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6 Degrees Entertainment

Thousand Foot Krutch Thousand Foot Krutch
'Hearing Is Still Believing'

Toronto-area Christian rockers Thousand Foot Krutch first appeared in 1997, when Trevor McNevan, Joel Bruyere, and Steve Augustine started putting a worship song spin on a rap-metal sound similar to Limp Bizkit or Korn. After building a buzz around Ontario with numerous shows, a strong demo, and thriving trade of MP3s through its website, Thousand Foot Krutch signed with Diamante and issued Set It Off, its official debut, in March 2001. The album featured a rap-rockified version of EMF's "Unbelievable," tricked out with a Christian-themed rap from McNevan. TFK jumped to the much higher profile Tooth & Nail for September 2003's Phenomenon.

Having formed back when you were all still in high school, how is it that you have managed to stay together after all these years in such a cut throat business?! [Trevor McNevan] "With everyone coming from different musical backgrounds individually, through that creativity and our common faith ... the bond and friendship of the band has grown and all three of us wouldn't want to be in any other band with any people."

What other names for the band were being considered back in those early days - and where did this one originate? "A few other names were ... Shining Tree, Oddball (Neil of Three Days Grace was drummer then), Thousand Foot Krutch, etc. As for the name, it's open to interpretation. We feel it stems from our beliefs trusting in God to pull you through the things that you're faced with."

On your new album, Phenomenon, a lot of the lyrics seem more personal, more educational in some cases - was that deliberate or just a course of nature? "It was deliberate, the first album was more fun and get the crowd going. We felt like it was time to talk about more issues and express the things I see through my own eyes. Suicide, Child Abuse, and the focus on being yourself and not having to be what others think you should be. The underlying message of the new album is that there is hope for them and there is a way out of any given circumstances they may be in."

Where did the inspiration for Phenomenon's artwork come from? "It stems from the meaning of the song. Ryan Clark from Asterik Studios designed it and it represents a matrix style of a subculture of people who believe in the power of the unseen."

Sum up what was going through your head when you were writing these two new songs:

'Rawkfist' - "More of a party anthem and a live show song. Crowd participation type song, it kinda surprised us that it has gotten the support that I has gotten, but are excited to see what it does. It symbolizes that we should stop talking and shake things up a bit, stand for what you believe ... Or just stand for something."

'Last Words' - "'Last Words' is written from the perspective of someone who has committed suicide and is given one chance to come back and talk to the people they love. What would they say or do. This was written in a moment where I really felt the feelings and pressures of both sides of the topics in the song. It was a personally moving moment."

Have you managed to find that elusive guitarist/fourth member yet to add to the line-up? "We haven't technically hired on a fourth member but we have had a very good friend of ours, Jamie Aplin playing for a few months ... and it's been going really well."

If you could change anything about the path that the band has trodden thus far, what would it be and why?! "Honestly, nothing. Character is built through the process you go through together."

Describe TFK's music in just three words "Purpose, Heavy, Groove."

What makes TFK stand out from the musical crowd? "We strive to be creative (lyrically, musically, etc.), and we are definitely inspired by many other acts out there. I think that we continue to grow and mature and are not locked into one specific "sound". Variety is super important to me when I'm writing. We don't want listeners to get bored with any album that we record."

Come on, didn't you really mis-spell the word 'Crutch' simply because with the initials together it made everyone think of fried chicken?!? "Hahahahaha, well ... we thought the K was cooler than the C at the time ... still do!"

Finally, if you were locked into a studio and asked to create a song with a three other musicians, who would they be, which instruments would they play and what would the name of the song be?! "'Beautiful' would be the song title, Mike Einzinger (Incubus) on guitar, Shawn Anderson (Finger Eleven) on bass, and Morgan (Sevendust) on drums."

Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk

If you would like to win a brand new copy of the new Thousand Foot Krutch CD Phenomenon or an offical TFK T-shirt just answer this easy question: On their brand new album, there is the track "Break the Silence". But, which artist recorded the same title and included it on their 1968 album? Send me your answers and if you're correct you'll be in the running to win their brand new CD or an official TFK T-shirt to impressive all your friends! Just send us an e:mail here with your answer and the subject title 'TFK' to:

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