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​Rock Rises from Idaho
Posted May 24, 2018
By NRTeamAdmin, Staff Reviewer


What You Need to Know:
Imagine if Creed, Petra and Stellar Kart somehow all had a baby. Now imagine that baby ate nothing but early-2000s youth group literature for breakfast for 16 years. The result might be new indie band 710 Split.

This rising rock star of Boise, Idaho has debuted with their album Innocence, an album sure to intrigue, entertain and remind you why we still need record labels.

What it Sounds Like:
The gritty grunge passion of "Morning News" instantly introduces you to the Creed-meets-pop-punk sound I mentioned above. But make no mistake: this album is #edgy, with songs like stank face inducing "Not Welcome" sticking it to Satan while declaring "to hell I will not go." With songs like "Innocence," the band proves they can play more than one kind of guitar--acoustic is in their repertoire as well. You know it's emotionally heartfelt when acoustic guitar gets involved. 

Spiritual/Lyrical Highlights:
This album covers the full breath of emotional woe common to suburban adolescents. "Strive" shares the deep spiritual struggle of having your friends move away, while "Crash" mourns a Bon Jovi like existence of "living on a prayer." But songs like "Eternal Love" redeem it all, closing the album with the thought "I wish my unsaved friends could know how I feel." "Hey You" might initially be taken as a girlfriend/boyfriend situation, but fortunately the band clarifies it for us nicely with the line "and by the by, I'm Jesus Christ."

The only spiritually questionable song on the album is "Uncensored." Although it sounds like male BarlowGirl, which is a point in its favor, I'm not sure it should be encouraging the uncensored use of language. Is 710 Split endorsing swearing? Unclear, but I'd steer away from this track, just in case.

Best Song on the Record:
The undeniable, self-awareness-lacking passion of "Morning News" is your perfect introduction to 710 Split.

For Fans Of: 
Creed, Petra, Coppe Cantrell

Final Word:
I've waited years to hear an album exactly like this one. Listening through Innocence was an extremely gratifying experience. At the end of the day, there's nothing like a bunch of well-intentioned young guys making music that they may not love a few years down the road, but that displays their undeniable love for Christ and Christian music. 
 

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