Can Church Be Hip? Ctd

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by Chris Bodenner

A reader writes:

Starflyer 59 is one of the most consistent rock bands around, God-fearing or otherwise.  And with 17 years worth of stellar records populating Christian bookstore bargain bins everywhere, they practically define the term "underrated."

Another writes:

I love Jason Martin's band Starflyer 59.  I had several albums before a friend informed they were a Christian band.  I was lucky enough to have Jason Martin mix my (secular) band's first EP and he gave us his signature sound.

Martin talked about his faith with the Blue Star Journal:

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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