Although Boiling Point listeners might come for the passionate vocals and memorable guitar hooks, the independent rock band’s emotional depth and unflinching honesty is what keeps crowds coming back.
Boiling Point continues to explore that realness with brand new album titled Hope Lives Here. The music comes on the tails of their YouTube based mini-series by the same name exploring their mission work in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
The album’s first single and title track “Hope Lives Here” rose to #4 on the CMW Rock Radio Charts and spent 26 weeks on the chart, as well as unexpectedly jumping onto the CMW CHR/AC Charts Top 20. Their follow-up single, “Monuments” has charted for 40 weeks on the CMW Rock Radio Charts while peaking at #2. All told, the first two singles have spent 66 consecutive weeks on the CMW Rock Chart.
Additionally, that band’s first Christmas single “Rejoice (O Come),” rose to #1 on the CMW Christmas Chart beating out the likes of Chris Tomlin, for King & Country, Anne Wilson, among others. “Ready, Set, No,” featuring some guest vocals by former Boiling Point guitar player Chris Depoian, who now operates under the moniker Depoian, looks to continue the album’s success.
It has been an unprecedented and completely unexpected year for the band. In February 2022, the band took home The Amp Award for Best Alt/Rock Album of the Year at the We Love Christian Music Awards presented by New Release Today. The band had the privilege of performing live in Memphis for the award show. Boiling Point also had the blessing of signing with Broadhead Music Group in the spring of 2021, just prior to the release of Hope Lives Here. The label has helped propel the band to unprecedented success with its uncompromising focus on artist development.
Hope Lives Here continues to demonstrate Boiling Point’s thoughtful nature and range of emotions. The boiling point is the point at which water evaporates—representing a fundamental change even while the elements remain the same. At the boiling point, we are energized and dispersed. Boiling Point members Eric Bjorklund (vocals, guitar, piano), Joe Schaumann (guitar), Ian Combs (bass) and Ryan Cihlar (drums) hope to reflect that potential while recognizing the challenges that remain even after the cathartic boiling point has been reached. Boiling Point’s music harnesses the bubbly and fun side of life, but their songs are also not afraid to explore the pain we all face.
For Boiling Point, that type of change happens after encountering God. Their lyrics are subtle and nuanced, and while they do not always address faith literally, they always reflect a hopeful perspective that will lead a person deeper in search of grace. This approach places Boiling Point on common ground with listeners from a wide range of backgrounds and beliefs.
The focus on what matters most to our hearts has driven Boiling Point since their first full length release Rules Of The Broken in 2010. The 2012 follow-up EP If Love showcased the band’s growth, both lyrically and sonically. With their next releases, More and More: Sessions & Remixes, the band both celebrated their loyal fanbase and expanded it. In 2017, the band next released their Take Courage EP, which was lauded as the band’s best effort to date.
Outside of the studio, Boiling Point’s dynamic live performances have positioned them in opening slots for industry staples such as Switchfoot, Third Day, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mac Powell, Kari Jobe, Remedy Drive, We Are Vessel, and Red. They’ve taken the stage in front of large audiences at events and venues like SoulFest, Lifest, Lifelight, ConnectFest, Sonshine Festival, PowerLight Festival, Minnesota State, and Schwan’s USA Youth Cup. The band has honed their skills with performances at churches, youth camps, and retreats.
Boiling Point has also landed song placements with ESPN College Football Live and frequent use of songs by the Twin Cities’ KSTP-45 TV. The Boiling Point YouTube channel has amassed 63 million cumulative views. The band has also experienced significant success on radio. Along with the success of the newest singles from Hope Lives Here, their song "Stay With Me" reached #12 on the CMW charts, while "Put Your Hands Up" and "Brand New Day" rose to #9 and #7, respectively.