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" I can feel a change in Christian music and I know that Fixed Til Tuesday will be a part of it. This is the first band that i've heard that can effortlessly mix Hardcore and radio friendly rock without loosing any of its effect. Fixed Til Tuesday is more than just another hardcore band. They are on the way to changing the way people think about hardcore music. Hearing their CD does not do them justice. You have to fully experienced them live. The amount of energy and emotion they put into a show is something that cannot be explained."


-Logan Sekulow
Host of "The Logan Show" - Logan Sekulow


"Christians in punk-rock scene reach friends for Christ through relationship-building"

By Grace Thornton
March 2, 2006

Awhile back, 16-year-old Seth Landerfelt went to court for being caught out past the 11 o’clock curfew in Moody.
“They told me to take out my piercings and cut my hair,” he said with a smile. “I went then and got my first tattoo.”
After the addition of several more tattoos, a few more piercings and some crazy-colored dyes mixed into his past-his-eyebrows hair, Landerfelt fit right into “the scene” — the crew of teens and young adults who sport similar styles and follow punk-rock and hardcore-type bands.
And according to Landerfelt, that’s a very good place for him to fit in — the scene is where he found Christ.
“They let me be myself,” Landerfelt said.
Churches didn’t accept him, he said, but the Birmingham-based band Fixed til Tuesday did. When Landerfelt replaced his brother as the band’s manager recently, he found a lot more than good music and good friends, he said.
“Christ is my Lord and Savior now, and it’s a much greater life,” said Landerfelt, who before falling in with the band dabbled in drugs and was “just trying to please everyone else.”
“It was just about me before. It was bad,” he said. “Now it’s about God — my friends, my band and God. These guys (in Fixed til Tuesday) grew me up, and Paddy taught me how to scream and sing, too.”
Paddy, or Patrick Schefano, is the lead singer of Fixed til Tuesday, which plays post-hardcore style music, an offshoot of the hardcore punk movement. He subscribes a good bit to the throaty screaming sort of vocals Landerfelt alluded to, though his sound is more melodic than many bands like his.
The “scene kids” who know the band’s music scream right along and mosh (dance while slamming against each other) in the area known as the pit right in front of the stage.
The lyrics would surprise anyone not in the scene — if they can understand them.
“We gather today, in the name of Jesus. We’ll throw him (Satan) into the abyss and lock hell shut,” Schefano screamed at a recent band CD-release party.
More than 400 scene kids were there that night — Feb. 17 — at Covenant Life Church in Pelham listening and cheering as Schefano told the audience, “If you haven’t met Jesus Christ, He loves you more than anyone on this planet ever will — I swear to you.”
Graham Kelly, a member of a hardcore band in Nashville called Muzzle Mouth, said evangelism is all relational among scene kids.
“They are strong-willed, stubborn kids just like me,” said Kelly, who attends College Heights Baptist Church, Gallatin, Tenn. “If, say, my parents hated my music, hated the way I live, hated it that I went to shows, when you tell me I need Christ, that’s going to roll off my back and not even faze me.”
But most shows in local scenes attract the same several hundred people each time, and because of that — unlike any other type of music scene — everybody knows everybody, he said.
“It’s got a completely different feel — the bands are more personable. So you have to set a good example. I look like a hardcore kid and I talk like a hardcore kid, but if I can get these kids to see that I’m a good person — loyal to my friends — then relate to them that I’m made by God, maybe they will listen,” Kelly explained. “I’d be down and out like every other hardcore kid if it wasn’t for God.”
