Last week's San Diego CityBEAT cover story discussed the backlash against San Francisco's Cold War Kids, not only for being blog darlings but for having a religious Christian background (three of the members met at BIOLA, Bible Institute of Los Angeles). The most glaring example that I saw—and that the story cites—was Marc Hogan from Pitchfork's dismantling of their full-length debut Robbers & Cowards.
The story raises some interesting questions about whether or not indie rock and religion can coexist (ask Sufjan Stevens) and about whether critics co-opted the band's religious past (they are pretty hush-hush about their faith these days) to articulate the fact that they just didn't like CWK all that much.
This story also has some relevant ramifications for Nashville's own indie scene which boasts many acts that came up through the Christian rock pipeline. Music City also boasts its very own religiously affiliated venue (RCKTWN).
Can rock and religion truly co-exist? And why do so many people recoil in horror when they find out a band they dig might be drawing inspiration from some higher power, like they've been misled and had the wool pulled over their eyes? Lastly, why can some artists get away with overt spirituality? Does it always come back to how much you like the actual music?
Via San Diego Serenade's post "Cold War Kids: Unfairly written off for Christian beliefs (or possibly just suck)," which has an interesting take on the issue.