Frontman Joani Gomez shares that, despite playing there Sunday through Tuesday, the worst nights of the week possible, the shows went well. STN was the opening band, along with two other British bands, for the farewell tour of England’s Martyr Defiled.
The greatest barrier in Czech Republic and Slovakia was that hardly anyone in the audience spoke English. Joani shares the Gospel from stage at every show, although being the opening act didn’t allow much time for that. The other bands heard the message each night, and told Joani that although they weren’t Christians, they supported what he was doing, and thought it was cool that he gave a message of hope to the audience.
In Bratislava, there was a couple up front head banging throughout the show. Afterwards, they said it was the first time they’d ever heard such an amazing opening band! Joani gave them a CD, and as the guy read the song titles, he said, “So you guys are Christians, right?” Joani was able to explain to him that their message is that Jesus is the hope for this world. The show’s promoter later told Joani that this guy is a very well-known artist/designer in the city, and Joani intends to keep in contact with him.
In Oslo, Norway, STN opened up for another UK band, The Raven Age, who are becoming quite popular in the European hardcore/metal scene. Several of the guys in the band said they were Christians, but were surprised that Joani was so open about his faith, preaching at all the shows. They commented that it’s rare for anyone to do that in the club scene in Europe.
Sobre Todo Nombre is looking at a South American tour for next year, as well as the opportunity to tour in Japan!
Holy Spirit, we pray that You water the seed that was planted in many lives through this tour, and that those artists who claim to know you would be emboldened by Joani’s example, and likewise use the platform they have to share the message of Jesus! We also pray that you continue to open the doors for STN to proclaim the Gospel, not only in the club scene in Europe, but also in South America and Japan!