Religion would not seem to be a great topic of conversation while imbibing libations, but in my group of friends… well, you can only tell so many bathroom horror stories.
Since all of us (pretty much) were born and raised Catholics, all of us (pretty much) are no longer. So topics about what we are, where we’ll go, and how many blue cars there are come up often. One of the common ones – which bands are religious and claim/pretend not to be.
Recently, it was brought up about this band, and this album, and the song Shine:
Does it mean they are religious? Quite the opposite. From their Wikipedia page:
Ed Roland was reading Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and came across the phrase “collection of souls.” Although author Ayn Rand actually uses the phrase in a negative connotation, using the “collective soul” as a threat to the main character’s sense of individualism, Ed is quick to point out, “…we’re not preaching Ayn Rand, objectivism, egoism, or anything…we just dug the name…” and “it [the band’s name] could’ve come out of a Motorcycle Magazine.”
There have been other bands we’ve accused, such as Vertical Horizon (because their name describes a cross, but they seem like a basic college band), The Fray (made up of non-proselytizing Christians), Lifehouse (started as Christian band called Blyss, but they’re no longer that way) , and Switchfoot (name comes from surfing, but they have played Christian rock concerts). It’s interesting that none of them claim to be 100% Christian Rock bands (because how else could they sell to the masses, so to speak).
I just think they’re afraid to be associated with this kind of stuff:
(via the incredible Everything is Terrible)
And in the same way, could I say I enjoyed their music if they were considered CCM (Contempory Christian Music)?