Music: an expression of humanity, escape, a soundtrack to life, deep passion….
The Fear of God, the new album from Showbread did come out today.
Showbread has always seemed like a band I should really be into. I mean they’re in that post-hardcore/post-punk/loud, fast, rock genre that I enjoy. They’re slightly controversial in lyrical content, which means I should fawn over them. But I don’t. I’ve always been too bored with them. Of course their are songs I like but the albums have never struck me as anything special or worth my attention.
But Fear of God captures something different. It’s fast, loud, meaningful, soulful, heart-wrenching, and just good. Not great but good. You’d put this on your car for a Sunday afternoon joyride or on while running. But at it’s core is so much more then just a rock album (and it is a rock album). Lyrically the album revolves around the theme that man is evil and the world is a pretty messed up place and only God can save us, which I think is bested showed in the album’s title track (and in my opinion the best track on the album period).
“Dear God, why should I think You’re good in a world that’s falling apart?
The flags and lies, picket signs raised high, the endless enveloping dark
Now here we sit, drifting further from You, two thousand years on their way out
Now here I am, as I’ve grown to know You, still haunted by my fears and my doubts
Just a man, just a vapor, just a waste of your space
All the good that I’ve done is in spite of myself
I’m not sure that I can look You in Your face when I finally set foot in Your kingdom
Dear God, what went wrong? We hate ourselves, we hate our brother
We so desperately want to find our way, and all You say is “love one another”
And little babies starve to death, emaciated, out of breath
Unfaithful wives make vows untrue, husbands beat them black and blue
Junkies vomit in the streets, writhing, twitching in their skin
Sell themselves to die some more, rotting from the outside in
Parents steal the innocence from their children, scared and shaking
Drink away the guilt at night, brings quiet to the endless aching
And evil men boast on TV, swimming in a sea of wealth
While misery beds honest men, and lonely people kill themselves
And everyone cries out Your name, as the world is raped by selfishness
And no one knows the way to heaven, we only know the emptiness
And the storm it rages in my heart, and the endless empty roars in my ears
My world is coming all apart, I’ve no strength left to dry my tears
And through it all I hear Your voice, breaking my heart, breaking my will
Calms the storm inside my soul as You whisper “peace, be still…”
You place Your hands around my heart, You quiet the emptiness in me
A king that kneels, a God made a servant, You set the captives free
You wait for me, a wretch of a man, no record of wrongs do You keep
You are comfort when I mourn, You are strength when I am weak
Jesus Christ, the king of kings
Though we ache, though we cry, never break, never die
We sing of His great love again and again
And His love reigns forever, and forevermore
Forever and ever, Amen”
It’s really all I can say about the record. It’s fast, loud, energetic. It makes me want to go back and go through the Showbread catalog and I look forward to more from Showbread in the future. But I will continue to enjoy and spin this album. Check out “The Fear of God”.