Interview: Thousand Foot Kurtch frontman Trevor McNevan chats with Audio Ink about the band’s upcoming album, ‘OXYGEN:INHALE’
When Thousand Foot Krutch unleash their new album, “OXYGEN:INHALE,” on Aug. 25, it will mark the band’s seventh studio album. Since 1995, the Canadian rockers have served up crunchy guitar riffs and nu-metal stylings, meaning Thousand Foot Krutch have been together nearly two decades.
“There is no magic answer to keeping a band together,” frontman Trevor McNevan told Audio Ink Radio of the group’s longevity. “We love what we do and are passionate about it. I think over the years, it’s like a marriage. To keep the same guys together in a band, you have to work at it, and it takes sensitivity and you grow together.”
“We feel so blessed to be doing what we love and keep doing it, and we want every record to be something special,” he added. “We bleed our hearts into our songs. We’ve never really tried to follow radio or that pressure, so it’s always been really honest.”
Amid a busy press day, McNevan chatted with Audio Ink about the new album, staying true to his faith and what’s ahead for the Christian rock band in 2014. Enjoy the full interview below.
“Born This Way,” the debut single off “OXYGEN:INHALE,” is a great rock track. Why did you and the guys of Thousand Foot Krutch think this would make the best lead single?
We went back and forth on that, and at the end of the day, it felt right. It’s blues-y, and that’s always been a part of this band, but maybe not as accented as in that song. The song is about being comfortable in your own skin. It’s an anthem for people tried of trying to be someone else and encouraging them to be themselves.
Is there a running theme on the new album?
Without trying, naturally, the theme became taking full breaths and living life to its fullest and living every day like it’s your last, by the way you treat people. It’s about that idea of a refreshing full breath of oxygen.
Do you think being a band with Christian members has been as asset or detriment in the music business?
It’s not something we give a whole lot of thought to. It’s who we are, and obviously, we’re very transparent and open in what we believe. Like any songwriter, our faith is going to make it into our music and lyrics and who we are as a band. It’s not something we’ve tried to hide or that we set out to make Christian rock music. Our faith is our lifestyle, so I don’t think it’s been a detriment.
Tell us about how you’re using the PledgeMusic site to help fund the campaign for “OXYGEN:INHALE.”
We went independent about three and a half years ago. For our last record, we used Kickstarter, and our fans blew us away with the support. It was humbling and amazing. For this album, we switched to PledgeMusic, and it’s the same sort of thing, but just music. This time, we wanted people to know we’re doing this together and growing this together. That’s the whole idea of going independent. Instead of funding the record, we wanted people to be a part of the campaign, with radio, doing the music video and all the things that go with releasing an album. So, fans are able to help with the whole campaign.
What are some of the best memories you have from the recording sessions for the album?
There were a lot of those this time around! It was an exciting record to make. We did a lot of it at our studio in Nashville. I produced it with Aaron Sprinkle, a good friend of mine. We recorded it mostly in Nashville, but also in Toronto. There isn’t one definitive moment that sticks out; the whole process was amazing.
What’s next for Thousand Foot Krutch?
We’re in the moment right now of figuring out our fall tour. So, we’ll definitely be doing a fall tour in the U.S., and we’re also heading back to Russia and the U.K. this fall. We also have a busy festival season, so in general, it’s going to be a busy rest of the year.
For more information on Thousand Foot Krutch, visit the band’s official website.
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