When Kelly was younger, church people didn’t accept him much of the time, he said. “People complained about the way I dressed. They seemed more worried about that than where I am with my walk with God.”
These days, some churches seem to be more open to attracting a totally different crowd of people than churches normally draw in.
“Some of them support the heavier music scene, hold shows and build skate parks,” Kelly said. “This shows kids that not all Christians are the same. Some Christians send the wrong message, but we should want them to realize that there are Christians who do care and we’re trying to save your soul here.”
The crowd he’s talking about — what do they look like?
“Black band T-shirts, camo shorts, tattooed sleeves (arms) … boys wear girls’ pants and girls have shotgun-blast haircuts,” Kelly said. “A lot of them have tattoos and piercings.”
Kelly himself has 13 tattoos — from an eagle that covers the entire top of his head to the words “amazing” and “grace” inked on each of his hands. And another one he said is significant — “straight edge” — is emblazened across his shoulders.
Straight edge, a counter-cultural lifestyle closely associated with the scene, has been around since hardcore band Minor Threat spearheaded it in the early ’80s. Scene kids who adhere to straight edge commit to abstain from alcohol, tobacco, drugs and, in many cases, promiscuity. Although not all who adhere to straight edge are Christians, the idea meshes well with Christianity, Kelly said.
“In the sixth grade, when I had just started checking out the punk-rock scene, my friend Luke explained straight edge to me — it sounded completely retarded,” Kelly said with a laugh. “But I thought about it, and it actually made a lot of sense. Those things were never going to be a part of my life anyway, so why not have a conviction and a commitment about it?”
Straight-edgers sometimes use “X” as a symbol, taken from the “X” drawn on the hands of those at concerts who aren’t of drinking age to show that they can’t have alcohol. Some, like Kelly, have “XXX” tattoos and others, like Schefano, sign their name surrounded by “X”s, like “xPaddyx.”
“Christianity has somewhat faded itself out — or blended itself in — with non-Christians who are straight edge,” Kelly said. “It’s important that we don’t tone ourselves down just so we don’t tick people off.”
Eric Anderton, bass guitarist for Fixed til Tuesday, agreed that the example and the relationships are all-important.
Before the CD-release show, he walked through the line of people waiting to get in, calling nearly every person by name and greeting each one with a hug or handshake.
“You don’t reach them by inviting them to a Sunday morning service — most of them don’t respond to that,” Anderton said. “These kids are looking for someone to look up to and someone to take notice of them,” he said. “Just love on them — there’s nothing more to it. This is where the biggest part of our ministry comes from.”
After you’ve built that relationship with them and they trust you, then you can invite them to that Sunday service, he added.
Jeremy Folse, guitarist for the group, said a window is opened to relate to scene kids through a type of music that is stereotyped as the music of the unsaved.
“It is a type of music that the younger generation is wanting to listen to, so I believe if they or we want to listen to that type of music, it should be about God and our inspiration to live for Him,” Folse said, adding that many of the band’s lyrics talk about victory over Satan.
“Worship is not a certain genre of music — it is an expression of love for our God,” Anderton said. “On stage, that’s all we do — we worship God and the kids join in with us.
“We are simply a loving worship band that plays a different style — one that is more appealing to these kids than that acoustic guitar could catch.”

