Church-going Jody mixes up some hot Christian metal
Jody Mortimer is another example of a Porirua musician trying to make an impact out of his cluttered spare bedroom.
There, the Christian metal singer has a microphone and mixing deck set up to record his music. He has plenty of material left over from his most recent band’s recordings, but is always striving to make a more original sound.
Under the moniker Sergeant Christ, Mortimer has produced a two-song CD, featuring songs Run to the Cross and Horror. It took him about three months working in his Sievers Grove home.
‘‘I’ve been in hard rock, punk and thrash metal bands and the music I’m producing now is mixing all that together to come up with a different sound. I’ve had the songs there for a while, it was just a case of re-recording the vocals.’’
The songs have a Christian theme, with Mortimer a regular church- goer, and he says the Christian metal genre is going strong. He hopes to make a music video for one of the songs in Porirua, but the costs and red tape to film it are prohibitive at this stage.
‘‘I’m really keen to make one based on Frankenstein, I love the old horror movies.’’
There are no plans to play anywhere live, with Sergeant Christ just ‘‘a studio band’’ at this point, but Mortimer is keen to record a full album in the future.
While the Sergeant Christ songs are not available to listen to online yet, they can be purchased for $7 from Lo-Cost Records in Petone.