Watch The New Video From Rusty Shipp!
Watch The New Video From Rusty Shipp!

10 Years Later - Pillar, 'Fireproof'

Friday, October 5, 2012

10 Years Later - Pillar, 'Fireproof'

 

I became a Christian in the year 2000.  Before that, I didn't know that Christians had their own music.  My favorite band at the time was (don't judge me) Limp Bizkit.  Yes, rapcore was cool once (honestly, I'd be down for some right now).  As I became introduced to this whole new world of Christian music, one band that caught my ear was a western Kansas band called Pillar.  And this happened: "Wow, these guys are like the Christian Limp Bizkit!"  I've since realized that we don't need that kinda stuff, but at the time, I was new to this thing.

ANYWAY, two years later, Pillar released what is easily their best album: Fireproof.  Who can forget the anthemic chorus of the title track?  "I know where I stand and what'll happen if you try it, I AM FIREPROOF!"  (Apparently I did, cause I had to look up the lyrics just now)  And how about the repeating of "In God we trust! In God we trust!" in "Indivisible."  And of course, the album's ballads were something to write home about; "A Shame" and "Further From Myself" were highlights that made you think and worship in the middle of a rock fest.  Yes, these guys had what my rapcore-loving, new Christian heart longed for.  Fireproof even tied with P.O.D. for most number of weeks for a Christian rock single to be at number one on Christian rock radio (eleven weeks; not sure if that record has been broken since then).  This is also the album that first got Pillar mainstream exposure, with a re-release of Fireproof on Geffen Records and mainstream servicing with their next album, Where Do We Go From Here.  While that album had some good songs and plenty of solid moments, it's safe to say that Fireproof, while pretty dated by today's standards, was the best work of their career.  With the band currently on an indefinite hiatus, and lead vocalist Rob Beckley working on a solo project and a new label called idefimusic, it's unknown whether they'll ever attempt to best themselves.  But as the band had changed dramatically since Fireproof, I suppose anything is possible!  Go listen to this again for a fun blast from the past.  You know you want to.....right?

-- Scott Fryberger

           
Listen to the new album from Trevor Kleinmeyer!

Search JFH



Music Out This Week

This Friday, July 19
Josh Baldwin Let the Redeemed - Single [Bethel]
Jason Crabb Day One - Single [Red Street]
Disciple Cuff the Criminal - Single [Tooth & Nail]
Jordan Feliz "Faith" Radio Version - Single [Centricity Music]
Foldinglights Subterranean Hum [7Core Music]
Gaither Vocal Band Good Things Take Time [Capitol/Gaither]
Caitie Hurst "How Could I Be Silent" Rogue Sailes Remix [Centricity Music]
Local Sound Sunday School EP [Integrity Music]
Manafest This Is Not The End - Single (independent)
Reflect Love Back (ft. Lacey Sturm) Soundtrack, Vol. 1 Digital Release (independent)
David Vaters Red Sea - Single (independent)
John Van Deusen (I Am) Origami Pt. 3 - A Catacomb Hymn [Tooth & Nail]


Next Friday, July 26
For All Seasons Questions - Single [Centricity]
Mac Powell & The Family Reunion Back Again [Thirty Tigers]
NF The Search [Capitol]
PEABOD Backpack - Single [Centricity Music]
Wolves at the Gate Eclipse [Solid State]


For all release dates, click here!
 


New Music Reviews


Listen to the new album from Matthew Ryan!

New Indie Reviews


New Movie Reviews


Free MP3 Downloads