18.9.13

You Should Give These Bearded Rock Priests Your Money



The insanely good and criminally underappreciated indie rock band Luxury recorded for the flagship evangelical Christian rock label Tooth and Nail Records in the late 1990s, during which time they also suffered a devastating touring van accident that left several members of the band critically injured. This was The Thing about Luxury in the 90's. They made two very good post-90s albums as well, and then splintered off into side projects. There is now a new Thing about Luxury, which you will learn in second sentence of the next paragraph.


They are now recording a new album. Since their last record, not one, nor two, but three of the four original members of the band have become Eastern Orthodox priests.

One of my obsessions is with people's trajectories after they leave the Christian rock scene, which appears to be a pretty unsustainable place (ideologically, economically, etc). Where do you land, spiritually, vocationally, culturally, after God-rock? That the members of Luxury, after leaving Christian rock, found themselves members of the clergy in one of the world's oldest -- and maybe least understood, in the United States -- religious traditions is remarkable and strange, yet weirdly fitting. And their music is totally badass.

If you pay them $15, you will help some bearded priests make a recording of sad, beautiful, sincere, wounded rock songs for a tiny demographic of post-evangelical hipsters. It will be worth it.

7 comments:

  1. Thank you, Joel. You get us. Need I say more?

    This truly makes me happy.

    in XC,
    Fr. James (of St James Orthodox Church and also Luxury)

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  2. And as the wife of the Lutheran member of the band I'd like to throw out there that even Lutherans can bring the rock. Thanks for the post!

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    1. Lutherans rock best! - Matt M

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  3. you didn't use the word "Christian" enough times in this article. I'm still confused as to which religious subculture the band was originally part of. can you please clarify for me? maybe if you throw "Christian" into the text another 50 times or so it'll start to sink in. right now it's sounding to me like Luxury's previous albums were just Pagan/Satanic offerings of black-magic spells set to music.

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    1. This comment is difficult to interpret

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  4. I too think Lutherans rock harder. Martin was the first punk rocker.

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  5. This reminds me that I am waiting for someone to do a cover of the Ramones' "Sheena Is a Punk Rocker" as "Jesus is A Punk Rocker"

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