Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Snake Baptist - Churchmouth (2011)


"Snake Baptist is a hardcore/screamo band from Ralieigh, SC who just released their debut EP entitled “Churchmouth”."

I got this EP sent in via my email and INSTANTLY fell in love with it. Thanks guys! I listened to this EP about 6 times and really fucking enjoyed it. They play a noisy punk style similar to band to Cult Ritual, take away the traditional punk influence, give it some screamo, and really kick your ass with the blaring blast beats. I was interested where they got their name so I decided to to the bands page and this is what I got:

"Snake handling or serpent handling is a religious ritual in a small number of Pentecostal churches in the U.S., usually characterized as rural and Holiness. The practice began in the early 20th century in Appalachia, spreading to mostly coal mining towns. Practitioners believe serpent handling dates to antiquity and quote the Book of Mark and the Book of Luke to support the practice:

And these signs shall follow them that believe: In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. (Mark 16:17-18)

Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. (Luke 10:19)

"We certainly believe in Jesus, so we thought we had better pick up serpents. We haven't yet drunk any deadly poison, but this is scheduled for our fall revival. No volunteers have come forward, but I have faith that they will." - Al Wittner, senior pastor at First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge, LA "

So yeah... That's really strange. I thought it was really interesting that they named their band after something that is pretty much unknown to most other people. For what they play, I think the name goes hand in hand to be honest. Be sure to check them out on their facebook page here.

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