David Bunton: Vocals.
Josh Childers: Guitar.
Andrew Hall: Drums.
Josh: We made a list like a mile long and "The Showdown" was the only thing that we all didn’t hate. *laughter*
David: We played a little punk band back in the day, and, from there, we snowballed into the heavy metal machine that we are, to make a long story short. *laughter* We just jammed, forever. Since like, ’99.
David: Me and Josh have known each other for quite a while. Me and Travis grew up together. Everybody else, just kind of around the time of the end of high school. And Andrew, we met him like three or four years ago. We’ve been together pretty much more than most people that have known each other for a long time just because they tour. I mean, I wake up and see these people everyday. I might as well have known them since I was five.
Josh: A bunch of different stuff.
Josh: Disciple! The last record was mostly old Thrash stuff. Metallica, Pantera, things like that.
Andrew: Same here. Slayer, Pantera.
Andrew: Yeah, I like a lot of drummers. I like Dave Lombardo, Vinnie Paul… Lars, I like Lars.
Josh: We’re not a garage band anymore *laughter*. Personally, I can’t speak for everybody, but for me it’s not like a huge difference. It’s cool to go to shows and play for more than twenty kids, which is what happened the first time we played Rocketown. But we agreed it’d take a whole lot more than what we’ve got before it starts going to our heads.
David: It’s cool.
David: Yeah! So far, I mean, we’ve gotten everything we’ve wanted. We did our first CD and put it out, and soon after we got to do another CD. They spent a lot more on it than they did on the first one, and it’s cool. We got to work with the producer we wanted to, so we’re happy.
David: It’s high voltage. It’s completely different. No screaming-
David: Just complete… power.
Josh: The southern thing will be played out in two years. Guaranteed.
David: I mean, there’s as much southern on this one as there is on the first CD. I mean, we didn’t really try to put a certain amount on the first, we didn’t really try to put a certain amount on the second CD.
David: Yeah, I mean, it’s there. I mean, there’s a lot of different ideas on the new CD.
David: Yeah, I think that song is gonna be on the CD. But it’s a lot slower than that song. More power. If I could say one word to describe it: power. *laughter*
Andrew: It’s a different kind of music. A different kind of metal. It’s not thrash metal, speed metal, death metal… It’s more of just a hard rockin’, heavy metal.
Andrew: Not much. (Josh: Really??) More AC/DC.
David: It’s 9 to 5 Construction Worker. *laughter* I mean, I’m being dead serious.
Josh: We’re moving on up. (Josh: Okay, because it seemed like one subject matter the whole time. But it was really cool. What kind of subjects are you guys going to deal with?) Everyday life. I mean, in reality, if you’re going to cover something as narrow as Old Testament warfare, spiritual warfare, Revelations in the context of ten songs, you start writing the same thing over and over again, unless you’re a lot more creative than I am *laughter*
Josh: Oh, we’re happy of it for what it was, totally. Like we’re totally stoked on what the record was. It’s just, we’re moving on.
Josh: Yeah, I write the lyrics.
Josh: Yeah *laughs* I mean, the new record, it’s just different, it’s not straight up Bible stories. Like, straight up, "okay, this is the story of the walls of Jericho," or "This is the story of David and Goliath," or anything like that anymore. It’s more, I mean, you know, just everyday life. It’s not as exclusive, or anything like that, but I feel like it’s gonna reach more people. (Josh: Do you guys still deal with subjects of God, and the Christian walk, and stuff like that?) We’re Christians. It affects everything we do.
David: Cornerstone, Cornerstone… Hopefully, Lifest, they give massages. *laughter* Creations, I don’t think those. What’s that one…? Spirit? (Amy: Purple Door?) Purple Door! You know, they wouldn’t book us! *laughter* Forget Purple Door! Yeah, and I hope they hear it too! We had a good show last year. We played at ten o’clock in the morning, and everybody was there jamming. (Josh: That's cool!) Yeah, so…forget you, Purple Door. *laughter* The thing is, honestly, forget Purple Door, but man, that was like… awesome. That was like, the end of our summer. It was fun. It was a great festival. It was… the perfect ending to our tour last summer, and they suck for not booking us again, because we had such a good time. Pretty… pretty lame. Hopefully, they’ll book us next year.
