REVIEW: I Found God - "What Now?"

By Mike Ventarola

Chain Border

What Now?I Found God is a West Coast phenomenon that is about to be unleashed yet again to the general public with an inclusion of the song Christmas Dreaming in the forthcoming movie The Grinch starring Jim Carey. The band has also had 2 songs on The Young and the Restless, 1 song in Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers, plus 4 songs and a cameo in the ABC movie of the week The Devils Child, starring Kim Delany.

In addition to regular tours, and compilation appearances, this band has participated in numerous competitions where Christy has been top contender for best vocalist. All one needs to do is listen to the fire and fury coupled with the appropriate soulful angst which drives this band's sound to fully agree. Christy is one of those vocalists who manages to wrap herself around a lyric with the most powerful raw energy and explosive vocal styles which periodically waxes as a cross between Pat Benatar, Janis Joplin and Tina Turner. No listener can come away without feeling the punch that she evokes from each note whether she is doing a rock ballad or an all out metal assault. Her singing style and vocal range dares you not to pay attention.

It was due to good fortune and scouting around the wonderful Internet site CDBaby (http://www.cdbaby.com) where this band was initially located. The band name was a bit startling, but let me assure you this is not a religious rock band in any sense of the word. The cover photo of a Jesus statue, with a one hundred dollar bill across his mouth while he points to his heart that is in the shape of the world, is imagery enough to know where they stand on that score. In any event, ambivalence was set aside and after hearing their music, I was so impressed that I bought their entire body of work that was available.

Typically, this reviewer does not lean towards heavy metal as a musical preference. However, when a young lady such as Christy is behind the microphone teaching the boy bands how it should be done, one cannot help but sit up and take notice. The band describes themselves as "blending a heavy, guitar-based sound with soulful, raw female vocals - imagine Janis Joplin preaching at the altar of Soundgarden to the chorus of Smashing Pumpkins," which really sums it all up. Hearing their music online is NOTHING compared to actually having it on your stereo or headset.

I Found God consistently maintains a strong musical identity with a committed do-it-yourself work ethic not unlike that of indie pioneers Sonic Youth and Fugazi. The band currently has 3 CD's available at Cdbaby as well as a DAM CD on MP3.com at www.mp3.com/ifoundgod, to the delight of the many fans they have acquired over the years..

If you like your rock to be passionate and raw with some of the most expertly delivered vocals and timely lyrics to have been recorded in this genre in years, then you owe it to yourself to dive into the world of I Found God.

Contact Information:
Post: Outcast Entertainment, 7095 Hollywood Boulevard #394, Hollywood, CA 90028
Web: http://www.tarecords.com/ifoundgod.html

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