This past weekend my brothers and I took the trek to Revelation Generation–a music festival involving bands with Christian members. Although I am thoroughly annoyed with the evangelical subculture with its t-shirts like “(front) God is not a conservative Republican (back) But he’s DEFINITELY NOT a liberal Democrat,” or the fact that similar t-shirts will never be worn outside of an evangelical setting (as I hope they aren’t!) and only if trying to offend someone, or the $1,000,000 bill Bible tracts with Ronald Regan’s face on it, or its simplistic “Gospel” messages such as “If you were the only person on earth, Jesus would’ve still died for you;” although all those things bother me for various reasons, Revelation Generation is one of the premier Christian music festivals around (and I’ve been to quite a few). Some Christian music festivals need to pick it up (*cough* Creation *cough*), but the plethora of talent of the bands at Revelation Generation is superb. There are two main stages–New York (alternative music) and Philadelphia (hard or harder rock)–and three smaller stages–Nashville (solo acts), Urban (hip-hop and the like), and Come & Live (new record company with more underground bands).
I spent most of my time at the Philadelphia stage with the “harder” bands. My favorite band The Devil Wears Prada (not the movie) was there, and that’s saying something! August Burns Red with their cornucopia of breakdowns are always inspiring. Underoath, which are big in all circles, were the finale on Friday night. Derek Webb (who I was able to talk to for 5 minutes; and, yes, he did drop the word “s***” in that one song) was the finale at the Nashville stage, which he was surprised to see he was after Jon Foreman (from Switchfoot). The New York stage invited the audience to the sounds of Relient K and Switchfoot, who both have had success outside of Christian circles. Thus, Revelation Generation did an awesome job with the lineup this year so kudos to them.
If you haven’t seen it yet, check out The Devil Wears Prada’s new music video of their song “Danger: Wildman” below.