Portrait Of A Christian Punk/Rock/Ska Adolescence

You’ve probably heard of Switchfoot, P.O.D., and maybe even MxPx‘s “Slowly Going the Way of the Buffalo”… but if you recognize any of these bands, there’s a good chance that you had a Christian punk/rock/ska adolescence of your own.

Slick Shoes

The Juliana Theory

Ace Troubleshooter


Five Iron Frenzy



Ghoti Hook

The Huntingtons


Sanctus Real

The Waiting

And if you recognize the following band, your Christian-rock adolescence went far beyond “legitimate;” it was probably a bit too much…


Their song “Don’t Forget About Today” makes less-than-inspiring lyrical choices, but its impressive riffs and uplifting spirit are perfectly representational of both Hangnail and the adolescent air that, for me, will always surround this music.

My wife and brother-in-law will undoubtedly shake their heads at some of the albums on this list and think instead of bands like the Insyderz, The O.C. Supertones, and Skypark…

I guess everybody’s portrait is unique.

What does yours look like?

Allen Marshall O'Brien

Allen Marshall O’Brien is the pastor of a UCC church in Northern California and co-host of the Irenicast. He believes in the importance of education, peace, and ecology, throws things to his border collie Sonata, and writes for multiple platforms.

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