BEC Recordings announces the sophomore release, Just Say Jesus, from the Kentucky-based rockers 7eventh Time Down on September 3. This album is the follow-up to their label debut, Alive In You, which released in 2011. Just Say Jesus is preluded by the title track and radio single that is currently climbing the charts. The single is charting on the National Christian Audience chart with 1.6 million audience impressions as well as it debuted on the Hot AC/ CHR chart and was New and Active on the AC Indicator chart.
“This single is way bigger than we are as a band,” offers lead singer Mikey Howard. “It’s way bigger than we could’ve hoped for because God’s using it.” The single has spurred a constant stream of stories from fans that remind all four band members of the power of a song to impact lives. Their second full-length project finds the band sharing some narratives of their own on Just Say Jesus.
“There’s a story told in each song,” bass player Cliff Williams explains. “We write about living and what inspires us because Christians are real people. As believers, God will inspire you. It’s going to be the biggest part of who you are. That doesn’t mean at times you’re not going to write a song that’s reflective of who you used to be. We’re just southern dudes who’ve got dirty pasts just like all the other people who have come to know God.”
“There’s a lot of hope in this record,” guitarist Eric Van Zant adds. He’s quick to acknowledge the power in the simplicity of the new album’s title: “The name of Jesus, nothing trumps that. That’s it. Nothing trumps the name of Jesus ever.”
While every bit as loud and hook-laden as their 2011 debut, Just Say Jesus is a more aggressive, focused and cohesive effort. All four members co-wrote the majority of the 10 tracks, while also lyrically collaborating with respected songwriters Ian Eskelin, Jeff Pardo and Tony Wood. Eskelin (Stellar Kart, Hawk Nelson) produced two of the tracks, while Howard produced the additional eight—a daunting, yet rewarding task for the front man. Ironically, the majority of the album was cut in Howard’s basement studio in Mount Vernon, Ky., the same basement of his childhood home where the band recorded their first song when they were young teens.
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This album does a great job of mixing a few softer Christian Contemporary style songs in among their heavy stuff that defines the band in terms of genre. This is a great album that I would definitely reccomend to anyone
You really should buy the sophomore studio album, Just Say Jesusby 7eventh Time Down. These worshippers will make you praise with their songs. And you really need to listen to their music. Let's adore Him!
Fantastic Sophomore Effort| Posted October 09, 2013
Usually, when I'm looking forward to a second release from any great, new artist I get dissapointed. Glad to say that 7eventh Time Down has become one of the exceptions to that rule. Swinging from hard rock to pop, yet keeping that consistant vocal that suits both styles so well.
Pounding out the first track, Wait For You sets a great pace to the album. Gritty vocals over a straight up hard rock anthem and powerful drums. Great stuff!
Real life bad situations pointing toward running to the only one who can help is the topic of the Hard/popipsh The One I'm Running To.
Pop Hit Just Say Jesus comes up third with acoustic guitar picking layered over a great bass/drum rhythm hits. IMHO, one of the best Christian rock anthem songs of the decade.
The second hard biting anthem on the album, Good Life, gives a smooth vocal over crunching guitar and deep bass countered with intermittent distortion vocals and an interesting guitar solo / solo riff...just amazing.
Swinging back into pop, we hit Hurricanes with a great lyric about weathering the storms that come our way by anchoring in Jesus.
The next track is a nice, crunchy ballad showing heartfelt cry that whatever happens in life, it's only on Jesus we can trust because, or course, we have Nothing To Give.
Next up we hear a great opening riff followed by a slow burn build of a rocker called Shadow. Great musically, great vocally, great lyrically. Amazing Track!
Rockin', raucus, relevant Religious & Famous puts the spotlight off the band and onto their Creator. Really fun tune! Again, really fun riff/synchopation. Free sounds very introspective. Gritty, pounding, broken with a rap section in the midst. Not unheard of but very well done. Renegade seems like a last minute throw in. Lyrically and musically OK, but just not up to the rest of the album. Still a fun romp, but just not pointing in the direction of the rest of the album...
All in all, this is an exceptional sophomore effort. from our Kentucky friends. BEC has a definite keeper here!