I am always on the lookout for new bands to listen to. Sometimes it feels like an eternity passes between finding one new band and the next, but then again, that could also be because I can be a little picky about my music. In those rare instances when I DO manage to find a new band, I’m just happy or excited I found something new to add to my music library. Still, there are those even rarer instances yet, where I’m every bit as eager and excited to let others know about these bands as well because I think they’ve really got something special and I’m eager to see how God uses them in the future. I’ve been fortunate enough to have come across one such band recently and have every expectation of seeing them blow up in the near future. Indie Vision Music readers, I introduce to you, Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.
Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh is an all female band based out of St. John’s, FL. The band is made up of 3 sisters, CJ (17, plays lead guitar and does lead vocals), Maggie (15, on bass and keys, also on lead vocals), and Lulu (12, on drums). The girls have dubbed themselves “Beautycore”, which is a mix of hard rock and metalcore, played exclusively by women. Now, if you know me at all, you know how I just can’t deal with all the new “core”s popping up everyday, but after giving their album a solid listen, I guess I’ll let it slide…but just this once!
From all indications, the band isn’t at all about remaining confined to the four walls of the church, but to actually go out and perform wherever opportunity to do so may arise and this is a theme that is reflected in the lyrics; they’re honest and relatable regardless of where you find yourself, whether you’re a believer, unbeliever, seeker, doubter, or whatever…there is something there for everyone. Musically, the deeper I’d dig, the more and more impressed I became. The girls have a very hard rock sound that, in my honest opinion, can easily go toe to toe with just about any of the other artists/bands out there today. After a good listen through, there’s no question, these girls got serious skill and I don’t mean “for their age”, but in the overall scheme of things. Yes, they are obviously a younger band, no question, but if they’re at this level writing/recording/performing now, I can’t wait to see what the future holds for them.
Vocally, I’m reminded of Paramore at times, sometimes a little Flyleaf, but that’s only at times; CJ and Maggie really have their own sound and quite often throw in cutting screams that are very well executed and placed. As for the music, it’s heavy. There’s some guitar runs going on from time to time, but not out of balance with the solid, heavy guitar chords; the two compliment each other beautifully. Lulu’s drumming is especially impressive; hard hitting and throughout their recorded material there is a skill and style to her playing that shows her to be way ahead of her years.
The band is off to an impressive start, boasting the #15 spot on the Christian Rock Billboard charts for their new single, “Beneath the Skin”, which is also the name of an organization they work with. Beneath the Skin (the organization) is geared towards mentoring youth who deal with anxiety, depression, isolation, and endeavors to make a positive impact on the culture around them, improving their sense of self-worth and overall mental health. You can check the organization’s site out at Beneath the Skin.
Oddly enough, I still don’t recall what it was that initially brought this band to my attention, but I’m especially glad to have found them. This is a band you are going to want to keep your eye on for sure, I have little doubt there are big things in store for them. I know it sounds cliché, but if you only check out one band this year, make it Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh. You just can’t go wrong here. Go get it!
Get connected with Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh at any (or all) of their social sites listed below and be on the lookout this summer as they join the Summer Rockfest Tour with Seventh Day Slumber, Random Hero, Scarlet White, and the Protest; dates TBA.
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