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Black Cherry Soda

Punk Rock
Broomall, Pennsylvania, USA

Emerging from the prominent East Coast hardcore scene (New York, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia), Philadelphia-based Black Cherry Soda has exploded into the pop-punk scene with a sound fusing the energy of hardcore punk with smooth harmonies, straight-up lyrics and melodies to hum in the shower. For the past six years, brothers Dan (vocals) and Tim (drums) Rauter, along with Scott Tyson (guitar) and Dave Calamaro (bass) have managed to combine a love for life with a love for people and a desire to spread the joy of being a Christian. The result…their Bulletboy debut release Back on the Map.

While playing extensively in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas, BCS has played with the following bands: The Prayer Chain, Morella's Forest, Hoi Polloi, MxPx, Ghoti Hook, One-21, Stavesacre, Pennywise, Sometime Sunday, DPW, Speedy Delivery, Puller, among others.

“BCS is four Christian guys who love people, love music, and above all, love Christ. In a scene dominated by so much depression and negativity, loneliness and insecurity, we are trying to show by our music (as well as by example) that all people have tremendous value. God loves us and has offered to save us in spite of ourselves. That is the most amazing thing in the world,” affirms Dan Rauter. “While encouraging Christian youth to stand steadfast in Christ, we also hope our music can break down preconceptions and stereotypes among non-Christians. Additionally, playing at shows not only enables us to encourage others, but also gives us the opportunity to be encouraged by those we meet. We have had excellent Christ-centered fellowship with many of the bands and individuals at concerts. This interaction has been, and will always be, a highlight for us.”

Having grown up during the 80's punk scene, B.C.S. is no stranger to the hardcore scene, its beliefs or its sound. Drawing from the likes of such hardcore greats as 7 Seconds, Fugazi, Dag Nasty, and Minor Threat, B.C.S. adopts a “straight-edge” stance. The straight-edge movement advocates a substance-free lifestyle, brotherly love between people of all races, and monogamous relationships.

As a band of Christian brothers, the “straight-edge” approach is combined with Christian values and woven into B.C.S.'s songs. B.C.S. sees its music as a step towards planting the seeds of God's love and eternal gift. Recognizing the hatred and bitterness prevalent within today's hardcore scene, Black Cherry Soda uses its music as a source of hope and encouragement. Having played both Christian and secular venues, B.C.S. sees its role as not only an entertainer, but also a means to spread God's hope to the unsaved.

“From the start, we had never really considered our songs to be much of anything,” states lead singer Dan. “We just enjoyed playing them and were surprised to learn that other people liked them as well. For us, playing was a chance to regress into adolescence, back when punk was cool, actually meant something, and skinheads weren't Nazis. Having all grown up in the East Coast hardcore scene, we just enjoyed playing songs that reminded us of our past and made us thankful for the present.”

“BCS sees its role not only to entertain, but to spread God's message of love and hope to the unsaved, through its down-to-earth messages, allowing God to work on those hearts that He has prepared,” Dan continues. “BCS is not a preachy band. We are not better than anyone else. We are not rock 'n roll stars. We just love people, love each other, and love music. In a scene dominated by depression, loneliness and insecurity, we are trying to show by example as well as music, that all people have tremendous value, especially to God. God loves us in spite of ourselves. That to me is the most amazing thing in the whole world!”

Discography

1991 Interesting Life of Mine
1993 Chew Your Cud
1004 Don't Spit on Me Vol. 1 Boot to Head Records Split with Crux
1995 Grin Via Records
1998 Back on the Map Bulletproof Music

Interesting Life of Mine

1991 Independent

Dan Rauter – Throat
Scott Tyson – Guits, backing vocals
Pete Radano – Bass, backing vocals
Time Rauter – Drums

  1. Footsteps
  2. Sorrowful You
  3. Mr. Mersault
  4. ILM
  5. Friend
  6. Turning Point
  7. Green
  8. Same Old Story
  9. You Know Me Well
  10. This Unrest
  11. Addict
  12. So You Think
  13. Take a Stand
  14. Uncertain
  15. Spit

Chew Your Cud

1993 Independent

Dan Rauter – Throat
Scott Tyson – Guits, backing vocals
Pete Radano – Bass, backing vocals
Time Rauter – Drums

  1. Blind
  2. Here and Now
  3. Pasttimes and Promises
  4. Stream of Consciousness
  5. Crazy
  6. Bored Happy
  7. Loser Truck, I Hate You

Don't Spit on Me Vol. 1

1994 Boot to Head Records (BTH 002)

  1. Crux - No Clue
  2. Crux - Agenda
  3. Black Cherry Soda - Tried to Be Different
  4. Black Cherry Soda - Too Many Faces

Grin

1995 Via Records (05602)

Dan Rauter - Vocals
Scott Tyson - Guitars
Dave Calamaro - Bass
Tim Rauter - Drums

  1. ILM (1:49)
  2. Same Old Story (3:03)
  3. Tied Up in You (2:31)
  4. Guilt in My Eyes (2:33)
  5. Friend (2:11)
  6. Turning Point (1:39)
  7. Tried to Be Different (2:35)
  8. Here and Now (3:08)
  9. Footsteps (2:18)
  10. Spit (1:11)
  11. Grin (3:23)
  12. Blind (2:55)
  13. Pastimes and Promises (2:40)
  14. Stream (2:41)

Back on the Map

1998 Bulletproof Music (BPD3034)

Dan Rauter - Vocals
Scott Tyson - Guitars
Dave Calamaro - Bass
Tim Rauter - Drums

  1. Your Alibi
  2. Desperate Man
  3. Superhero
  4. Ties That Bind
  5. So You Think
  6. If I Could Only
  7. My History
  8. Times Gone By
  9. Addict
  10. She
  11. Walk the Line
  12. Something True

This album seems to have been recorded in 1997 under the original title Colin.