March 11, 2011Posted by on
SEVEN DAY JESUS
A funny thing about the music industry is how at times some of the bands and artists you love are gone within a few short years of forming, while at other times ones you are indifferent to or just don’t like seem to stay around forever. For me Seven Day Jesus was the former. These guys should have been HUGE. They began as a cover band, but decided they wanted to pursue music more seriously. After a couple of years they released an independent album entitled Sustenance, which got the band noticed by small christian label 5 Minute Walk Records. In 1996 the band released their label debut entitled The Hunger. The album was an aggressive blend of post-grunge and heavy alternative. The band enjoyed a bit of success with the album, but the best was yet to come. In 1997 the band was signed to Forefront Records, a much bigger label than their previous home. Forefront was at the time the label home of DC Talk, Audio Adrenaline, Code Of Ethics, and a few up and coming bands at the time; Bleach, Skillet, and Small Town Poets. In late 1997 the band released their self-titled follow-up to The Hunger. The album was a total 180. The aggressive post-grunge alt-rock was replaced with a more radio friendly power pop sound. The album was a hit, between the new sound and the label backing the lead single “Butterfly” flew to the top of the christian rock charts. The most striking change was seen in vocalist Brian McSweeney’s voice. He had a great set of pipes before, but his vocals on this album are among some of the best I have ever heard on a rock album, they were pitch perfect, melodic, and powerful, with a warm tone quality that could make you feel ever ounce of emotion he would sing with. Sadly, after this album the band would call it quits. They would however reunite for a one time only show in 2004. Seven Day Jesus is definitely on my short list of bands that died too young.