We were in Miami Florida, facing the conclusion to a six-week tour with Pillar and Tyler Read when Ivory told me he was leaving. About an hour before we would go on that night, I was sitting in the van by myself, what I was doing I can’t recall, and it all ended much like the way it began.
A little while after ivory told me he would be going, he explained that there have only been two other times when God had spoken to him so clearly. When he was younger, he told me, he had clearly heard Jesus tell him “Come and know me”, and he did so obediently. As a junior in high school, he knew that Jesus was telling him “Go and serve me with Showbread.” And he was obedient once again. And now, ten years later, the voice of his beloved God called to him again. This time the words were bittersweet as Jesus told him “Your work with Showbread is finished”.
When we were in elementary school, ivory and I spent most of our time with our friend Paul Carrington, playing “American Gladiator” and laughing at farts. I remember vividly when he was sitting next to me in our ninth grade P.E. class asking me if he could be a part of Showbread. Then, all this time later, it was just he and I again when he told me his time was up.
We don’t yet know the reason why God has called Ivory away from the band. He tells me that one morning during that tour he was up early, spending time with the God he has loved so much as to follow his voice, and to his dismay, that very voice called him to give up what is most dear to him.
When that tour started, I was reading a book by Andrew Murray called Absolute Surrender. One morning in North Carolina I led a bible study in which I asked my band mates if they were prepared to give up anything and everything for the God we serve. I asked myself if I would brave enough to give up what is most dear to me if God asked this of me, not knowing if I could.
Weeks later, God asked this very thing of Ivory.
With tears in his eyes he told me that he did not understand why his time was ending, but he had to follow where his good Sheppard led him, and my heart broke. I had always believed that in the end, I would take the final bow with Showbread with my brothers who were there when it all began.
So the seven of us sat in the van that night eventually, wondering what we would do and what our life as Showbread would be like without someone who had been so important to it since the very beginning. But more so, we were all inspired beyond words at Ivory’s example of loving obedience to his God, whom he willingly follows away from the only life he has known for a decade.
And so, after every incarnation, lineup and change Showbread has ever known, every wonderful day and horrible trial, all the friends we’ve made and places we’ve been, every second of laughter and joy and every incredible aspect of this adventure we have made our lives, Ivory Mobley will perform for the last time with Showbread in May at this year’s Cornerstone Florida. Though he moves on into the unfamiliar and terrifying territory known as “The Real World”, he remains just as much a part of the heart and soul of Showbread as he did when it all began in 1997. And with pain and joy, we press on with a missing member, but with a fire in our hearts to serve our Jesus.
Tae, you are an inspiration to us and we love you with all our hearts.
Josh Dies and Showbread
April 2nd, 2007
Georgia based rock band Showbread released No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Pratical back in 2004 and listeners praised it as being a new bread of hardcore / screamo, better know as “Raw Rock” as the band stated at the time. With their sophomore album, Age of Reptiles, the band builds off their success of No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Pratical, but this time with less screaming (a lot less) and more passion for God.
When it comes time for the Age of Reptiles, that must mean reptiles like to dance a lot because this album lacks the screaming that the bands previous album built on and goes for straight up dance rock. Synths… Check. Catchy guitars… Check. All of the elements are there for catchy rock album, but is that what Showbread fans are wanting to hear? The album starts out with a set of catchy tracks such as “Pachycephalosaurus,” and “Oh! Emetophobia!” and builds on lyrics not only of reptiles but influences from God. This sounds like quite the mix to dance and rock out to at the same time doesn’t it. You have to take Showbread’s word for it when they say they didn’t want to recreate the same album as last time because they certainly didn’t do that. No Sir, Nihilism Is Not Pratical is one of those albums you’re happy to own because every time you listen to it you say to yourself, “this is something different, something I’m going to remember.” Now the Age of Reptiles isn’t exactly a sophomore slump, but what can a fan ask for in a once hardcore / screamo band that has changed their style? “Sing Me To Sleep” for example doesn’t seem to work for Showbread. The songs sing-along lyrics and catchy melody may get stuck in your head for a little bit but most fans will skip this track in favor of something a little more up-beat. “Centipede Sisters” is smothered with a great electronic intro and follows with a simple yet head bobbing guitar part. But overall I find myself missing songs like “A Llama Eats A Giraffe (And Vice Versa)” which had a lot more feeling to them then almost all of the tracks on this album.
