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The Wedding

  • reviewed by Andy Argyrakis Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2005 1 Apr
The Wedding
Sounds like … a meeting ground of punk, emo and alternative rock for fans of Relient K, MxPx, Hawthorne Heights and Number One GunAt a glance … The Wedding establishes itself with an energetic and engaging debut filled with just as many meaty lyrics as monstrous hooksTrack ListingMorning AirMove This CityThis Time I'm LeavingWake the RegimentOne Eye OpenPrice for LoveDeath by Xanga479HxC (Through the Night)JoyrideBut a BreathWater Under the BridgeSong for the Broken

The Wedding may be a band of fresh faces on the national circuit, but in Arkansas, they've been plowing away for quite some time. Though early incarnations like Last Place, Unknown and Easier Said didn't work out, the guys' eventual transformation into The Wedding led to opening slots for the likes of Bleach, John Reuben, Anberlin, and Number One Gun. Speaking of Bleach, that band's keyboard player Sam Barnhart fell in love with what he heard, offering the band time at Nashville's Dark Horse Studios to make a demo. After recording that energetic and explosive emo/punk outpouring, the guys attracted the attention of BHT Entertainment, who signed the group to its alternative division Rambler Records.

Though the guys already released an EP when touring with The O.C. Supertones, this self-titled effort marks The Wedding's official debut. The 12-track collection is loaded with scalding guitars, chaotic rhythms and aggressive (though at times melodic) vocals. The bubbly and blistering "Morning Air" is about a romance gone awry. A more spiritual approach surfaces on the power ballad "Price for Love," about Christ's ultimate sacrifice and redemption.

Then there's the rebirth anthem "Water Under the Bridge," a lively apex likely to please followers of Number One Gun or Hawthorne Heights. An even more abrasive attitude surfaces on "Song for the Broken," which is balanced out by the booming harmonies of "Move This City" and the eerie instrumental "479HxC (Through the Night)." Between its competence in all categories and decision to incorporate stylistic variety, The Wedding's likely to last longer than the fads and continually develop its attention worthy objective.