- Alabama Baptist


"FIXED TIL TUESDAY:THE ROCKWELL PERSONIFIED"

By Callie Daniel

Joyner Avenue may represent nothing but a street to many Tupelo citizens but to many city youth it means refuge.


In that sometimes overlooked residential area, there rests a foundation that is synonymous with the Tupelo music scene. The Rockwell Center is much more than a great musical atmosphere, it is a safe haven for the youth of Tupelo and a cornerstone of meaning embedded in each musically conscience individual’s world.



To the upset of every regular and non-frequent patron, the Rockwell was abruptly ripped from the hands of WayEntertainment and other concert promoters.



The last show at the Rockwell was a perfect portrayal of what WayEntertainment has brought to the ever growing music scene. The Rockwell’s final night was spent in the company of Tupelo’s most dedicated accompanied by four extremely talented bands.



These bands wore the walls raw with their ardent melodies and one band in particular shook the crowd not only with an amazing show, and a great message but a comical performance of the likes which are uncommon on most any stage.



To say that Fixed Til Tuesday, the standout of the night, was entertaining would be a huge understatement. Lead singer, Patrick Bailey made it his second priority, aside from singing, to shoot crazy looks at every face in the crowd. Every band member also took it upon himself to physically involve each member of the audience. Whether it was high-fives or giving hugs, everyone’s attention was held.



The following acts, Tokyo Rose (Memphis: April 13 w/ Taking Back Sunday www.backonthmapmemphis.net), House of Heroes, and Kids In The Way all put on a good show and the quality of music was worth the listen but none of the bands quite hit the mark like Fixed Til Tuesday.



After FTT executed a near flawless performance, and while the rest of the guys in the band told Chuck Norris jokes to fans, I pulled up a piece of pavement and talked to Patrick about what Fixed Til Tuesday is all about.



The name Fixed Til Tuesday shows not only are these guys talented but they have an intellectual side as well.



During a high school history lesson, a certain story about Benjamin Franklin brought about the name that eventually stuck with the band.



History relates a certain story of Benjamin Franklin on a visit to England. He bought two loaves of bread and after he purchased the bread, he noticed a mother and son in need. Franklin gave one of the loaves to the family and brought them into his household. Later, Franklin wrote in his journal that he “thought himself fixed til Tuesday.” The meaning behind Franklin’s memoirs and the idea for this amazing band’s name and mission was all based on being satisfied in God, and knowing you have all you need.



Patrick Schefano (20-vocals), Joel Bailey (18 -Drums), Gabe Rosser (20- guitar), Jeremy Folse (19-guitar), and “Big- E” Eric Anderton (20-bass) are the make up the crazy and chaotic assemblage that is Fixed Til Tuesday. The band hails from Birmingham, AL and takes God’s will for their lives seriously.



FTT makes the gospel of Christ their first priority. Mixing God’s Word throughout all of their songs, and talking to all the fans before and after the show, makes Fixed Til Tuesday singularly especial.



The band that describes themselves as “post hardcore with a flare of southern rock” not only knows how to ensure an awesome show to every audience member but they actually care about those audience members.



The guys took the time to goof off and learn names. They played hard and love harder. They all showed off their awesome talent and gave the Rockwell a last night that will be difficult to forget.



Patrick Bailey’s favorite quote is, “There’s nothing worth making your day bad.” How fitting for the Rockwell. However sad it is to see the Rockwell slip from the hands that have so proficiently used it’s four walls, the Rockwell’s last show was enough to remind all dedicated fans that they will continue to see good music come to Tupelo. Fixed Til Tuesday personified and reminded fans what the Rockwell Center is all about, great music with a great message.



- Entertainment: The Beacon


"Fixed til Tuesday - Aww Son 2006"

Fixed Til TUesday is a Post Hardcore band from Birmingham, Alabama. These five guys produce a sound that is similar to Burday of a Day when they scream, but they can take a turn and be comparable to Sullivan in some of their songs. Their Lyrics are positive and carry a powerful message. - (Indie Avenue) Awaken Music Magazine


"Fixed til Tuesday - Aww Son"

Due to the endless overstock of Christian screamo bands that litter our various local scenes, the very idea of one of these bands being worthy of notice is in and of itself a completely laughable matter. We all know how they play out anyway, I mean after all, half of us probably tagged along to their first twenty some odd shows until they broke up (with all the members passing their days away somewhere in between local retail stores and the college classrooms). However, when one of these over-commercialized bands does make their way out of the local venues, most of us expect the “rising talent� to come from the hot spots for music here in the U.S., such as Chicago, Jersey, Seattle, or Los Angeles. Soon they’ll be well on their way to some basement start-up Christian-core label, some even making it as far as Tooth and Nail, but rarely does the band find success enough to pay their bills or fill over 500 capacity venues. So needless to say, despite all the prayers and the glorifying of Jesus, the typical fate of your local Christian band isn’t looking too bright… but let me introduce you to Fixed Til Tuesday.

