Await The Day, born out of a small country called Texas has proven their vision is as big as the state they come from. Their freshman release “Time For Change”, entering the world in September of 2008, consists of nothing less than a cornucopia of melodic hard rock. With raging guitars, soaring vocals, intense drums and of course, the strategically placed screams, this band is driven to bring a sound to your ears that you can’t help but keep listening to. With lyrics that focus largely on hope in spite of a world that sometimes seems hopeless they continue to deliver this message in a way that is relevant to our culture today. Over the course of their 2 years together the band has played many different venues, sharing a stage with Showbread, High Flight Society, As I Lay Dying, Family Force Five and many more. This band is determined to connect to this generation, recruiting fans from every show they play. In a time where all artists are labeled in one way or another, Await The Day has set out to just play the best music they can, writing songs that they hopefully would listen to themselves. “It’s not about what type of music you play, it’s about whether or not the song reaches someone where they are” says singer Ben Fontenot. “If we can connect with at least one person at each show it is all worth while.” These guys are no strangers to open doors. In fact, their most exciting opportunities somehow seem to fall in their collective lap, sometimes in dizzying bursts. Boyer was at a Houston sandwich shop when he met Jeffrey Armstreet (Evangeline), who produced the band’s EP at his studio, and subsequently got them placed on the bill for one of GMA Week’s biggest showcases. Soon after, the first song they recorded with Armstreet got them placed on the independent stage at Spirit West Coast in Monterrey, California as well as Lifelight Festival in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. After all of that, the band could be forgiven for suspecting an external hand may be manipulating knobs on the myriad doors that continue to open for them. Despite the consistent growth of their fan base, their busy schedule, and a solid first recording effort, Await the Day insists that their aspirations aren’t centered around large-scale success, at least not for its own sake. “Our goal is just to glorify God through our music and to be able to minister to people, especially young people. That’s where our passion is,” confesses O’Neal. “We’d love to play on a mainstream stage and be a big band … but that’s not really our goal.” Adds Boyer, “We want to make God famous, not us…We want to make the best music possible that captures the heart of a generation for God.” Capturing the heart of a fickle generation seems like a tall order, and I wonder how they hope to do it. “Christians need some good ol’ hard rock music that can speak to them, encourage them, and that they can relate to in times when life just sucks,” says lead singer Ben Fontenot, who wrote all of the songs on the EP. “On the other hand, I think the mainstream needs to know that … there is music out there that offers hope and love and something they can relate to. If we can somehow be a vessel to lead them to Christ through this kind of music, then God is truly glorified and we are doing our job.” It’s a charge they take seriously, and to which they devote no small amount of prayer and discussion. To be sure, music-as-ministy can be a difficult line to walk, but the band is unfazed. To keep him grounded, Fontenot looks to the words of another lyricist [Switchfoot’s] Jon Foreman. One particular Switchfoot lyric (“I don’t belong here.”) has helped galvanize his purpose and the band’s in his mind. “We’re here to make a difference, but we’re not here to stay,” he says. We’ll see.