Dont think things are any easier for Christian rockers Flyleaf just because Jesus is on their side, says guitarist Sameer Bhattacharya. Theyve got it just as tough as all the heathens out there. Being Christian isnt the end of a journey, he says. Its hard sometimes. We deal with the same things as anyone. We all grew up with some kind of abuse. But being Christian, we can identify the hope in it.
On its self-titled debut, the Texas quintet -- guided by singer Lacey Mosleys angsty songs about dysfunction -- plays amp-tearing hard rock that sounds a little like the Christian metal band Stryper. Flyleaf doesnt hide its faith, but by making songs like Im So Sick and Fully Alive thematically ambiguous, its managed to snag top touring gigs over the past couple years -- including a spot on Family Values jaunts with hard-partying, porn-star-groping guys like Korn. People are really receptive to what we do and our lifestyle, says Bhattacharya.
Flyleaf has been on the road almost nonstop since its album came out in September 2005. Bhattacharya says the group is itching to record a bunch of new songs its accumulated since then (many of which can be heard in concert). Were not trying to write for any one genre. We have a very diverse sound. Well see what makes it on the new record.
Tue., May 22, 7 p.m.