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alternative rock

Christian alternative rock

Christian alternative rock music (ACM) is a form of alternative rock music lyrically grounded in a Christian worldview. Unlike Contemporary Christian music, ACM generally emphasizes musical style over lyrical content. The degree to which the faith appears in the music varies from artist to artist.

History

Christian alternative rock has its roots in the early 1980s, as the earliest efforts at Christian punk and new wave music were recorded by artists like Daniel Amos, Andy McCarroll and Moral Support, Undercover, The 77s, Adam Again, Quickflight, Youth Choir (later renamed The Choir), Lifesavers Underground, Michael Knott, The Altar Boys, Breakfast with Amy, Steve Taylor, 4-4-1, David Edwards, Black Carnation and Vector. By the 1990s, many of these bands were being carried by independent labels because their music tended to be more lyrically complex (and often more controversial) than mainstream Christian pop music. These early labels (most now-defunct) included Blonde Vinyl, Frontline, Exit, and Refuge. The modern market is currently supported by labels such as Tooth & Nail, Gotee and Floodgate. These companies are often children of or partially owned by general market labels such as Warner, EMI, and Capitol Records, giving successful artists an opportunity to "cross over" into mainstream markets. The style is sometimes mixed with alternative metal and rap-rock influences, on cases such as P.O.D. and Pillar.

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