Roaming the eastern Midwest of America is a band by the name of Goodnight Wednesday. They are a pop-punk from Columbus, Ohio who just released their first full length studio album, The American Nightmare.
As it is painfully clear here in the West the “Christian music culture,” is in shambles. It is truly a train-wreck. Music for the most are collections of liturgical nightmares and self prescribed God complexes. Thus, no one but uptight, rich, conservative Christians only are aware of these horror cases.
Yet, here emerges this small punk band from Columbus, Ohio with liturgical genius and anti-establishment mentality.
The American Nightmare is a compilation of songs clearly dedicated to heroes such as Bad Religion and MxPx with a dose of post-fundamental theology to get things shaking in the Christian music industry.
Contrary to what some may feel, this album, of varying length songs, expands to great lengths to exploit not only an unhealthy meshing of Church and state but the ever so present notion of ignorant nationalism. The large overtones in the theme of this album were to recognize that materialism and dual allegiance is a huge down fall in the message they are trying to play here.
The American Nightmare in and of itself is the rebirth of anti-establishment albums such as: Bad Religion’s The Empire Strikes First, MxPx’s Teenage Politics and Pennywise’s Land of the Free? .
The purpose of this album from the Prologue to the (album-titled song) American Nightmare I was accomplished. New World Odor, God vs. Politics, Army of the Living Dead, Worth Dying For, Oroku Saki (The Reckoning) and Standing in the Prodigal Sun all play the role of not only breaking down the current system of state, liturgy and fundamentalism but rebuild the notion the Christians can be in a band, but not solely have the ideal of what the industry wants.
Other songs such as Let’s Kill Our Kids, Mouth Like an Open Grave, The Ballad of Tatty Higgins, and Twilight in America, and all have their place on this album. These songs are the backbone to sticking it to the Christian music industry and Christian culture in general.
So, Ryan, Samuel and DJ, I commend you.
Way to come out with a cause and stick it where it doesn’t belong.
Without a question buy this album. Twice. Goodnight Wednesday have a post-fundamental view of an industry that is wrapped in a greco-Roman culture.
So if you are looking for music that kicks you in the face and rebels against the current culture this album is for you. And if the last album you bought was Michael W Smith 2 then this album is more for you than anyone else. Expand your mind and your music and buy this album.