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Chameleon Club Presents...
Thousand Foot Krutch
Love And Death Featuring Brian Head Welch, Carving Out Fiction
Sat, February 23, 2013
$15.00 - $17.00
This event is all ageshttp://www.chameleonclub.net/event/194533/
For those who've been following the Ontario-bred players since their formation in 1998, it's been a continuously escalating highlight reel that includes best-selling albums, four top 25 Active Rock hits (including the top 20 smash "Fire It Up"), plus
a slew of soundtrack slots. In fact, the group has literally infiltrated every facet of pop culture, from ongoing ESPN placements, to various NASCAR, MLB, NHL and NFL airings (including the 2010 Super Bowl), along with the "GI Joe" movie trailer, WGN-TV's "Smallville" and EA Sports' "NHL 2010" video game. That trend is continuing at breakneck speed with the new project, which even prior to hitting streets, found the lead single "Light Up the Sky" and fellow adrenaline-infused rocker "Let Sparks Fly" picked up by ESPN. Both tracks also serve as the ultimate tone setters for the sonic explosions contained within The End Is Where We Begin, which could be considered the ultimate Thousand Foot Krutch mix-tape showcasing a myriad of full-throttled personalities.
"If I had to use one word to describe the sound of this record, I would say 'uninhibited,'" ponders McNevan. "From the beginning, the architecture of this record was different from the others. I knew this one was something special when I felt the need to go back- back to just sitting on the bed with a guitar with no outside voices- and being inspired by just the simple possibilities. The past songs and records have always been honest- that's something very true to our hearts as musicians and always will be- but this was something different. There's something that happens when you turn the sound down and just listen. I'll never forget those moments."
Throughout that period of simplifying and waiting for inspiration to arrive, McNevan popped in the band's very first project, That's What People Do, which echoed respected rappers like Run-DMC and the Beastie Boys, cross-pollinated with the rhythmic grooves of Red Hot Chili Peppers. Those inspirations return throughout The End Is Where We Begin, alongside the group's continuously marinating blend of towering choruses, razor-sharp rhythms, epic arrangements and stadium shaking
rumbles. "As a songwriter, Trevor's always been one to keep his thumb on the pulse of what's going on in music at any given time," explains drummer Steve Augustine. "This record in a lot of ways, is a bridge going back to where we came from, traveling all the way through where we've been, to where we're going," states McNevan.
One key sonic ingredient that runs throughout the album is a raw grit that mirrors the group's unrelenting live sound. To capture that sound, Thousand Foot Krutch teamed up with good friends, producer Aaron Sprinkle (Deftones, Anberlin, Pedro the Lion, The Almost) and mixing engineer J.R. McNeely (Paramore, Underoath, MXPX, Relient K). Sprinkle co-produced with McNevan, as well as produced Masquerade. "I work on a lot of the song arrangement/pre production in the writing stages of the record, and then get with the guys to add their input and work through what's best for the rhythm sections of the song," says McNevan. "Steve and Joel are two of the best players out there, so that part's always a treat. Making the record, Aaron and I ran between his studio in Seattle and mine in Nashville, working on everything there and overseeing things remotely, while Steve and Joel tracked bass and drums in their home studios in Canada. It's an interesting process, but seems to work well for us. We're a very hands on group of guys."
"We aimed for the sounds to be pretty raw and to reach back on purpose, like [2003's breakthrough record] Phenomenon, which had a certain kind of energy to it that we weren't able to find again until now," says Augustine. "We wanted to do a raw record where we're not replacing sounds or realigning parts to fix things, but going in with strong takes the first time around and having that translate towards more energy."
The lyrical make-up of The End Is Where We Begin is just as urgent and insistent, while continuing in the group's positive and proactive tradition. Hardly a moment goes by on the album where listeners aren't being motivated towards a call to action, much like how the band literally risked its whole career to put its unadulterated artistic vision on display. "Without trying, this record has a very militant theme to it, with songs like 'War Of Change' and 'Courtesy Call' painting more of a visual for that," states McNevan. "There's an urgency to it and I think the timing feels right. This record's heart can be summed up by 'Be The Change,' the album's lyric and phrase seen throughout the album artwork."
Continues Augustine: "We've always felt we've made music for everyone, whether that be rock or whatever style we happen to be recording at the time. We try to make good music anyone would enjoy, but with a positive message that talks about what we believe and what comes from the heart."
