Cornerstone New Band Interview: A City Under Siege

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One21music, in our quest to find the best upcoming Christian musicians, is featuring the bands from the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase.  The Cornerstone New Band Showcase has launched many huge careers for Christian musicians including P.O.D., Sixpence None The Richer and Over The Rhine. The Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase features sixteen bands who will be performing on the Cornerstone Main Stage from Thursday, June 30th through Sunday, July 3rd.  In the two weeks leading up to Cornerstone 2011, One21music will be featuring interviews with 11 of the showcase bands and a 10 song free music sampler, which will be available, exclusively on on Wednesday, June 22.

Today, we start the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase series with A City Under Siege.  This group of southerners plays a brand of driving, melodic hardcore that it infused with a passion for God.

A City Under Siege

Hailing from East Tennessee, A City Under Siege is composed of Jon Lockett, vocals; Phil Goins, guitar and vocals; Eric Davis, guitar and vocals; Brad Bailey, Lead Guitar; Zack Grutsch, bass guitar and Gabriel Vicentin, Drums. Led by their faith in God and their love for people, A City Under Siege‘s main goal is to see all generations, from the forsaken to the accepted, find hope in Christ. With heavy driven verses and massive choruses, A City Under Siege produces a passionate and energetic stage presence that shakes the hearts of their audience. Their original compositions reflect in their strong lyrical content, as well as the dependence of the band on the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Their musical influences include For Today, Oh Sleeper, Red, The Devil Wears Prada, A Plea For Purging and We Came As Romans.

In July 2010 A City Under Siege released a 4-song EP entitled The Sound Of War EP.  The EP was recorded at The Sound Lair in Knoxville, TN where artists such as A Plea For Purging and Stand Your Ground have recorded amazing albums.They also have plans to tour Latin America and Europe in early 2012.

Joshua 8:7 – “You are to rise up from ambush and siege the city. The LORD your God will give it into your hand.”

A City Under Siege

Interview With Christian Musicians A City Under Siege

O21: Tell us what we need to know about A City Under Siege that is not in your bio:

ACOS: As a band we collectively way about 1,500 pounds and our drummer is Brazillian and has just moved to America.

O21: How would you describe your sound?

ACOSOur sound is a mixture of southern, melodic, hardcore. We have huge breakdowns and very melodic choruses.

O21:  What artists influenced you?

ACOSWe have many influences, but some of our main influences are: The Devil wears Prada, For Today, OH, Sleeper, and The Showdown.

O21: Tell us about your recordings? What is your favorite A City Under Siege song?

ACOSWe Recorded The Sound of War EP at The Sound Lair in Knoxville, TN in June of 2010. We named the EP  The Sound of War because we feel called into warfare against the enemy to see the Kingdom of God advance.

Our favorite A City Under Siege song would have to be “Into Your Hands” simply because we need to surrender everything into our Heavenly Father’s hands.

O21: What is the best thing about making music?

ACOS: Getting to worship our Heavenly Father Through our deepest passion and talent that he’s given us.

O21:  How does your faith influence you musically and lyrically?

ACOS: Our music is influenced 100% on our faith in Christ. We feel as Christian artists that our music should reflect the heart of God. If people cannot feel and hear God thru A City Under Siege music, then we have misplaced our purpose.

O21: What responsibility do you think an artist/performer has to its listeners?

ACOS: We feel that its our responsibility to share God’s radical love for each individual, no matter their circumstance or background. We need to share what He has done for us. That is our purpose.

O21: What are your road traditions?

ACOS: Singing the entire soundtrack of “Oh Brother, Where art thou”

O21: What do you love about music?

ACOS: It is the way we can express our deepest worship to a savior that gave everything for us.

O21: What is one thing people don’t understand about your music?

ACOS: We hear a lot about how people don’t understand how we worship through screaming. We all grew up in the “Bible Belt” and hear this quite often. What we try to share with them is that God has called us to reach people that normal, “traditional”, Christian music would not.

Thank you, guys for taking the time to answer these questions so our readers can get to know you a little better.

It is obvious that the guys from A City Under Siege have a deep love for God and a passion for spreading the word about God’s passion for us.  Grab their ep, The Sound Of War EP at Amazon.

If you want a sample of A City Under Siege check out “Into Your Hands” from the One21music Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase sampler that will be released on One21music on June 22nd.

A City Under Siege will be playing the Cornerstone 2011 New Band Showcase on Saturday, July 2nd at 1:10 p.m.


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