January 18, 2006Music News)
Christian rockband Audio Adrenaline is calling it quits after 15 years. The press release cites "ongoing vocal challenges" facing lead singer Mark Stuart. After consulting with a doctor he decided to retire (though I think if he consulted anyone attending their concerts for the past two years they could have told him that his voice is done).
The band will release one final album later this year, a retrospective (read: best of, plus two new songs) dubbed Adios, and head out for a farewell tour.
There's no word on what will become of the remainder of Audio Adrenaline, guitarist Tyler Burkum, bassist Will McGinniss and drummer Ben Cissell, who one can only suppose aren't facing "ongoing vocal challenges." Apparently Audio Adrenaline won't be going the way of Petra, Newsboys, Further Seems Forever (OK, my rock history is pretty poor, but you know it's happened before) and so many other bands that just replaced their lead singer and kept going.
I see two possible outcomes:
- Some lucky solo artist out there finds a stellar backing band. Who could it be? Justin McRoberts? Derek Webb? Andrew Peterson? Sara Groves? Bethany Dillon? Shawn Groves? The return of Michael W. Smith? Wait, scratch that last one.
- Their record company decides to go the way of INXS and launches a Christian version of the sorry reality show where average Joes can try out to be the lead singer of a rock band.
January 10, 2006Free Music)
For the love of all things holy go download MuteMath's "Chaos" for free right now. No, don't stop and think, don't file it for later. Now. Go. Download. It's free.
I first saw MuteMath thrashing across the stage at Sonshine 2005, which included over-turning the drum kit twice and standing on the piano and playing it with your feet. The duct-tape holding the drummer's headphones to his head couldn't keep from partying itself and gave up its headphone holding duty.
Now MuteMath is celebrating its debut album with free "Chaos" download goodies. You can thank me later.