Yes, my favorite band is named after a frying pan. I am pretty sure that I heard John Cooper say once that he hates the name. I have been following them since college when I saw them play for a "back to school" event. They have really changed a lot over the course of those 12 years and 7 albums. As a matter of fact, they started out as a 3 person band of college guys and now they are a four person band with two girls and John is the only original member. But the change has always brought better things for the band.
The latest video out is Hero. The first time I heard this song, I wasn't sure I liked it. But since seeing the video, it is growing on me. I really like the concept with the soldier, the surgeon, and the cop (fire fighter?). And that one line is the song, "A hero lives inside of me," while it took me off guard, really moves me. I have really never thought of Jesus as a hero, but if you look at the definition of a hero, Jesus is the ultimate Hero.
I am especially impressed with the new drummer, Jenn (well, new since Jan '08). She really holds her own. I can't believe she is only 19. That voice is awesome! But, I really hope that it doesn't mean that Kory won't sing with her husband as much. Her voice is different, not as strong, but I like it.
I am also liking their new video for Monster, but it's a lot heavier, so I won't post it here. (You can click to it if you want.) But I must confess that I have no idea what either the song or the video is getting at. I do love the last scene where John takes Kory's hand. I think it is awesome for a husband and wife to work together so much and have such awesome chemistry. I was really excited to hear this on a VERY secular station last week. They could easily reach people who listen to that genre of hard rock music. Sort of like Stryper in the late 80s. (Mmmmm. Spandex. . .)
Soooooo sad that I have to miss the concert this year because it falls on the same day as my Bradley instructor training.