The Oxygen Band

The Oxygen Band

 Christchurch, Canterbury, NZL
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6-piece act 'The Oxygen Band' is the fruition of a young adults ministry at the Elim Cathedral of Hope in Christchurch, NZ with a distinctive style of original music.

They released a free Christmas EP in 2010, with the new 'Blueprints EP' out in November. They've also begun work on new material.

Biography

The Oxygen Band is the fruition of a culture; The overflow of passionate youth; An expression of what a collective heart.

6-piece act 'The Oxygen Band' is the fruition of a young adults ministry at the Elim Cathedral of Hope in Christchurch, NZ with a distinctive style of original music.

The Oxygen Band are a bunch of energetic, fun and purpose fuelled young musicians intent on breaking new ground in the church worship band scene.
Not content with singing songs, following formula, the Oxygen Band were driven by their passion for following Jesus and worshipping him in a style which represented their personality, musical influences and youth church culture to ignite others in their faith, which is how the rock worship band was born.

Over the years Oxygen band has evolved from a weekly, Sunday band and while band members have changed, the backbone of Oxygen’s success has been the driving influence of founding member, Mark Palalagi.

Mark Palalagi, a multi talented artist in his own right and renowned in Christian band circles for his involvement in rock band “Satellite” which has played at venues such as Parachute and Westpac Arena and post-hardcore rock “Mona Vale Falls” (which has done nationwide shows and played at Parachute); Mark seamlessly blends across genres and musical diversity as a highly accomplished drums, bass, electric and acoustic guitar musician and vocalist.

The Oxygen Band has skilled musicians and vocalists who write and play their own original songs, having produced a free downloadable Christmas EP in 2010 and releasing the 'Blueprints EP' this November 2011.

They play mainly in the local churches and ministries around Canterbury and are now seeking to bring their passion for worship by delivering an experience with intensity and authentic sensitivity rarely seen amongst New Zealand worship bands.

They are one to watch as they take youth worship to new heights.

Lyrics

Here I Am

Written By: Mark Palalagi

Here I am, here I stand
An open heart within your loving hands
You draw me close to where You are
‘Cos You love me dearly as Your favourite one

We honour You, our God who yielded all
Just to be with me

All the earth will sing
“You are our God, You are our king”
All the earth will sing
“You are our God, You are our king”

Who am I without Your grace?
Unending love reside and take your place
Deep within, alive in me
Spirit yearn for you have been set free

Surrendered

Written By: Mark Palalagi

You gave up yourself
And declared your heart to restore the living
Your hands reveal new life
And Your words renew through a love undying

Lord only you have the power to give an
Escape for the captives, to bring home the lost
Lord you have taken our lives into freedom
By paying the ultimate cost

(But) You have arisen, You are alive
Completely surrendered Yourself for our lives
All for Your glory, we honour Your name
We live in the promise of a love that redeems

You are holy, You are holy, You are holy

Light Of The World

Written By: Oli Robinson/Mark Palalagi

In the darkest place I wait for You Lord
To see the light that I’m looking for
Too many times I’ve turned from You
But today I’ll say “I’m coming back to You”

Today our lives are found in Your love
Our plans can’t come close to a life from above
Everything we are is an offering to You
Just to meet with You here, to be in Your grace

So we wait for You Lord
So we wait for You my Jesus
So we wait for You Lord, so we sing

Light of the world we see You
Healer, Lord, Rock, Deliverer, Jesus
Lamb Of God

Discography

- Christmas EP (Dec 2010)
- Blueprints EP (Nov 2011)

Set List

- Untitled (New)
- Surrendered
- Light Of The World
- Heart Aside
- Washed Away (New)
- Here I Am