is fun, yada-yada. Sounds pretty raw, I guess

Wait, I’m not finished yet! The deal here is, not long after they joined the Come&Live! family, Showbread decided to begin a fundraiser for their upcoming album, with the intent to raise enough money to be able to create the album for free, with all the studio charges covered by donations.

The project started in late May, with a deadline for August 14 to raise $13,000. Those interested in supporting the project were allowed to pledge money online, on a site called Kickstarter, with the option of choosing a gift according to the amount pledged (for example, $20 would get a special signed CD/DVD).

Eight days later, the full amount had already been funded…and after the full 90 days had elapsed, the grand total of donations amounted to $33, 322. Now that’s what I call raw.

Personally, I was completely amazed at how God not only matched the band’s goal, but completely surpassed it even when no one could tell if the project had any chance of success. Needless to say, the Showbread guys were pretty excited too:


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