The Thorns Deep band formed in late 2010 and agreed to pursue alternative Christian music. “Our music is inspired by Christ, and we want to glorify Him.” Codey Brown. Special photo
ALBANY — While their performance at the State Theatre in Saturday’s Band-Aid for Brynlee benefit concert is alternative Christian rockers Thorns Deep’s biggest show ever, the band’s members make it clear there are two primary reasons they are taking part in the concert.
“(Band bassist) Davis (Wynn) and I have children around the same age as Brynlee, and when we heard about her, it really struck a nerve,” Thorns Deep drummer Jason Langley said. “We put ourselves in her parents’ shoes, and we wanted to do anything we could to help.”
The second reason, according to rhythm guitarist Matthew Christmas, is why the five Albany bandmates started playing together in the first place.
“We’re not out there for ourselves; it’s not about us,” Christmas said. “As far as getting famous, we want to make Jesus Christ famous with the people who hear our music. We want to put it out there that, yes, you’ve got this amazing life, but it can be 10 times better with Jesus in it.”
Thorns Deep — Langley, Wynn, Christmas, lead singer Codey Brown and lead guitarist Jacob Teter, all of whom have Albany ties — formed in late 2010 from the remnants of two former bands. Brown and Christmas were in the Christian band Chosen, while Teter, Langley and Wynn were in the secular rock band Infusion.
They hooked up via Facebook and word of mouth, and started working on songs primarily written by Brown. Band members agreed to persue their shared interest in alternative Christian music, and a four-song demo they’ve put together bears that out.
“End It All,” “Phoenix,” “Raise Me Up” and “Army of One” would fit seamlessly in a playlist that includes rockers Breaking Benjamin and Linkin Park or fellow Christian rock act Skillet, which has scored crossover hits.
“Our music is inspired by Christ, and we want to glorify Him,” Brown said. “Some of the lyrics are directly inspired by Scripture, but we don’t try to hit people over the head with our message. We want the music to draw them in, and then the more they listen the more they’ll get the message.
“The ultimate goal is to reach as many people as possible for the Lord.”
Thorns Deep are excited to be a part of the Band-Aid for Brynlee benefit, which will raise money for the family of 3-year-old Brynlee Ethridge. The Newton youngster was recently diagnosed with leukemia, and money raised will offset medical costs.
Anthony Johnson, The Articles and Everyday Evidence will also perform at the benefit. Doors for the all-ages show open at 6 p.m.
“This is a pretty big deal for us,” Langley said. “This is the biggest show we’ve ever played, but we feel like it’s time for us to get out there and play more. We’ve played a few shows at churches in the region, and playing Christian rock bars us from playing at a lot of places in the area.
“But we’re not looking for some easy way to get our stuff out to the public. We’re doing this for Brynlee, but we’re also glorifying the Lord.”
Tickets for Saturday’s show are $5 and are available in advance at the Family Christian Book Store in Albany and at Simply the Best in Camilla.
Thorns Deep’s music and more information about the band are available online at www.facebook.com/thornsdeep or www.reverbnation.com/thorns deep.