Something Like Silas makes music for a postmodern generation. The "house" band at a San Diego church called Flood, they have broadened their impact by recording and touring, recently playing soccer stadiums in Africa. Something Like Silas is led by Chinese-American Eric Owyoung and his Thai-American wife Malinda. They are passionate about their music, passionate about Jesus Christ and passionate about worship, combining all three in their first label release,Divine Invitation. Their music has been described as alternative-rock worship, so it's only fitting that Christian alternative pioneers Steve Hindalong and Derri Daugherty (The Choir) produced the record.
The band lists influences such as U2, the violet burning and Radiohead, but when my daughter walked in and asked if we just got a new David Crowder CD, I think she pegged their sound. Even within individual songs, the sound varies from sparse acoustic guitars or keyboards to noisy guitars. The one constant that comes through is the passion in Eric's vocals, augmented by the band's music.
A typical song is Infinite, expressing trust in an infinite God even when life is dark:
Your love for me is far beyond the infinite / so I'll trust You when I cannot see / so I'll trust You when the shadows hover over me / and I'll love You when the distance leaves me cold / so I'll love You / I will still believe that You are sovereign, Lord / I'm learning to trust, I'm learning to feel, I'm learning to love you always
Divine Invitation will appeal to fans of David Crowder Band, Delirious? and modern worship with an alternative twist.
Visit: Something Like Silas.