Friday, February 16, 2007

Do you know Jars of Clay?

My goodness, how did I not know Jars of Clay? They've apparently been around for ages. Here's their discography:

Good Monsters (2006)
Redemption Songs (2005)
Who We Are Instead (2003)
Furthermore–From the Studio : From the Stage (2003)
The Eleventh Hour (2002)
If I Left the Zoo (1999)
Much Afraid (1997)
Drummer Boy - EP (1995)
Jars of Clay (1995)


They came to my attention through the release of their latest single, Dead Man Carry Me which is receiving much airplay in South Africa at the moment. It's foot-tapping, catchy stuff. It starts off with a very David Byrne-ish style riff and verse and heads into a Killers-like chorus.

Lyrics for Dead Man Carry Me:

January 1, I got a lot of things on my mind
Looking at my body through a new spy satellite
I try to lift a finger but I don't think I can make the call
So, tell me if I move 'cause I don't feel anything at all....

Carry Me, I'm just a dead man lying on the carpet can't find a heart beat
Make me breathe, I want to be a new man, tired of the old one, out with the old plan

I woke up from a dream about an empty funeral
But it was better than the party full of people I don't really know.
They've got hearts to break and burn, dirty hands to feel the earth
There is something in my veins but I can't seem to make it work...won't work

So, carry me, I'm just a dead man lying on the carpet, can't find a heartbeat
Make me breathe, I want to be a new man, tired of the old one, out with the old plan..

Can you find a beat, inside of me? Any pulse?
Getting worse. Any pulse, getting worse? Inside of me....
Can you find a beat.

Carry me, I'm just a dead man lying on the carpet, can't find a heartbeat
make me breathe, I want to be a new man, tired of the old one, out with the old plan
Carry me, I'm just a dead man lying on the carpet can't find a heartbeat...
make me breathe, I want to be a new man, tired of the old one, out with the old plan.



Apparently, Jars of Clay is reference to 2 Corinthians 4:7, "But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us."

Which places Jars of Clay in the Christian band category with Sixpence None The Richer and Tree63. Who knew that P.O.D. was in an extension of this category?

The video below is an official release by Jars of Clay comprising user generated clips taken on mobile phones at their concerts. Cool huh?

4 comments:

Dave said...

Didn't realise P.O.D where cut from the same cloth.

We did a snowboarding youtube video last year that ended up getting featured. Used the song Alive by POD as a backing track, check out the vid http://youtube.com/watch?v=oKByVuQNjMA

Triggermap said...

Also didn't realise POD were in that category.I believe Lifehouse also fallin that category - or so I have been told.

I did know Jars of Clay - they did a song from the (music inspired by)Chronicles of Narnia soundtrack ('Waiting for the world to fall' its called) - its a fairly good song if you like their other stuff.

It is the question said...

Dave: Alive is one of my favourite tracks. Really big POD fan. Cool vid.

Triggermap: Listened to "Waiting for the world to fall." OK track. But the new album seems really good. The title track, "Good Monsters" is very good.

Mike Stopforth said...

Lifehouse is indeed from the same school of 'crossover' groups.

Jars of Clay - what an awesome group. They were also featured on a Taylor guitar top musicians album in the late nineties.

I saw them when they were out in SA - they were better live, despite shcoking sound at the venue - very talented and humble bunch of dudes.

And POD's Alive rocks my socks...