Ah, Texas, home state of the San Antonio Spurs and the world's best picante sauce. Another reason to like Texas is because of San Antonio-based alternative rock band Abandon. Formed in 2002 and taking their name from Luke 9:23, Abandon is a 5-piece rock outfit that will have you wondering why major labels aren't looking more towards the underground scene for new and exciting talent like this. The band's latest EP Ambush is practically all self-produced with the assistance of Tavis Wilson (Panic Division, Forever Is Never).
Though 7 songs may seem rather short, the album in question is far from being a boorish effort. For starters, the smooth and melodic sounds of "Cover Me" convey a simple message of one crying out to God to cover him with His blood as he vows not to fail the Lord again. A lot of pop elements combined with solid rock hooks accentuate "Surrender" and "Find A Way," which some might think was influenced by Acceptance, which should be no surprise as Acceptance is counted as one of Abandon's favorite bands. The rhythm pattern of Ambush takes a slightly heavier turn with "Running" and "Everything" while creating masterful instrumental arrangements. What makes the album even more unique is that the closer, "Waiting For," tones the tempo down heavily, but carries on a prolific message of urging the listener to make a difference in the world instead of waiting for the world to change on its own.
Abandon's mission statement is abundantly clear throughout the entire album. As stated by the band's drummer Dave, "We have a purpose and know that we need to be a light in the darkness, raise our voices, and share the love of Christ." If that alone is not proof enough that these guys are worth spending a few dollars or more for their music, then some listeners may not have the same motivation as others when it comes to purchasing great music from bands who love the Lord. Make no mistake, Abandon is a pop/rock band that pulls no punches and presents straightforward, in-your-face lyrics with well-polished musical accompainment.- Review date: 7/12/05, written by Paul Portell
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