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The Benjamin Gate

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South African Christian band The Benjamin Gate — made up of singer Adrienne (“Adie”) Liesching, bassist Costa Balamatsias, drummer Nick Volsteedt, and guitarists Marc Pautz and Chris Poisat — splashed the stateside shores in 2001 with their stunning rookie bow, untitled. Their full-length debut received rave reviews, earned four Dove Award nods, and scored a pair of #1 singles on the rock charts (“All Over Me” and “Lay It Down”) and a #2 single (“How Long”), all culminating in solid first round sales. Yet as “untitled” highlighted several Euro-pop touches, “Contact” finds its focus upping the tempo and energy for a more dynamic and daring rock release. Vibrant vocals, masterful melodies, and hard-stacked hooks all come together to give Contact a passionate, guitar-driven clash of rocket-fueled pop and searing six-string distortion. Contact soars with a raw vitality that opts for an energized live feel over the confined sterility of the overtly primed and polished.

Peeling back the history pages, The Benjamin Gate first formed in 1998 following the tragic automobile death of a musician friend named Ben. The effect of the loss — which Adrienne describes as “shocking us into finding our own existence” — brought together The Benjamin Gate’s five members with the charge to take life by the reigns, and for them, it meant fulfilling their dream of starting a band. Sadly the band split up because of their personal life had begun to take precedence over the band (marriage, kids, etc.).

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  • canklebracelet

    I am jealous hnrbledischarge. They are the one band I want to reform and put another album.

    12 Jan 6:21am Reply
  • hnrbledischarge

    I saw them in concert when I was thirteen and got Adrienne's signature. Still so wonderful!

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • manuelomar2001

    So awesome. I miss 'em.

    7 Jul 2012 Reply
  • SaltAgent4

    I agree. I would have loved to seen them in concert. One day I'll see her and them again.

    28 Nov 2011 Reply
  • ethanlevinskas

    insanely underrated band!

    29 Apr 2011 Reply
  • felipetiago

    best band ever! i love em!

    29 Nov 2010 Reply
  • xxoshuxx

    yep. definitely a band that could have really gone places! just a little ahead of their time I guess.

    17 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Matthewof1979

    They where so good.

    29 Aug 2010 Reply
  • Overtaker13

    Bring it back, Adie...please. ;-; Much love.

    3 Jul 2010 Reply
  • thespianoge

    I just re-discovered this band. "Untitled" was in constant rotation when it came out when I was in high school. Coming back to them nearly ten years later, I'm still impressed!

    29 Jun 2010 Reply
  • MrUnBreakable

    lift me up is horrible underrated ²

    18 May 2010 Reply
  • Oopcident

    lift me up is horrible underrated

    4 May 2010 Reply
  • valerini_

    hello all!...i love the benjamin gate, hands is the best song, i think.

    5 Jul 2009 Reply
  • shamgar413

    hi

    13 Jun 2009 Reply
  • mikee090

    hi

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • beefdurk

    Anyone able to upload their old out of print stuff?

    24 Apr 2009 Reply
  • saviotonon

    I ear the benjamin's music, it's so good!!!

    1 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Milehigh_7

    Her and Jeremy can both rock hard... I know they are settling down with family and all but I miss the harder stuff like B Gate and Jeremy's 1st album. I love her voice on lay it down...

    1 Sep 2008 Reply
  • tottinge

    I liked the first thing I ever heard from them -- not a common experience for me. I don't know that I'd run a constant diet of BG but I love to hear them in the mix. Great vibe, great feel.

    26 Feb 2008 Reply
  • juantorrelavega

    need is an incredible song

    8 Jan 2008 Reply
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