I first heard Staple when I saw their music video for Dictatorship vs. Democracy (DVD) on the Flicker Rocks Harder DVD. The song addresses the question of why God would create us with the choice of sinning or following Him (democracy) instead of deciding for us to just follow Him from the start (dictatorship):
Freely given / and we choose the choice to lose (Now we know)/ As these scars are screaming at me / just why we've chosen poorly / Could this be our chance to see why we believe / that we need You / instead of following numbly
One of my favorite songs (by anyone) is Pop, which cries out for absolute truth and points out philosophical weaknesses in today's pop culture:
Tell me the lies / I want the sincere lies / Base them all on how I feel / Tell me the lies / Only if they're sincere lies / and I'll believe that they are real // We can't both be right / I want the truth / So don't lie to me / I want the truth
Staple also tackles the issue of conformity with Rise of the Robots:
Oh my precious sold out reputation / It means so much more than my beliefs / Will I face full attack from you / Will I break again like I've been known to / Fallen face first on my conscience today / but it's so much more comfortable this way // I already know that you don't love me so / And if I stay the same / you'll walk away
Lead singer / songwriter Darin Keim is not afraid to confront major issues of life through music: the reality of death (Remember Sammy Jankis), division in the church over small issues (Crusader), and even pornography (Deathtrap Daisy).
Staple's hardcore music will appeal to fans of bands like Project 86, Norma Jean, and Underoath.