Tuesday, July 29, 2008

32" LCD TVs, War Of Ages and Hatebreed

Congratulations to Wes Hanson of Yorba Linda, CA for winning the 32" LCD TV in the War Of Ages pre-order contest. Thanks to everyone who entered that one. We're going to post a couple more War Of Ages themed contests in the next week or so on the Facedown site so check back for that. Oh yeah, and War Of Ages will be on tour in September with Hatebreed so that should be incredible. Good times ahead for those guys.

(Wes Hanson of Yorba Linda, CA with his new TV and WOA pre-order)

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Just back from Sonshine Fest 2008

I hadn't been to Sonshine Fest since 2001, and holy cow has it gotten to be a great festival! In 2001 when I played at Sonshine with No Innocent Victim, people didn't really know what to think of Hardcore music. But Sonshine Fest is officially on the map now! I am really happy that I was able to make it out this year and definitely plan on heading back each summer.

From the Facedown camp, we had War Of Ages, For Today, Means and A Plea For Purging. All of the bands put on incredible shows and had the crowds going crazy. Some of the bands did some autograph signings (see pictures below) and those were entertaining to watch as War Of Ages signed a giant inflatable lobster!

Other highlights of the week were watching Flatfoot 56 play live (always an incredible show) and creating the biggest circle pit of the weekend, eating huge sno cones with Alex War Of Ages, Carribou Coffee each morning and getting to catch a few minutes of Flyleaf's set when the singer really got to talk to and encourage the mainstage crowd. She spoke about God's mercies being new every morning and the fact that every day that we wake up, God is blessing us with another day and showing us that His grace and mercy is sufficient for us. Definitely encouraging stuff!

I am really looking forward to making it back next year.
Jason - Facedown Records

(War Of Ages signing at the Best Buy table. Yes, that is an inflatable lobster!)

(For Today signing at the Best Buy Table)

Cornerstone 2008 Report

This was my 12th year at Cornerstone, and there is always a surreal feeling about being there. I give it up to the people at JPUSA in Chicago for putting on this fest for 25 years now. It is truly different than any other Christian summer festival because of the diversity that they showcase. Not only with the teaching and the music, but with the people that attend every year. Although I never plan for it to be, it's always a highlight of my summer. It's great seeing friends from all over the US in one place and it's great to hang out with most all of our bands in one place and at one time. It's like a big Family party each summer!

Facedown night was Thursday, July 3 and once again took place on the Underground stage. It was an amazing experience from beginning to end. The tent was packed and the attitudes of everyone there could not have been better. It was truly incredible to see such a large group of people gathered together for something more than music. Whether that was fellowship, worship, or to just see what the buzz was about, no one was let down. It's an honor to have a roster of bands like we do right now and I thank God every day for that!

Jason - Facedown

(Sunset at Cornerstone Festival - Bushnell, IL)

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The Facedown staff had a great Fourth of July evening watching fireworks up on the hill at the Facedown Ranch.  Now as we begin a new week we set our sites on the July 22nd release date for War of Ages' Arise and Conquer.
Between Scream The Prayer and Cornerstone the boys of War of Ages stole away in the night to shoot their video for Through The Flames.  Here's a sneaky peek: