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Godrocks Gadrock, featuring Decyfer Down

posted May 16, 2011, 2:11 PM by Sarah Brehm

The second annual Godrocks Gadrock in Gadsden, Alabama, was held on May 15 in the Gadsden Convention Hall. Presented by Brandon Murray and the Gadsden First United Methodist Church, Godrocks Gadrock featured five regionally local bands and the headliner, Grammy-nominated Decyfer Down from North Carolina.


The Screaming Prayer pre-show started with the heavy metal band Mightier Than I followed by metal band Jerolyn—this band had some sick guitar playing with fast, high-pitched solos that is a necessity in metal.


The sound shifted away from metal and into melodic rock with Nothing More Than This. Though their sound was softer than the first two bands, this doesn’t mean they didn’t rock. Nothing More Than This is a band to watch—with a sound similar to RED and Skillet, and a new album on the way. This was actually their first show in several months. Last November, all their equipment was stolen!


Noisegate, a pop-rock band with a slight influence of punk, played next. They played several songs, incluing “Start the Revlotion,” a fun, energetic song that should have riled up the crowd, but the crowd seemed rather dead, not just for Noisegate, but for the whole night. Also, Noisegate covered “You Belong With Me” by Taylor Swift. I’m not entirely sure why, but why not, right?


Another band to watch is A Love Not Lost, out of Atlanta. Lead singer Nathan Mooney tried to get the audience hyped-up, but it was a challenging crowd. Melodic, heavy, progressive, A Love Not Lost has a mixture of everything—even Ke$ha. Yes, they performed “Tik-tok”—edited a bit, of course. But even that didn’t get the crowd very excited.


A Love Not Lost ended their set with a cover of “How He Loves” by John Mark Mcmillan. I needed this. I was tired (I had been in Knoxville the night before), was thinking about the 2-hour drive home, and I was just ready to heard Decyfer Down and leave. But then the guitar broke into the familiar hymn and I put my camera away, closed my eyes, and remembered the reason why I came to Gadsden—it wasn’t simply to hear rock music—it was to worship. Nathan Mooney forced the crowd to keep singing “How He loves us, oh how He loves us” over and over, till we were nearly shouting it. It was a wonderful moment of pure worship.


Decyfer Down blasted onto the stage with the song “Now I’m Alive.” For a brief moment I thought they had a new lead singer because TJ Harris cut his hair short! Guitarist Brandon Mills represented another favorite band of mine by wearing a The Letter Black t-shirt. Decyfer Down played with a maturity that only comes with experience—in their case, just over ten years of writing and performing music. I had a blast rocking out as they played hit singles like “No Longer,” “Crash,” “Fading,” and “Ride With Me.” TJ Harris took up is acoustic guitar and entertained us with a cover of “Simple Man” by Lynryd Skynryd and “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi.


After the show, drummer Josh Oliver mentioned this was their last show until August. What’s Decyfer Down’s summer plans? Recording! I am eagerly awaiting Decyfer Down’s third studio album—it will rock, it will rock hard!

Decyfer Down "No Longer" live at Godrocks Gadrock

Words by: Sarah Brehm
Pictures and Video by: Sarah Brehm
Mightier Than I
Nothing More Than This
Chris Clonts, Decyfer Down
Josh Oliver and TJ Harris, Decyfer Down

Decyfer Down "Now I'm Alive" Godrocks Gadrock


Decyfer Down "Ride With Me" live at Godrocks Gadrock