Children 18:3 – On The Run (Review)

Children 18:3 – On The Run (Review)

Tooth & Nail Records

Released June 19th 2012

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

I remember it like it was yesterday, going into my local best buy and picking up Children 18:3‘s debut, self-titled album on the shelves and shelling out  the cash for their exorbitant pricing and being rewarded with an album that I didn’t stop replaying on my ipod for a month straight.

Then I had to wait for far too long for too long for their sophomore effort Rain’s A’ Comin‘ and somehow we’re already here at number three with On The Run. I feel like my baby was just in diapers and now she’s in kindergarten. At least she’s potty trained.

On to the music, the new Children 18:3 album starts off with a relief of any fear that the high energy punk rock band had changed their tone or tune, but with “Moment To Moment” the drum beats show us that they’re not going anywhere different any time soon while David Hostetter’s lyrics note “every choice before you was a challenge to succeed”.

If you were wondering if the dual vocal nature of the band would continue with Lee Marie Hostetter joining in, have no worry, as she quickly gets involved with “Bandits” and then takes the lead on “We’ll Never Say Goodbye”, a song clinging to the final days of Summer.

“What About Justice” is the most aggressive track on the album and it takes an honest look at trying to bring justice while having to overcome one’s own weaknesses. Compare that to possibly the band’s most fragile song to date in “Always On The Run”.

“Why Are You Afraid Of The Dark?” fits in well with an overall album theme that seems to show an understanding of the great need for strength and protection from God in a terrible world.

All in all, the latest release from Children 18:3 is a great blend of gritty punk rock with pop sensibilities and one of the very few left in the genre, so be sure to drink it up!

Score: 4.5/5


  1. Moment To Moment
  2. Bandits
  3. We’ll Never Say Goodbye
  4. What About Justice?
  5. Jenny
  6. Always On The Run
  7. I Tried To Do The Right Thing
  8. Holding On
  9. Why Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
  10. Nowhere To Run
  11. All In Your Head
  12. Drifter

About Tyler Hess

Tyler Hess has been running Christian Music Zine since he created the site in 2008. His favorite bands are Relient K, Bleach, Emery, House of Heroes, The Classic Crime, Children 18:3 and Anberlin. Twitter = @tylerscotthess More Posts

7 Comments to “Children 18:3 – On The Run (Review)”

  1. How long is this album? I wasn’t crazy for the last work, but thought it was pretty good. My biggest complaint was that it seemed there were many short songs (6 tracks under 3 minutes, 5 of which were under 2.5 minutes, 3 of which were under 2 minutes). I was hoping this would be better in that department, so any comment?

    • its pop punk, you want an eight minute song?

      • No, but if you look at Rain’s a Comin’, it was only 33 minutes, 23 seconds. That’s short. I guess since I’m not a preson too knowledgeable on genres and their characteristics, I don’t necessarily hold different genres to different standards, like expecting pop punk to match the song length of whatever other genres I listen to.

  2. the song lengths in order are…
    1. 2:40 – Moment To Moment
    2. 2:40 – Bandits
    3. 4:07 – We’ll Never Say Goodbye
    4. 4:00 – What About Jusice
    5. 3:30 – Jenny
    6. 3:51 – Always On The Run
    7. 3:47 – I Tried To Do The Right Thing
    8. 3:18 – Holding On
    9. 3:50 – Why Are You Afraid Of The Dark?
    10. 3:09 – Nowhere To Run
    11. 3:26 – All In Your Head
    12. 1:29 – Drifter

    39:47 is the total running length of the album, and really just 3 songs coming in under 3 minutes with one super shorty at the end… Overall a well done album

    • Yeah, that’s a pretty good length, about a 30-second increase to each song, on average. I’m sure the last is a simple outro, not uncommon or unexpected. Their previous album just had so many short songs it left me wanting to hear more from them. I like them, I jsut hated not having a whole lot to hear.

  3. “…and one of the very few left in the genre…” Um, I think you’re wrong there Tyler. Pop Punk/Melodic Punk/Gravel Punk/etc. has seen a huge resurgence the past year and everywhere you look are like minded bands bringing back that style we all fell in love with. Sure, there may not be too many mainstream “Christian” bands with pop-punk songs on the radio, but it’s coming I do promise you that. Alakrity, Thirtyseven, and Blank Pages are good examples of up and coming “Christian” punk bands. Sometimes the Christian market trails the general market so just give it a year or so ;)

    • I was mainly speaking of the Christian market, yes, but can you say any of those bands you mentioned as being anywhere near the level of popularity of Children 18:3 who themselves are not exactly big time headliners?

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