I absolutely love it when I’m surfing my iTunes and I see a band name I don’t recognize. When I’m searching for an album to listen to for the blog, I’ll preview a song to see if I’m feelin it for the day – you know how you get in different moods for different types of music. Sometimes there are hidden little jewels sprinkled throughout my iTunes and I’ll listen to a few seconds of a song and love it already. That happened just now with the album of the day today – Our Graceful Words by Sent By Ravens.
I’m always up for new music – I’ll give literally anything a listen before counting it out or adding it to the melting pot. I couldn’t have even told you that this band was categorized as a “Christian post-hardcore” band before I Googled them. The first track, New Fire, isn’t as preachy as something you would expect from a religious band. I’m not the biggest fan of organized religion and because I live in the south – and in the Bible Belt – I’ve had people who love to shove their religion down your throat, no matter what their faith is. A lot of bands that describe themselves as Christian bands make me feel like the people that come to your door to argue your faith with you. Sent By Ravens is not that kind of band.
Beautiful List is probably the first song off the track that may have tipped me off to the fact that this is a Christian band – and that’s not a bad thing. This band knows how to slip their faith into cleverly crafted lyrics. I’m surprised that this is their first full length album.
Trailers Vs. Tornadoes tickles my ear drums and is my favorite track off the album. Now that I’ve got your attention, the plastic parts of people melt away, a blowing wind, it changes my position, but there’s just something about facing our fears today.
I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, but song titles are also something that I look for when I’m checking out a band. Taking Back Sunday is one of my favorite bands, and if you know anything about that band, you probably know how awesome their song titles are. Sent By Ravens doesn’t let me down with Jill Plays Tricks, Jack Plays God. The song is pretty good, too!
I’ve mentioned before that I love me some good rock tunes. I don’t discriminate against the different “genres” of rock. And Sent By Ravens is, at the core, a good rock band. The vocals are on point, things get a little heavier every now and then with some screaming, the guitars mesh together, and the drums make it hard to keep your feet still. This is a solid album.
Trailers Vs. Tornadoes (track 5)
Salt and the Light (track 8)
True Bride (track 11)