As many of my fellow Americans, I have gone through the motions of iPod upgrades. But recently I stumbled upon my iPod Classic and decided to plug it in. After waiting several minutes and resisting the urge to treat the screen as touch sensitive, I was able to talk a walk down music memory lane.
Two years ago, my computer hard drive crashed and I lost everything. Subsequently I lost a lot of music. As I scrolled through the ancient (it’s four years old) iPod I rediscovered one of my favorite bands on the entire planet, Wavorly.
My guess, is that very few people have ever heard of this band. For one, they fall into genre limbo. They are a band, whose members happen to be Christians, but their lyrics are blatantly religious. So, they aren’t “Christian” enough for Christian radio and they’re “too Christian” for mainstream. But this is another story altogether.
Besides being ignored and passed off as music not deserving of respect, their career as a band was minimal. In their time, they release one full-length album, an EP (extended play) and a farewell collection. That’s it. And it’s a tragedy.
Since none of you have heard of them, pretend I’m talking about a favorite band of yours that never seemed to take off as you hoped. The sad story is so common among bands who actually write their own music and need sales in order to survive.
Wavorly, who has release two previous albums under the name Freshman 15, released their first full-length album, Conquering the Fear of Flight, produced by Flicker Records. The first time I listened to this album, I was captivated.
Their style was unique, the Intro transports you to another era, reminiscent of film soundtracks for Victorian England inspired films. But also sounding similar to Panic! at the Disco. All the while incorporating the themes of C.S. Lewis’ “The Great Divorce” without it seeming like it. (Everyone should be ashamed now for rocking out to Justin Bieber right now.)
After the release of Conquering the Fear of Flight in 2007, the band went silent. It’s unfortunate, but it happens. Slowly I forgot about them. After I stopped using my old iPod, they simply became a band I once listened to.
In a time where songs titled “Stupid Hoe” can make the top 100 on the charts, our society is in desperate need for music that has substance. Songs that require thought and ingenuity are a lost art. Instead, the music we are forced to endure stays catchy and shallow.
While there is a time and a place for catchy and shallow, there is a vital need for music that truly pushes the boundaries, and I don’t mean the ones that compete to see how many poor radio edits it can get.