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The Orange County Supertones - www.supertones.com
These guys are probably my favourite band. They have really come along way since their first album. Their style started with ska but it's changed somewhat through their various albums with the fifth studio record (Revenge of the O.C. Supertones) returning somewhat to their roots. The Supertones have never pulled punches when it comes to speaking of their faith. Every song is directly about God and our relationship to Him in our day to day walk. Personally I think they've got the most solid lyrical content of any of the artists in the heavier genres (and many of the lighter genres too).
Relient K - www.relientk.com
A fun and energetic band that looks like it has a great time playing punk/pop. These guys are a talented bunch! A good mixture of cleverly woven serious and silly lyrics, excellent vocals, and rocking music that isn't too light or too heavy. Their later albums introduce piano into the mix (courtesy of Matt T.) and also feature some vocals that are slighty more raw than the smoother sounds of old.
Pillar - www.pillarmusic.com
Pillar has a darker and grimmer edge to it than some of my other music. Pillar's lyrics are hard-hitting and serious. Unfortunately they seem to being getting more vague with time. Their first CD's lyrics are decidedly more blatent than those of their third CD. Hopefully this isn't a growing trend... Some of the hard rock artists allow the forceful music to drown the lyrics (or scream/growl them in such a way they are unintelligable), but I think Pillar achieves a pretty good balance that lets the listener understand most of the words without having to pull out the CD booklet. Rob does give the occational extended hollar for emphasis but it is not overdone IMHO.