STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone.
— Psalm 118:22
Taking their name from an Old Testament biblical reference thought to be about Jesus, and sounding like the second coming of Creed, the Douglassville power trio Headstone 118 are rocking the gospel, while feeding and encouraging the homeless, as part of the Save a Life Tour May 16 in Philadelphia and May 30 in Camden, N.J.
“Our friend, John, from (the band) Romans Road got us involved. This was something on his heart, and that he wanted to do,” said singer/guitarist Jeremy Rohrbach, who had been playing music with his friend, drummer Mark Lackman, until Atlantic City show band veteran Bill Dilks joined them to play bass eight years ago.
The May 16 event with Romans Road and Right to Become is coming up 1 to 5 p.m. at Ruth Street and Hart Lane in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Later they’ll cross the river to Camden’s Roosevelt Plaza Park on North Fifth Street to play songs like “No Compromise,” “I Believe,” “Lies” and tracks from their second album, and their first as a trio, “Left Behind.”
“You’ve got to know where you are with the Lord,” Rohrbach said of the title track to “Left Behind,” noting that Headstone 118’s lyrics are “taken from scripture.”
“We’re not a screamo band; we’re very real,” he said, adding that he admires St. Paul because he was “a rocker, bold and sincere.”
In 2012 they were named “Fan Favorite” at the Gospel Music Channel Power Weekend national contest for unsigned bands.
Other upcoming shows posted at www.headstone118.com include the Williamstown, N.J. American Legion for the Pit Bull Motorcycle Run on June 7, The Cool Cricket in Fieldsboro, N.J. July 25 and the Family First benefit for leukemia patients and their families Sept. 27 in Pottstown’s Manatawny Park. “We’ll play anywhere as long as its a good cause,” Rohrbach said.
Stay in touch with the band on Facebook at www.facebook.com/headstone118markjeremybill, on Twitter and Instagram @headstone118, or jam to their Reverb Nation page at www.reverbnation.com/headstone118.