New San Diego-based Sparrow artist, Something Like Silas, launches its critically acclaimed brand of alternative rock-worship today with Divine Invitation.
With its name inspired by a passage in Acts (6:23-34), Something Like Silas is a band of culturally in-tune rockers determined to close the gap between the passionate adoration of Christ and the passionate performance of exciting, moving, artful music. Capturing the passion, the national debut was produced and engineered respectively by heralded alternative rock veterans and The Choir members, Steve Hindalong (City On A Hill) and Derri Daugherty.
Here is how the critics are already responding to the music and the band:
“… Divine Invitation is a breath of fresh air among an avalanche of stale worship acts. The five-piece band cut its teeth in front of a live audience, as it serves as the worship band at its local church. Straight out of San Diego, Something Like Silas crafts alterna-worship along the lines of Delirious and The Benjamin Gate, while frontman Eric M. Owyoung’s earnest voice carries the same intensity as San Diego neighbor and Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman’s.” – Seven Ball Magazine
“A fine debut from this modern-rock, church-based worship band. The four guys and gal serve up passionate alt-rockers and plaintive ballads…Richer production and instrumentation than many worship albums…with no sugarcoated lyrics (think psalms).” – Youthworker Journal
“It’s good to hear rock and roll again. In a time where “modern worship” has a decidedly pop leaning, West Coast band Something Like Silas brings us straight up rock and roll in all of the varied forms that the art form has integrated into itself in the last decade…Something Like Silas brings something unique to the ministry of worship – a worship that is, in a sense, naked, fully unafraid of lyrics that haunt and inspire, often at the same time...I’ve never heard a worship record that so wisely and powerfully incorporates the dark somber times of faith into life-altering praise. It’s obvious that the band has the technical skills, but also an anointing to bring healing to souls longing for God.” – worshipnotes.org
Known up and down the West Coast and beyond for its live worship experience, the band performs a CD release event tonight at a large mainstream club in San Diego, SOMA, and continues its release week tour in Los Angeles (Orange, CA 6/16), San Jose (Los Gatos, CA 6/18), Sacramento (6/19) and more.
While touring heavily this summer and fall, the band can still be found leading worship most Sundays for nearly 3,000 people at the emerging church in San Diego called Flood, a church they helped found four years ago. The band also recently returned from a mission trip with Flood, playing for over 100,000 people at soccer stadiums in Malawi, Africa.