“Classic live blasts that will
put you right into the pit
for the dawn of Christian punk…”

Download the four-song EP
“Live & Lo-Fi 84-87”
free & direct from the Lead

The Lead at Cornerstone 1988. from left: Rob Christie behind the kit, Nina Llopis, a kid from the pit, Julio Rey.

The Lead at Cornerstone 1988. Left to right: Rob Christie behind the kit, Nina Llopis, a kid from the pit, Julio Rey.

“Call it crude truth or Jesus-in-your-face, it’s authentic rage n’ roll.” – Jon Trott, Cornerstone Magazine, 1987

“Let’s just dub them the God Pistols” -Brian Quincy Newcomb, Contemporary Christian Music Magazine, 1988

“Scares the sh!t out of me.” – Dog, MaximumRockNRoll ‘Zine, 1985

It was 1984 when Nina Llopis, Julio Rey and Robbie Christie formed the Lead and began playing punk rock with Christian lyrics at a time when it was almost unheard of. Especially in the land of Miami Vice. But the punk was for real and the Christianity was even more for real. So there were a few of bumps in the road and some derision (from both secular and Christian offended parties) to endure.

But the Lead persevered, opening locally for Suicidal Tendencies and DRI on the way to three Cornerstone Festivals and several groundbreaking releases before the band called it a day in 1991.

The Lead’s Cornerstone 87 set was the first time an audience moshed at that legendary Christian festival with no objections from the band. The opening bands at their 1988 and 1990 sets — The Crucified and Crashdog — would go on to become pillars of  Christian punk as it hit the mainstream later in the 1990s.

The four blasts in this special EP — straight out of the VHS, soundboard & ghettoblaster — will drop you right into the pit and rehearsal room. Rooted in garage punk, then to hardcore and to crossover thrash, it’s a firsthand encapsulation of a brief era when the music, the message and the ministry all mattered.

And for a limited time, it’s yours to download absolutely free. Enter your email address at the right and the download link to the EP will be on its way to your inbox.

So, ready to go back in time? To get pummeled and inspired in one blast? Fill out your email address, crank up your gadget — maybe even open your Bible — and find out for yourself why hall-of-fame journalist Brian Quincy Newcomb once called the Lead “the God Pistols”.