'If Zeppelin and the Who had played Christian-themed rock, this would be the result.' Unconventional blues-rock-pop-etc. With essentially Christian lyrics and message. Underlying Transient Camp's music is the desire to point towards the grace of God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and encourage and build up those who are already in the family of believers. Music is a gift from God and, when done right, it can be a powerful tool for getting a point across. Transient Camp's two founding members, Chris Miuccio and Drew Jessel, began performing rock, pop and blues originals via live shows in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley under the band names 'Xanax' and 'Witness' with a variety of musicians. In 1992, under the name 'Transient Camp' (inspired by John Steinbecks 'The Grapes of Wrath') they recorded their first CD, 'Unchained From Mankind', featuring songs of a personal nature with references to their Christian faith. Selections from the CD aired on KLOS (Los Angeles) local music show. Soon thereafter, they began writing lyrics that reflected more than just a cursory nod to their Christian faith. 'Praise My Lord' featured bold and blatant Christian proclamations and was well received by the various Christian youth groups before whom they were now performing. 1995 saw the completion of 'It's A Wonderful Life?' (re-release available soon through CD Baby!), an ambitious concept album which documents one man's search for meaning in a world devoid of substance and hope. The song cycle tackles difficult subjects including politics, media, infatuation, abortion (sung from the unique perspective of the unborn baby), televangelism, soul searching, the Bible and Jesus Christ. The band went on a temporary hiatus while marriage and fatherhood took priority over songwriting & performing. Only a few sporadic live shows were done during this time. In 1999, many of their songs were posted at MP3.com, where they received encouraging comments from around the world (even as far away as Latvia). 'Always Everywhere' reached the top 10, and three other tunes made the top 40 chart at MP3.com. These uplifting responses caused a creative spark, and writing and recording of new material resumed. Their latest release, 'HOPE!' (2004 - featuring drummer Warren [Wood] Vitale and percussionist Walker Craig) features 12 original compositions. The lyrics alone are guaranteed to inspire 'hope' for the most burned out believer... all the way up to the most 'Type A' Pastor! The band's 'hope' is that the new CD will be used by the Lord to encourage, inspire & remind Christians who He is and how much He loves us. Their hope is also that Christians will share it with their non-believing friends and family as a tool for sharing the Lord with them.