Alternative Press magazine’s “Unsigned Band of the Month” (Dec. 2008), Indianapolis-based pop-punk band Same As Sunday releases its highly anticipated 7-song EP, Earn Your Stripes.
Having recently wrapped up a year’s worth of 150+ tour dates with band’s including INO recording artist Stellar Kart and Gotee Records act Abandon Kansas, Same As Sunday sustains its momentum with the follow up to last summer’s The Dollar For Dollar EP. Inspired by lead singer Chris Bauchle’s deployment with the United States Air Force for Operation Enduring Freedom this fall, Earn Your Stripes reflects Same As Sunday’s desire to live a life of purpose, serving God, spreading His Word, and encouraging others to do the same.
Featuring honest lyrics and an insatiably catchy sound brimming with frenetic musical energy, Earn Your Stripes has a broad range of appeal. Songs include the thought-provoking, call-to-action anthem “Roads?,” “The Opposite of Two,” which reflects on a painful breakup, and “Exits and Entrances,” about betrayal by a close friend.
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No If's, And's Or Breakdowns
Earn Your Stripes
Roads? Where We're Going, We Don't Need Roads.
Same As Sunday| Posted February 02, 2011
After listening to Earn Your Stripes, it’s hard to believe that Same As Sunday is unsigned. This Indianapolis-based band has perfected the punk/rock sound that draws similarities to MxPx and Relient K (in their earlier years). Although, Same As Sunday puts their own spin on the punk/rock sound, adding elements typically found in metalcore music- breakdowns on the tongue-in-cheek “No If’s, And’s, Or Breakdowns” and growls on “Only You Can Prevent Forest Fires.”
There isn’t really an overarching theme on Earn Your Stripes, other than the songs are about experiences that most people encounter on life’s journey. Frontman Chris Bauchle writes in a way that both believers and non-believers will be able to relate to and hopefully take something away from. Perhaps their most poignant and overt song on the EP is the title-track, which was inspired by Bauchle’s upcoming deployment with Operation Enduring Freedom. “Earn Your Stripes” talks about putting your full trust in God- “It’s kill or be killed, so seize the day/If God is for us who can stand in our way?”
Same As Sunday offers a perfect balance of light-hearted and thoughtful music with Earn Your Stripes. If you’re a fan of the punk/rock genre, you will love this album.