Death Therapy & Spoken’s Matt Baird Team Up For It’s OK At Kingdom Come 2020

Jason Wisdom, lead singer of Death Therapy, is on the left, and Spoken’s Matt Baird is on the right.

They did it!  The Blast’s Colin Cruz had been wondering on air for this for weeks: since Spoken and Death Therapy played on the same day at Kingdom Come Festival…will Matt Baird hop on stage to do It’s OK with Death Therapy?  We asked both bands online.   Normally, they answer our questions.  But not this one.  And…surprise!  It happened!

You can hear Colin Cruz say “Where’s Matt?!” early in the song and “There’s Matt!!!” later in the song when he shows up.

We have the video for the song here:  https://www.facebook.com/TheBlastFM/videos/202328547886148/

 

The Protest Battles Through Bus Breakdowns; Rocks The Stage at Kingdom Come Festival 2020

The Protest at Kingdom Come Fest 2020

Indiana’s own The Protest has a BIG following in the Hoosier state.   They are from New Castle, Indiana, about an hour and a half away from the venue near Greentown, a village near Kokomo.  Lead singer Joshua Bramlett says the band is “not a big deal in their hometown of New Castle.”

That lines up with Luke 4:24, where Jesus says “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in his hometown.”  But in their nearby adopted hometown of Kokomo and in Greentown, and at the Kingdom Come Festival, they are huge. 

Here’s how we know that:  the crowd for the mid-evening The Protest concert on Saturday was larger than the crowd for the headliner Disciple.  And that is certainly not a knock on Disciple…it’s a testament to how popular The Protest is in their home state. 

The band left New Castle at 9:30 in the morning and didn’t finish that 90 minute drive until early evening, as their bus broke down three times in between New Castle and Greentown.

We know who didn’t want them to come, but the devil did not win.   God got ’em to the fest, bus and all, and they put on a great rock show.   Highlights included Welcome To The Freakshow, a rockin’ cover of Michael Jackson’s 1982 pop radio hit Beat It, and Noise Revolution, which is chronicled here:

https://www.facebook.com/TheBlastFM/videos/1574988186003990/

Disciple Rocked The Stage Saturday Night At Kingdom Come

Disciple put on another amazing show, as they were the headliner Saturday night at the Kingdom Come Festival near Greentown, Indiana.  There was an equipment malfunction early in the show, within the first 2 or 3 songs.  Undaunted, lead singer Kevin Young did his ministry talk early in the show and encouraged people to stop being “hating keyboard warriors” online.   He also revealed that the whole band works out together, and that as he is filling time, he is sharing things he doesn’t normally share with the audience.   He also mentioned that they haven’t played a live show in person “Since October.  That was another great band,” Kevin Young said.  “Yes, it was!” our own Colin Cruz blurted out loudly without hesitation (man do we miss that band…yep, we still play them).  Once the gear was back in working order, Disciple blasted through songs old and new  Invisible, Dear X, Dead Militia, Cuff The Criminal, Panic Room were among those…as was their recently arranged medley of old Disciple hits.   Here is the video of them performing Radical (you’ll see Marco Pera of Amongst The Giants playing bass…he does that for them whenever possible):  https://www.facebook.com/TheBlastFM/videos/1393926340997759/

 

Spoken Spooked At 10 PM The Night Before The Show: No Drummer

Spoken lead singer Matt Baird performing at Kingdom Come Fest 2020

Spoken was the Friday night headliner at this year’s Kingdom Come Festival near Greentown, Indiana last weekend.  But at 10 pm Thursday night, a conundrum presented itself to lead singer/founder Matt Baird:  their hired gun drummer couldn’t make it to the Friday night show!

Umm….

So, Baird and guitarist JR Baries got on the horn with friends in other bands, particularly other bands that were playing at the same festival.

John Jakway, the drummer for Chaotic Resemblance, filled in admirably as the skin-banger Friday night.

His band played on Saturday at the festival.

Baird revealed during the show that their 10 year old song Dagger will be on the next Spoken album, but in a different form than the original.

Dagger has yet to land on a Spoken album.   Well, finally the dagger is about to stick.

Check back daily for news and photos from Kingdom Come Fest 2020 as they will trickle in for awhile.

 

Indiana’s Kingdom Come Festival Fri/Sat July 10/11 Includes 14 Blast Bands

Kingdom Come Festival is quickly approaching.  It happens in northeast Indiana near the town of Greentown (in the Kokomo area).

Here is the address:  8313 E 400 S, Greentown, Indiana 46936

 

 

 

 

Skillet Reimagines “Save Me”

Skillet has “reimagined” their song Save Me.  It’s an EDM remix, right?!  Nope.  It’s pop.  In fact, this could make it on to Christian Adult Contemporary radio, even. Have a listen here:

Random Hero Unboxes The Tension

Random Hero opens up the Tension #1 plaques

Random Hero’s song Tension, which enjoyed a long run in current rotation on both The Blast and The Blast Blender, enjoyed an 8-week run at number one on the Christian Music Weekly Christian Rock Radio chart (a USA radio airplay chart).

 

Kingdom Come Festival Is Still On As Indiana Will Stay Open! July 10-11

Kingdom Come Festival is STILL on for Friday and Saturday July 10th and 11th.  Random Hero cannot be at the new date, but Amongst The Giants has been added to the bill in their place!

The Kingdom Come Festival happens near Kokomo,, Indiana.  Blast bands include:  Disciple, Spoken, The Protest, Set For The Fall, Seventh Day Slumber, Death Therapy, Gold Frankincense and Myrrh, Amongst The Giants, Zahna, Chaotic Resemblance, Danger Scene, Poetic Descent. 

The First New Nine Lashes Song In Over 2 Years…Is Also Blasting

Nine Lashes is back with a vengeance!   They have a new song Now Blasting called Guilty Hands.

With Guilty Hands, Nine Lashes wanted to go back to its core:  in sound and in message.

With heavy tones, soaring melodies, and purposeful lyrics, they’re coming out of hiding with a bang.

Guilty Hands is a plea. Stop bearing the weight of your guilt. Stop running. Stop fighting. Come home.

The song is based on Luke 15:20-24, which is the happy ending of the prodigal son story.

New Lacey Sturm And Skillet Songs Are Blastin’

It’s been 18 months since we’ve had new music to Blast from former Flyleaf lead singer Lacey Sturm.  And she comes out screamin’ on The Decree like she did on I’m So Sick.  Sturm co-wrote The Decree with Korey Cooper of Skillet.   Speaking of Skillet, we just added a new tune from them, too:  Never Going Back.   We were far ahead of the curve in adding their current hit Save Me, as their record companies let almost half a year slip by before releasing a second Christian Rock radio single (that one) just a few weeks ago.  Both of these new songs will air during the Colin Cruz Radio Show, which is on weekdays from Noon-3 pm USA/Canada/Mexico Central Time.