Sub-genres: Alternative, Contemporary Christian, British Invasion
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Label: Forefront Records
Christian label: yes
Category: The Message whats this?
“We want our music to be an encouragement to everyone and our songs to minister to people’s hearts.”
Abandon is a Christian alternative rock band formed from a San Antonio-based church worship group. The group’s name was inspired by the Bible verse of Joshua 22:3, which reads “God has directed us not to abandon any brothers”. With that, you shouldn’t be surprised by the openly spiritual lyrics that point the listener to Christ and who we are because of Him. You might be surprised by the relevance and honesty of their lyrics that feature recurring themes of the dangers of dealing in this world and the hope of losing yourself in Christ.
The music is soaring rock & roll with layers of guitars and vocals and a driving rhythm section. The band is solid but vocalist Josh Engler is a superb vocalist who sets Abandon apart from their contemporaries. Though they point to The Beatles and U2 as influences, their big, melodic, hard driving rock reminds me of a guitar oriented Coldplay. In a good way.
Abandon‘s music makes for a great live show and they are known for their showmanship
The band was discovered by EMI/CMG Director of A &R Chris York, who signed Abandon to Forefront Records. He found them while eating in a restaurant last spring. His attention was drawn from a nice dinner over to the club next door where five young men were pounding out their U2-meets-The Killers tune about a force that rules the human race . . . the hand of “Providence”.
“It’s definitely the strangest way I’ve discovered a new band,” he admits. “I could hear these guys playing on the other side of the wall, and it sounded really, really good.” Critics agree. Abandon‘s recent EP was called “the next big thing . . . a stellar introduction to the group” (The Christian Manifesto) and built up buzz about how “the future looks bright for Abandon” (JesusFreakHideout.com). It also earned the band ranking among the “Best New Artists of 2008,” according to ChristianityToday.com.
The band’s first full-length studio album, titled Abandon is scheduled to be released on April 21, 2009.
This is a strong rock band with an intense live show, creative harmonics and a great lead singer. Abandon uses their music not only to be an encouragement to believers, but to minister to the hearts of non-believers. Abandon has “next big thing” written all over them. We all need to get in on the ground floor.