RED and Disciple at the Chain Reaction!
Parking at this little whole-in-the-wall venue was abysmal. The venue itself looked more like a drug front than a Christian rock music venue. The walls were covered in age-old bumper stickers and the place was cramped and poorly laid out. The stage sat in the front corner of the tiny room with a hallway-type floor-space leading all the way back to the bathrooms, merch table, and bar.
We arrived a few minutes after Disciple started its set. Immediately, I worried that there would be no possible way for me to see the stage. Thankfully, I found a little space next to the roadie pit where I had a sideways view of the stage. Not the ideal, but it sufficed.
Disciple had a very impressive rock sound with solid melodies and accompanying bass lines. The drummer was clearly deeply skilled and maneuvered the set like he was born with drum sticks in his tiny fists. About forty percent of the crowd yelled out the faith- and grace-praising choruses as the band members enthusiastically jumped around and sang. Approximately half way through their set, Disciple began preaching. I do not condone proselytization and this was no exception. I tuned out the extremely long speech about sins and saints until I heard Disciple start speaking about a project. Disciple and RED are raising money at every concert to pay for surgeries for children in Africa who have deformities that would prevent them from being able to work and learn and succeed. This admirable cause raised my respect for Disciple and I enjoyed the rest of the concert with an open mind.
At the end of the Disciple set, a good portion of the people flooded out of the venue, so Disciple clearly has a faithful following (pun intended). RED walked on the stage to a haunting recording and began a deeply energetic performance. Every band member created a safety hazard from the pools of sweat they dripped onto the floor yet they still unceasingly put everything they had into every song. The lead singer has an excellent voice on recording and I rejoiced when I heard no difference live. The bassist was very close to wear I was standing and that dude was no normal bassist. A normal bassist stands there, plays their guitar, and looks stoned. This guy was constantly moving and yelling and jumping. The enthusiasm put into the show clearly infected the audience because by the second song not a single person looked like they ever wanted to leave. A great concert starts, pulls you in, and shocks you when it ends; RED followed this pattern perfectly and I was deeply disappointed when the last note of the encore faded into the air.
This concert was truly amazing. Thank you so much, RED and Disciple.
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Zoe Adler is a music journalist from Long Beach, California. Besides her website, which is her pride and joy, she works with the GRAMMY Foundation and the Long Beach Independent. Additionally, Ms. Adler is a musician, spending half of her time playing the flute, piccolo, trombone, and marching baritone. She has been with TeenView Music since the very start and hopes to make something of it in the future.