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Children 18:3, I Am Empire rock The Warehouse

posted Mar 27, 2011, 12:44 PM by Sarah Brehm   [ updated Apr 3, 2011, 11:58 AM ]

From a piano, to electronic computer loops, to flaming cymbals, last night, The Warehouse had it all, except for a sell-out crowd. Perhaps Chattanooga isn’t ready for a Christian punk band; but if that’s the case, then something needs to change.


Kicking off the night was Standing Small, a great piano rock band from Knoxville. With sounds similar to Cool Hand Luke, Deas Vail, and Coldplay, Standing Small was a pleasure to listen to. “I really like the new Warehouse,” said lead singer Ryan Fletcher. “I hope people will get in the habit of coming down here and supporting it.”

The music took an unexpected shift with the next artist, Tyler Melashenko. He sang. Jason Dobbs played drums. And a computer provided the infectious electronic loops that ranged from pop, rock, and even a bit of rap. Melanshenko was highly entertaining. The only problem was that the computer glitched a few times, so songs had some unexpected pauses in them. But that’s the fun of live show.


This is Luke, from Jamestown, Tennessee, played next. They were a wonderful worship rock band that reminded me of David Crowder Band. Their songs had a complexity that proved they are talented musicians, especially the lead guitarist, Jeremy Campbell, who filled The Warehouse with ethereal sounds.


I Am Empire took the stage next with a loud rock sound and catchy melodies. Animated lead singer, Austin Lyons, bounced around the stage as he sang several songs, including “Brain Damage” from their newly released album, Kings. This is their sophomore album, but first on Tooth & Nail Records. Tooth & Nail was smart to sign I Am Empire—if they continue to write great rock music and build their fanbase, they’re sure to go far.


The night ended with the always entertaining punk band Children 18:3, whose name originates from Matthew 18:3—“Then He said, ‘I tell you the truth, you must change and become like little children. Otherwise, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’” (New Century Version). With the lights turned down, the drummer, Seth, lit the cymbals on fire. And as the first note of the guitar blared through the speakers, Seth banged on the flaming cymbals creating two large fireballs. Now that’s the way to start a show!


Comprised of siblings, David, Seth, and Leemarie Hostetter, they began their set with “All My Balloons” from their self-titled debut album. They immediately jumped into “Oh, Bravo” from Rain’s A Comin’. This is my favorite song of theirs. It tells the story of a little girl at a talent show. In the first verse, the girl is standing backstage and peeks out the corner of the curtain to see hear her family shout “Oh bravo! You’re the best!” In the second verse, the girl is watching all the other kids perform their acts and begins to think that her song isn’t as impressive. Clearly these kids deserve the praise “Oh bravo! You’re the best!” In the final verse, the girl is running off the stage crying, and all she wants to do is go home when she sees her dad who says, “Oh bravo! You’re the best. You’re my only one….Look at me. You’re song was beautiful.” It’s just such a happy song.


They continued to play a mixture of songs from both their albums. They even played a new song, titled “Bandits.” So even though Rain’s A Comin’ came out last year, perhaps a new album isn’t that far away.


“We like the new Warehouse better,” said guitarist David with a smile. “Yes, thank you Casey for letting us play here,” added bassist Leemarie.  


Though the crowd was small, they were there to support Children 18:3 with singing, dancing, and just having a fun time.


The next time Children 18:3 play at The Warehouse, I expect a bigger crowd. You really won’t be disappointed; it’s time for Chattanooga to embrace the punk.
Words by: Sarah Brehm
Photos by: Sarah Brehm and Rick Brehm
 Standing Small
Tyler Melanshenko 
 I Am Empire
Children 18:3