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Labeled: "The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records"

Chapter 26   We have completed the ride to the top for the underground Christian punk and hardcore scene! Brandon, the label, and the artists, all had continued to grow and succeed for ten years, so now all we need to do is for everything to stay JUST as it is. Sounds easy - just don’t change anything. But we are all well acquainted with how the world works, and we  know the bad news in life is that nothing stays the same.   But perhaps that’s also the good news? It’s much easier for everyone to get along when the pie is growing, but as we move into the...

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Labeled: "The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records"

Chapter 25   It was just over one year ago when we began this series and covered the formation of Tooth & Nail at the tiniest little trickle of house shows, Calvary Chapels, and community centers organized by people like Billy Power followed by the rise of Cornerstone with John Herrin as the scene began to emerge. We've traveled quite a long way to get here, and today we reach the high watermark. It's a couple of decades of community building, talent compiling, large technological leaps, an exploding genre, a sharp and well oiled indie label, the perfect band (Underoath), at the...

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Labeled: "The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records"

Chapter 24 There is no question that Underoath is the biggest Christian heavy band of our scene. They completely broke the ceiling of what was assumed was possible beyond our scene, but what are all the factors that go into a landmark success story like that of Underoath? In a sense, this podcast so far is a list and account of many of those factors, or maybe it's just "They’re Only Chasing Safety" was directly born out of the Tooth & Nail culture. It was a perfect wave that had been built by thousands of people collaborating and supporting one another and as they grew and gained...

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Labeled: "The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records"

The Devil Wears Prada is the type of band that if you didn’t know any better, you might confuse them for a career-long Solid State artist, with good reason. They grew up as fans of the label, started a terrific band, did the  first decade and a half of their career on other labels, and now, at last, they are in fact a Solid State band. So there is plenty to discuss and listen to including their new and debut release on Solid State, "The Act" which came out in October.       SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE: The Devil Wears Prada "Dez Moines" Norma Jean "Memphis Will...

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Labeled: "The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records"

Chapter 23.2 Not only was Josh Moore focused on his goal of becoming a musician from a very early age, but he was also recognizably good as an early teenager who eventually was noticed by older kids at his school who picked him up and made him their lead singer. Finishing high school by an alternative program, Josh is touring as Beloved's frontman at 18 years old, and by 21 that journey would be over and Josh would move in a different direction musically and personally.       SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE: Beloved "Aimless Endeavor" Strongarm “These Times That Try Men’s...

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Labeled: "The Stories, Rumors, & Legends of Tooth & Nail Records"

Chapter 23.1 Beloved’s 2003 debut, "Failure On," is a legendary album in the Solid State Records catalog. They had so much in their favor: made a flawless debut record, had an incredibly promising trajectory, had all been friends since childhood, and described themselves as family, were respected in the scene that was exploding and supportive, and were a priority to the best record label in the Christian heavy music space in the middle of its most powerful moment. Dusty Redmond gives his point of view as to how after just a few tours, and amid the anticipation of the entire scene for their...

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Emery's Emery's "I'm Only a Man:" Certified Flop

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Chapter 22 The guys in Emery grew up as far from punk and underground culture as you could get. Not until their twenties did they even find out about this whole scene. But they made up for lost time, and thanks to the foundations laid by the earlier bands, the explosion of this new scene, and the peak of the Tooth & Nail merger with EMI, Emery rode a wave of success and got used to it a little too quickly.   Emeryland:       SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE: Emery "Studying Politics" Pedro the Lion "Almost There" Further Seems Forever "Pictures of Shorelines" Neon...

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Chapter 21 Dead Poetic is one of the bands that was discovered at cornerstone, and due to their hard work and dedication as kids, stepped into just the right place at just the right time.  The groundwork had been laid by the pioneers of the scene, the infrastructure was in place, and Tooth & Nail, partnered with EMI was at the top of the mountain.  Killer production, promotion, and exposure were no problem at all, and the specific sound that Dead Poetic had been developing was about to explode.  The band would achieve success, sales, and opportunities that...

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Disciple: Christian Metal with a Mission show art Disciple: Christian Metal with a Mission

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Chapter 20 When it comes to Christian heavy metal music, the band Disciple is both an ancestor and a contemporary. Kevin Young has been contributing and participating in the larger scene that we cover, for over 25 years and counting, and now is a part of the Tooth and Nail family.   AD || Zip Recruiter:        SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE: Disciple "Dear X, You Don't Own Me" Whitecross "Who Will You Follow?" Bride "Would You Die For Me" Wish for Eden "Ocean" The Blamed "Feeding the Ignorant" Disciple "Alone" Living Sacrifice "Reject" Jeremy Camp "Take My...

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Chapter 19 Mike Weiss is the guitarist from the legendary label darlings mewithoutYou. Mike’s point of view of the band is far from comprehensive, but give us some unique insight that most media coverage is not able capture, especially regarding his brother, the enigmatic frontman Aaron Weiss.   AD || Zip Recruiter:       SONGS YOU HEARD ON THIS EPISODE: mewithoutYou "January 1979" mewithoutYou "Red Cow" Audiotree Live Session twothirtyeight "There Is No Dana" Starflyer59 "Blue Colar Love" Further Seems Forever "The Moon is Down" The Operation "To Prevent Fall-Apart"...

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Chapter 3:

By the mid 90’s, Tooth and Nail Records had moved from Southern California to Seattle, where they were confronted with a scene that was not exactly welcoming to Christian rock, but the influence of that scene would play a role in Brandon’s strategy to embrace and seek artists that could be credible in the mainstream world and place them alongside others that could have mass appeal in the Christian market.

This episode explores the difficulty navigating being an artist while having to wrestle with Christianity, credibility, commerce, and the conflicting expectations of fans, parents, record labels, and the non-Christian bands that you think of as peers.

 

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Songs You Heard in this Episode:

Stavesacre "Against the Silence"
Pedro the Lion "Almost There"
Roadside Monument "Sperm Ridden Burden"
The Blamed "Walkabout"
Focused "Hurts to Ask"
Azusa "Interstellar Island"
Focused "Dead Sky"
Luxury "Bitter Once Again"
The Blamed "Feeding the Ignorant"
Frodus "Revolution"
Demon Hunter "Through the Black"