When it comes to Thousand Foot Krutch's vast array of listeners, which include a half million Facebook followers from literally all walks of life, few bands can boast having such a loyal following. Not only do the guys make it a point to sign autographs after shows and stay feverishly connected on social networking sites, but they even provided a hands-on opportunity to get involved with the making of The End Is Where We Begin. Fans are taking literal ownership of the record after contributing to the group's indie efforts via Kickstarter.com (a new venture that allows artists to "fund and follow creatively") and in return, the band provided an all access glimpse into the recording process. "Since day one we've actually been uncomfortable with the term 'fans' because these people mean so much more to us," assures McNevan. "They're the friends and family of the band so to speak and I think they've grown to trust us over the years, which is something that's been built between us and not manufactured…Teaming with Kickstarter allowed us to launch the idea of recording this record and open the door for anyone who pledges support to be a part of the process. It's not just about asking for money, which would've made us feel pretty uncomfortable. It's about being able to create packages with various levels of exclusives, from Skype calls with the band, to exclusive vinyl, handwritten lyrics and just a closer connection in general. We had no idea what it would amount to and if we'd even make our goal, but we ended up going
quite a bit past it."
When it comes to the subject of surpassing goals, The End Is Where We Begin doesn't just find Thousand Foot Krutch's new career direction taking off like a tour de force, but also serves as a creative pinnacle that blends the most innovative elements of yesterday with the ground-breaking strides of today. "I think this is a step forward in a new and inspired direction for us musically and as a band," sums up McNevan. "It's everything we could've hoped for and we're excited to head into this season. Sometimes we need to go back to go forward and remember where we came from, which connects on a lot of different levels. We hope to keep making music that's honest to us and continue to grow together with our audience."
With Love & Death, the music now lives under it’s own banner. “Many people have confused my speaking dates and our band dates because they were both being booked as Brian Head Welch” says Welch. “I have wanted to go to a band name for branding my music for a few years. It has been an ongoing discussion with my management, but we were just starting to tour and I was in the middle of supporting my third book and it seemed like a bad time to switch brands. Now with the new music coming out, its time to really separate the things I do. I want the music to be about music. I will still be doing public speaking under Brian Head Welch. I am happy that all the confusion will be over.”
Love & Death formed when Welch decided to have band try outs on YouTube in 2009. “I picked the guys and then had a jam session in Phoenix” says Welch. “Over the last couple of years, there have been a few line up changes as we went through normal growing pains. The current band has been together and touring for a while now and they are a big part of the new music and the future of this new brand.”
The band’s latest single “Paralyzed” is already #5 on the BDS rock chart (the single was released under the name Brian Head Welch). “Paralyzed” was produced by Jason Rauch (Red, Breaking Benjamin) and mixed by Lee Bridges (Third Day, Newsboys). “‘Paralyzed’ was one of the first songs co-written with Producer Jason Rauch” states Welch. “He came to me with the idea and we both dove into it until it was all there. Jason is really helping me get back to crushing riffs. My first solo CD was an experimental album so the riffs were definitely lacking. Today's a new day and I'm excited about the future. ‘Paralyzed’ is only a taste of what's to come.”
An all original rock band hailing from York, Pennsylvania. Carving Out Fiction has been brewing for several years. Initially an outlet for drummer/multi-instrumentalist Joe Coria to release solo albums, the band became a four piece in May 2010. The band has since been building up steam in the
York, Harrisburg, and Lancaster music scene. The band became an instant crowd favorite. At their second show, they sold over 150 tickets, prompting the venue to produce a will call list. This show was the CD release party for their second CD, The Art In Havok. After only 8 shows, the band was asked to open for national band Jimmie's Chicken Shack at the Chameleon Club. They continued to be selected to support national acts such as Papa Roach, Art of Dying, Hawthorne Heights, Bowling For Soup, Adema, Taproot, Edisun and The Misfits. Carving Out Fiction also had offers with Fuel, Crossfade, Saliva, Everclear, Pop Evil, Burn Halo, Kyng, Psychostick and Motograter. Their single "Conversation's End" has received radio play on 1057 The X and was also selected to be put on the Millennium Music Conference 15 Compilation CD. It has also received air play on numerous college radio stations and internet radio. The band's new single "Oceans" which is on their new EP Pariah! Go Pariah! has also received radio air play on 1057 The X and internet radio. Carving Out Fiction was voted best new band and won album of the year for 2011 at the 717 Music Awards on 03/26/11. The band won Artist and Album of the Year at the 2012 717 Music Awards on 03/24/12. The band was also featured on 105.7 The X as the "Home Grown" band of the week on 04/15/11. The band also was featured in the York Dispatch Newspaper "Flipside". The band was recently featured on 101.5 Bob Rocks (Greencastle, PA) for a full interview on two different occasions (April and May of 2012). They then were invited back for another interview and to perform acoustically on August 12th, 2012 for the 101.5 Bob Rocks Homegrown Stash. The band now performs as a 5 piece picking up former members of A True Calling and Lotus Blue.
After being compared to GlassJaw, Thrice, Thursday, Green Day, Incubus, Placebo, and Alkaline Trio, the band confirms that they like them, so that’s not too bad.
223 North Water Street
Lancaster, PA, 17603