Fixed Til Tuesday is a “local� Christian screamo band for me, one that many people around here are super excited about and extremely proud of – in other words, they are seemingly the aforementioned semi-doomed Christian band. However, these guys shouldn’t fear, as they exhibit talent in their self-released EP, Aww Son, which could land these guys in a comfortable spot that few bands in their genre have found. Aww Son is a 5-track, pleasant mixture of modern screamo with enough breakdowns to satiate even the biggest fruitcake in the pit.

First off, the vocals on the EP are highly commendable, as Patrick Schefano shifts flawlessly between clean sung vocals (which sound like a mixture of Joe Reo from Hidden In Plain View and Tim Brennan of June) to hearty growls (reminiscent of He is Legend) to passionate and accessible screams, much like Spencer Chamberlain’s in Underoath or Brandon Bolmer of Yesterday’s Rising. Needless to say, he’s probably influenced by or has a few of the same vocal qualities as some of your favorite frontmen in today’s “screamo� scene. Track three, “May Kills the Calendar�, is a great example of Schefano’s vocal versatility, as he delivers some of the catchiest verses and most passionate screams on Aww Son. Another positive that this band has going for them is the fact that they tackle Christian rock head on, without relying on the cliché formula of writing lyrics that can apply both to breaking up with a long-term girlfriend and struggling with faith related matters. Instead, Fixed Til Tuesday stuffs enough biblical goodness into their lyrics to make your old country preacher happy enough to walk on water.

Schefano’s voice and the words coming from his mouth aren’t the only things that Fixed Til Tuesday have going for them, as Gabe Rosser, Jeremy Folse, Eric Anderton, and Joel Bailey provide extremely solid instrumentation throughout Aww Son, as they tear their way through unique song structures, southern-tinged metal riffs, and bludgeoning breakdowns. This unit has packed more intensity and creativity into one 5-song EP than a large sum of metalcore and screamo acts of last year put into their respective full-lengths (we’ll spare the laundry list of bands, however). Song after song, these guys consistently piece together some of the most fluid, creative, and captivating music I’ve heard lately, most notably on track three, with it’s guitar-pop transition into a He is Legend-like grungy breakdown and also on track four, as the band delivers their bread and butter breakdown on breakdown style only to give away to some of the best soft-sung vocals on the entire EP.

Overall, Aww Son isn’t just a reason to get excited about Birmingham-area post-hardcore - it’s a reason to get excited about this genre again in general. Last year was damn-near enough to make even the most pissed-off emoheads throw in their Asics and spin-kicks, but don’t worry… if Aww Son is a sign of what might be brewing in other local scenes, then this genre might not be doomed after all.

--Jayme Barkdoll (Decoy Music) - Jayme Barkdoll of Decoymusic.com


Discography

"Aww Son", EP ('06)

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"- AWW SON! -"

Fixed til Tuesday is a Christ centered rock band from Birmingham Alabama, the heart of the Deep South. Since their beginning three years ago the guys: Patrick (Vocals), Gabe (Guitar), Jeremy (Guitar), Eric (Bass), and Joel (Drums), have all put their heart and soul in to playing music that is not only fun to watch and listen to but, is also centered around their undying love for God and what He has done for them.
Fixed til Tuesday's musical style is best described by the self given label A.D.D.core. They are a little bit of everything rolled into one. Who say's a band has to conform to one genre anyway? Their sound captures everything from post hardcore, metal, screamo, and southern rockabilly all the way to pop and blues. It's a great mixture that turns out a truly unique band. Fixed til Tuesday's influences range form Copeland, The Chariot, Story of the Year, and Sigur Ros to Stevie Ray Vaughn and DC Talk.
Watching Fixed til Tuesday live is an experience in itself, their stage presence can only be described by the word insane. From their facial expressions to their movement, their excitement radiates from their actions and proves that they love what they do.