BELMONT ALUM YIELD OUT OF THE BOX SUCCESS ON NATIONAL DEBUT
Posted August 18, 2009
Born out of an impromptu jam session in a Belmont University dorm room, MIKESCHAIR has been cranking out tunes since its freshman formation six years ago. From the band’s first Christian music showcase at the Nashville university to signing with Curb Records in 2007 to releasing their self-titled debut, Mike, Sam, Jesse and Jon have been musically exploring faith through the lens of love since day one.
After testing Christian radio with the moody, programmed pop of “Other Side”—which peaked at a modest No. 24 on the AC charts and is ironically the record’s finest track due to its provocative lyrics, tasteful use of overdubbed violins and excellent drum sounds—MIKESCHAIR has turned a viable corner with the worship-driven single, “Can’t Take Away,” currently hovering in the Top 5.
Following suit, back-to-back disc highlights, “Let the Waters Rise” a la Coldplay and praise-perfect “Hallelujah,” capitalize on a commercial-ready formula that, though not innovative, could launch these fellas into the realm of consistent radio play given to acts such as Casting Crowns and MercyMe. If shown similar love at retail, it could potentially allow the band to choose from a radio buffet of Praise & Worship, AC and CHR if they so choose.
And yes, the worship-influenced band’s mainly-vertical lyrics often favor rhyme over substance; but from a production vantage point, MIKESCHAIR’s debut offers much more creative pounce than its predecessors.
Considering the CD’s excellent production, accessible slick rock and maturing ability, MIKESCHAIR has honed a formula for success. Here’s to continued creativity and growth on record No. 2. –Andrew Greer
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