Starflyer 59

by Vince

Andrew Sullivan’s crew is dedicating a lot of blogging time to the new “hipster church” fad of sorts. The above band is Starflyer 59. Below is some info on them via an interview:

BSJ: It seems in every interview I’ve read with you, you are asked about the ‘spirituality’ of the SF59 lyrics. I for one appreciate any Christian artist who does whatever he/she feels led to do, whether it is blatantly spiritual or not. I am sure you are tired of addressing the issue of SF59 lyrics not being ‘Christian enough’. Will “Americana” have a more direct spiritual theme?

JM: Yes. The theme of “Americana” is basically how unimportant music is, and it should not be your lord – Jesus Christ is. I mean it’s hard to explain lyrics because a lot of it is me talking to myself in a song. But, I hope it does encourage people. I’m tired of being sad.

BSJ: There are any number of “underground” or “alternative” Christian bands – bands that have some following, but do not get wide exposure in the mainstream CCM media. SF59 would have to be considered as one of the most popular of these types of bands. Why do you think this is?

JM: Starflyer is just not very appealing to “musicians”. I don’t have the voice or dynamics to make the front page. I used to play in my church worship band. Most of the people were into the CCM bands. They loved the powerful voice, the dynamic lyrics, the musicianship, or whatever. I just care about good songs. But, I don’t want to knock those guys. If God is using some of their ministries, it’s cool, and if God is using us not on the cover of CCM, that’s cool too.

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