Modern rock band, Sixteen Cities, has signed with Centricity Music and is scheduled to release their self-titled debut April 20, 2010. The project was produced by Jason Ingram (Meredith Andrews, Tenth Avenue North), Rusty Varenkamp (Bebo Norman, Rush of Fools) and Steve Wilson (Hawk Nelson, Leeland). The project will be distributed by EMI Distribution.
Click here to add a video. Click to add lyrics if not listed.
Sixteen Cities| Posted June 13, 2010
Centricity Music’s second artist to debut this year is Portland-based, pop/rock act Sixteen Cities. The five-piece band took its name from the inheritance of the tribe of Issachar (Joshua 19), which according to 1 Chronicles 12:32 were “men that had understanding of the times.” Sixteen Cities’ debut doesn’t stick to a particular theme, but it is relevant to both the churched and unchurched.
“Just Wanna Dance” is the perfect opener. While the title may come off as whimsical, the song is quite meaningful. The heart of the song comes out of Matthew 18:3, “And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’”
Shifting gears from jovial pop to melancholy rock, “Save Me From Myself” longs for God to soften a hardened heart. “Sing Along” is another standout, sure to be an instant CHR hit if released to radio. The worshipful lyrics awe at the magnificence and power of God, “I love the way the stars shine for You/And every single mountain bows down/I love the way the universe is singing Your song/So I’ll try to sing along.”
“Come As You Are” is written as a personal conversation between man (verses) and God (chorus and bridge). It’s a great message for the unsaved, that is, you don’t have to be perfect to come before God. Acoustic-driven “Innocent” expands on the idea in the previous song, “I can’t believe You take as I am/And I’m on my knees begging for forgiveness/I know I’m guilty but You make me innocent.”
Sixteen Cities also touches on self-worth, certainly a relevant topic with today’s generation. The power ballad “Someone’s Work of Art” emphasizes that every person is valuable to God, “You are someone’s work of art/Just the way you are/And you’re shining like the stars tonight.” “Bleeding For You” is similar in theme, giving hope and a sense of purpose to listeners, “You are more than a heart simply beating.”
Overall, this is a solid debut. Some songs blend together in spots, but the messages are powerful and uplifting. Sixteen Cities lives up to its name, every song on the album is relevant to today’s generation.
The Centricity label continues to pursue, sign and acquire distribution for overlooked, yet obviously committed, talented young bands. April sees the release of their most recent find, modern pop/rock act Sixteen Cities. The band’s self-titled debut is a collection of airwave-ready music sure to tickle the ears of music-lovers everywhere.
The guys from Sixteen Cities earns an easy comparison to Relient K’s Matt Thiessen and company, especially projects from earlier in their catalog. There’s a distinct playfulness and youthful yearning that characterizes the band’s music, sans the cynicism or angst that tends to creep into longer-lived bands’ repertoires.
Sixteen Cities music is fun & filled with catchy melodies, yet their lyrics are tempered by a maturity & spiritual self-awareness. If Everyday Sunday, Hawk Nelson, Nevertheless, Run Kid Run and Stellar Kart are favorites, check into Sixteen Cities.
AMAZING| Posted June 02, 2010
Sixteen Cities is an amazing band with amazing music. I cannot get enough of their music. I think it really speaks to people. There is not one song on this album that is just okay. They all are amazing.