The Cry – Live at Cornerstone 1989

The Cry
Live at Cornerstone 1989
1989 (no label)
Austin, Texas, USA

Chris Wright – Lead vocals, guitars
Melvyn Goveas – Bass, vocals
Larry Hines – Keyboards, vocals
Jim Echols – Drums, vocals

  1. There is One
  2. Just One Way
  3. The Kingdom
  4. Distant Change
  5. I Will Stand
  6. What It Means to Be
  7. Walk Away

Generally, I’m not going to cover too many bootlegs here – mainly because I don’t get that many, and also because there usually isn’t that much to say about most of them other than what songs were played and how bad or decent the recording quality is. I’m making an exception here, because not only is this one of my favorite underground bands, but it is also the performance that won them the new band showcase at Cornerstone AND there are two unreleased songs on this tape. The other 5 songs are from their What It Means to Be demo. The two unreleased songs (well, at least, not released on any recordings I have) fit in well with the other songs. “The Kingdom” really serves more as a 2 ½ minute long intro for “Distant Change,” while “I Will Stand” serves as a full song. “Greater Love” seems to be the only song from their 1988 demo that they decided not to play live here. You can see why they won the new band showcase, and the recording here is pretty good for a bootleg.

The Cry – What It Means to Be

The Cry
What It Means to Be
1988 (no label)
Austin, Texas, USA

Chris Wright – Guitars, harmonicas, lead vocals
Melvyn Goveas – Bass, vocals
Andy Koehl –Keyboards, vocals
Jim Echels – Drums, vocals

Side 1:

  1. There is One
  2. Just One Way
  3. Distant Change

Side 2:

  1. Greater Love
  2. Walk Away
  3. What It Means to Be

I actually have a personal connection to this tape that I don’t have for most of the others I cover here. I didn’t go to church growing up, but went to random services and events here and there. Somehow I ended up at Lutheran student conference called Glorybound in Austin Texas on November 23, 1990. One of the bands they had playing there was Austin’s The Cry. I went to their concert for a bit, but did the typical teen thing of goofing off with friends. I do remember they put on a tight show, but thought I would never hear from them again. In college I got into Christian music and ran into The Cry again when they put three songs on a Light From the Underground compilation. After much searching, I came across this demo, which was recorded a few  years before the time I saw them live. I don’t know if they put out any more demos, but this one is very high quality. U2 is an obvious musical reference, but there are really many other moody alt-rock influences from Sting to The Alarm here as well. One important note is that “There is One” was included on Doug Van Pelt’s Cool Tunes compilation. Their later compilation songs were better, but these still shine as well. I don’t know if the members went anywhere else after this, which is a crying shame if they didn’t.