Wednesday, February 19, 2014
The Beautiful Gallows Release 7” Vinyl for Static Radio Fundraiser
By Brian Nixon
Special to ASSIST News Service
ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO (ANS) -- Spec, guitarist, engineer, and mastermind behind Southwestern Goth band The Beautiful Gallows, has released a statement that the band is partnering with trailblazing Christian radio station, Static Radio, for a unique release of two of their songs.
Last October, The Beautiful Gallows released their single, “To The End,” on Static Radio. It became a staple for the new Southwestern sound developing in the region, a listener favorite.
Static Radio Program Director Stevo Jeter said, “We were excited when The Beautiful Gallows tune ‘To the End’ was submitted on our New Music Tuesday program. Because of the feedback we received, it made regular rotation. Not only are these guys great people, when I heard the song—and it’s rocking riffs and catchy chorus—I knew I had to play it.”
“We’ve been honored to be on the vanguard of Christian music. It’s been our philosophy to track down those artists who are innovators in the industry and highlight them. Now don’t get me wrong, we’re not dissing the mainstream guys and gals—we love them in the Lord—we just don’t want to play what hundreds of other Christian stations are playing. We have a unique niche, and we follow the lead of the great music,” Stevo said.
The Static Radio website describes the Culture Shock selections as follows: “Christians are called to make disciples of all nations—to be fishers of men. The question is, ‘How do we go about doing this?’ Static Radio promotes a biblical worldview by providing music that provokes thought and discussion for further reflection. We provide an outlet to draw people—Christian and non-Christian—into the discussion, pointing them to Christ.
“What is Culture Shock? Using music as a hook, we hope to create a dialogue that communicates a Christian worldview, (even if the song comes from a crossover musician or group). If you hear bands like U2, Sufjan Stevens, and Mumford and Sons on Static Radio, you are listening to Culture Shock.
“Basically, Culture Shock is our attempt to reach out to a lot of people through popular music for the cause of Christ. Some of the music may cause some controversy, but our prayer is that the ‘stun’ will cause a deeper, more thoughtful Christian witness.”
“Not only do we have The Beautiful Gallows represented, but we used local visual artist David Martinez to create the cover art. David is known the region over for doing amazing tattoos for several notable people (who shall remain anonymous). It was great to pair the two together, bringing a sense of artistic community to our station for our spring fundraiser.”
Concerning the use of local artists, Matt Lott said, “Think of it kind of like a biblical model of expansion: Jerusalem, Judea, and the outermost. Basically, we’re starting local, and then we’ll expand to national acts for future projects. The listener gets a song and a great piece of art, and the station receives support. All for $1.29. Can’t beat that!
“Even if you hate the song and the art on the Beautiful Gallows release, we encourage you to purchase the song on iTunes or Amazon, or make a donation to the station. Why? Because it helps us reach out to our region (and now the world through the Internet) with the love of Christ.”
Stevo jumped in. “We want to make that point loud and clear. We are a Christian station. No bones about it. We love the Lord with a great passion. And we feel we are making unique inroads into how we reach our culture. ”
“And let me say,” Stevo continued, “that we have more than just music. We have a program entitled Shock Therapy—where Pastor Nathan Heitzig and I help answer tough question about life and our culture. It’s a great outreach to our youth.
“And for those more intellectually inclined, Matt and I host a Theology Thursday program with a couple of pastors to tackle deep Biblical and theological questions. So though we may be known as great music station, it’s not all we do. Again, the bottom line is that we are all about Christ. He’s the reason we are even on the air. It’s that simple.”
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For journalistic transparency, it must be noted that I had a role in the Beautiful Gallows song, adding some vocal work.
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