The heavy hitting sounds of SOJA came through to a massive crowd at Mavericks as The Movement and John Brown’s Body opened.
The Movement has gone through some member changes over the last year and a half as their lead singer removed himself from the group. However, the group still put on a great opening act.
John Brown’s Body kept the crowd dancing as their reggae/jam band influence laid the way for SOJA.
“Give it up for The Movement and John Brown’s Body,” Hemphill said. “We've been touring with these guys for like 5 or 10 years.”
SOJA came on with their horn section blasting to “Mentality,” a song that is meant to open up people’s thoughts to the world around them.
“We were the students but now we’re the ones who teach, we were the children who your lies we did believe. But we ain’t kids no more and we don’t need your speech,” lead singer Jacob Hemphill sang.
Following the first track off of their latest album “Strength to Survive,” SOJA went back to their hit single “I Don’t Wanna Wait” off of their 2009 album “Born in Babylon.”
The song expressing their views for better change in the country around them had the crowd’s hands going up and down with the beat.
“Moving forward to right now, a government that let you down, a racist leader no one trusts and an army that’s bigger than us,” Hemphill sang.
After playing “Decide You're Gone” the band followed with their acoustic track “She Still Loves Me,” however it was done in a much more upbeat tempo and the group did not hold back its enthusiasm.
Though experiencing technical difficulties during the first few songs, including mic feedback and guitar sound, the group continued on with the show.
The powerful album title song, “Strength To Survive,” drew multiple cheers as the band sang of the world’s condition.
Bobby Lee, bassist and vocals, dropped his sunglasses down for the song he originally wrote in the … More