Some fans will be disappointed, and others may like the direction the band took with this album. I for one will probably not be playing this album as much as No Sir, Nihilisim Is Not Pratical. It lacks the replay power that so many first albums have from bands such as Showbread.
1. Naked Lunch
3. Your Owls are Hooting
4. Oh! Emetophobia!
5. Sing Me To Sleep
6. George Romero Will Be At Our Wedding
7. The Jesus Lizard
8. Centipede Sisters
9. Dinosaur Bones
10. Age Of Reptiles
A recent negative buzz around christian rock back Showbread has lead them to write a response (scroll to the bottom).
Showbread has posted a new song titled “Naked Lunch” on their PureVolume page. Their new album Age of Reptiles will be out August 1st.
Roses Are Red have announced some new tourdates for July/August. You can also stream their new video for “Failing” over at Alternative Press.
w/ Bedlight For Blue Eyes, Far-Less, The Panic Division
July 21 – Hackensack, NJ @ School Of Rock
July 22 – Danbury, CT @ Empress Ballroom
July 23 – Lancaster, PA @ American Legion
July 24 – Danville, VA @ TBA
July 25 – Virginia Beach, VA @ TBA
July 26 – Greensboro, NC @ The Flying Anvil
July 27 – Wytheville, VA @ The Clinic
July 28 – Raleigh, NC @ The Brewery
July 30 – Akron, OH @ The Orange Street
August 1 – Crown Point, IN @ On The Square Sports Academy
August 2 – Detroit, MI @ TBA
August 3 – Pittsburgh, PA @ TBA
August 4 – Rochester, NY @ Water Street Music Hall
August 5 – Honesdale, PA @ Joey C’s
w/ A Change Of Pace, Showbread
August 19 – West Palm Beach, FL @ Ray’s Downtown Blues
August 21 – Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbit’s
August 22 – Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
August 29 – Bound Brook, NJ @ Hamilton Street Cafe
August 30 – Amityville, NY @ Village Pub South
August 31 – New York, NY @ Knitting Factory
September 2 – Allston, MA @ ICC Church
September 5 – Nashua, NH @ Nashua VFW
September 8 – Buffalo, NY @ The Buffalo Icon
September 9 – Oswego, NY @ Ozone
September 12 – Detroit, MI @ Shelter at St. Andrews
September 13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Skelletones
September 15 – Madison, WI @ The Journey
More dates will be announced shortly.
I just arrived back home from being at Cornerstone in IL all week. It was a great experience and I hope to go again in the future. I’ll have a review of the week up shortly but for now I have a bunch of news from the festival, some may be new some may be old but they are all great things!
Lovedrug will be releasing an EP this fall to go along with their fall tour. Their new full length is scheduled for a February 07 release.
Copeland will release their new album this Halloween.
Showbread will release their new album “Age of Reptiles” on August 1st. You can check out their new video for their first single “Oh! Emetophobia!” here.
Jonezetta can put on an amazing show. To get ready for their new album download 4 songs here.
mewithoutYou will release their new album on September 26th.
Relient K played a new song that sounded amazing. The band will be heading back to Los Angeles to continue recording their new album next week.
Underoath played possibly their longest set ever on this years main stage. Their set included a mix of old and new songs including a first live performance of several tracks off their new album.
Lakes (prev: Watashi Wa, Eager Seas) will release their new album this fall through The Militia Group.
Here are some great bands to check out:
You can catch some live videos, pictures and more from the festival here.