When I first found out For Today was breaking up there was sadness. This is a band I have loved for years. They have helped me grow spiritually and emotionally. I saw the band’s opening line-up and was pumped: Rival Choir, Wage War, Gideon followed by For Today. This was a solid line up.
Before their set I spoke with Christian and Daniel, who are the guitarists in Rival Choir. It was great catching up with them. Rival Choir talked about their faith. They started with “House Fires.” Their next song was “I believe, help my unbelief.” “Poured Out” was the next song. Their merch guy named Juan joined them on stage and the crowd erupted. His screams were incredible. They had an infectious energy. “Remission” was the next song. Reveal, Renew was the next song. It was great hearing all these songs I have been hearing, live. Their raw sound was magnified live. I enjoyed the way the lead singer talked about his relationship with God. They ended the set on a high note with “Aftermath” that left me wanting more.
Gideon played next and fired up the crowd. Their first song was “Bad Blood.” Comment about it. “Calloused” was the next song. They allowed the crowd to crowd surf off the stage. Our fists waved back and forth. It was followed by “Pulling Teeth”, “Prodigal” and “World of Hurt”. The lead singer talked about going after your dreams. They concluded the set with “Survive.” Their energy was profound. I’m glad they played a mixture of old and new music.
Wage War is a band I have heard of yet never listened to. Their introduction was the Stars Wars theme song. Their first song was “Blueprints.” They had an abundance of energy, which the crowd responded to.
For Today’s last set in Houston. Their introduction song was “Dance with Somebody” from Whitney Houston. The crowd erupted when they came out on stage. “Break the Cycle” was the first song. Mattie wanted 50 stage dives in the song “Foundation.” “Forced into Fire” was the next song followed by “Molotov”. Mattie thanked the crowd for all the support. Mattie preached about their legacy and everything being about Jesus. They played a mixture of all their songs. Some of them I hadn’t heard of. The mosh pit grew larger on the last song, “Devastator”. This was very emotional for me. I realized their songs and concerts attended will live on.