March 4, 2011Posted by on
A strange thing happened in 1998. A swing band of all things became the hottest new act in the christian rock scene. That band, The W’s found immediate success with their debut album, Fourth From The Last. I too suffered from W’s mania. I spent many a cold winter day in my room putting this album on repeat while trying to perfect a catchy, deep swing voice, honed by many hours of “practicing” (singing along to) to vocalist Andrew Schar’s accessible vocals. Well enough of my embarrassing youth confessions. The main reason for The W’s success was the fact that they were really good. Their hybrid of swing and ska was a perfect blend among those yearning for a fun upbeat sound. Their next album 1999’s Trouble With X, although not as popular as their debut was still a good album. The W’s disbanded the following year. Although having a short existence, the band along with us fans will always have that magical run in 1998 to look back on. The perfect band for that moment in time.