Josh: We’ll see. We’re really busy touring this summer. And we spent 10 out of the last 12 months last year on tour. So we might not spend the entire fall on tour.
Josh: Temptation, Come My Way. It’s tentative, but we’re pretty sure.
Josh: Temptation, Come My Way. It’s tentative, but we’re pretty sure.
David: Ten or eleven.
Josh: It's done. (Josh: So you guys have heard it and you liked it, and you’re excited about it?) Yes.
David: Well, we went on a tour with Flyleaf, and we learned a lot from them. They’re killer. They really have their heads on straight. And they’re really out there in the secular market, even more so than, like, the Blindside tour we did. It’s crazy. It’s insane. And that’s more where we’re trying to go. And the shows were just- I mean, honestly, if you don’t have your head on straight, you might get in trouble. Because it’s free. Anything you want is free. Everything’s free. The booze, the women. *laughter* You have to seriously be jamming for the Lamb.
Josh: The thing is, it’s funny, but it’s true.
David: Yeah! I mean, it’s definitely ridiculous. It’s cool to go out with a band like Flyleaf. They totally took care of us. They offered us their bus. They gave us peanut butter and jelly, an ice chest, water everyday. It wasn’t in the contract. They just did it out of the kindness of their hearts. They, first of all, took us out on a tour, which was killer. And, I mean, they are so- have their heads on so straight. I mean, they won’t even wear a wristband with a beer logo on it. So, I mean, like, it’s cool to see that and learn from that. And we’re not exactly like that, but it’s awesome to have that… (Amy: Example.) Yeah! Oh, it’s killer! I mean, because they’re on the radio. They’re blowing up. I mean, they’re gonna be huge. (Josh: They are big!) They’re going on tour with Korn. And they just went on tour with bands that are, honestly, coked out. And they’re just really…I mean, they’re for real…I think they’re a real light in that music scene. So it’s killer.
Josh: And the thing is, they don’t even know. They’re like the most humble people I’ve met. Like they have no idea how big they are. And I don’t think they would even care if they did.
Andrew: They’re not charted, and they’re like top ten in Billboard.
Andrew: Yeah, we went to Target, and it was $6.98. They sell a lot of records.
David: They’re a good band live too. (Josh: Really?) Yeah.
Josh: Which is so rare for a big band. *laughter*
David: Their singer did an acoustic set. We were at the venue and we heard it. They were doing it on the radio, and, honestly, she sounds exactly like the CD. (Josh: Are you serious?) It’s awesome.
Josh: She has a real voice.
David: Put me on an acoustic set, and you will hear, honestly, the most horrible thing ever. But she’s got skill, straight up. They all do, really. (Josh: Kind of a "light in the darkness" kind of thing?) Yeah.
Josh: We just want to affect as many people as we can. I mean, that’s the thing. We’ve been preaching to the choir for awhile, which is fine. We’re glad we can encourage people.
David: Yeah, and it’s killer to tell those stories in a way that other people like Slipknot or heavy bands like that- I mean like, dude, there’s not many bands like that. I mean, Christian heavy music is good. It’s killer. It’s cool to have an alternative, and we’re proud of the message that the old record had. And the new one will have a different message and we’re proud of it too. I mean, the same, but in a different way.
David: Well, I don’t know if you guys know, but Freaked is coming out on Gotee Records. And we’re track one. *laughter*. So, if you honestly took the time to type www.JesusfreakHideout.com in your computer, you better take the time to go and pick up Freaked: A Tribute to dc Talk.
David: It is, honestly, something you can’t teach. It’s a spirit. It’s a vibe. It’s an attitude. It’s a lifestyle choice. High Voltage Heavy Metal is a crushing riff that strikes you from a lightning bolt in a ceiling, through your head, and comes out your heart. It explodes with a 777, and all you’re doing is jamming for the Lamb and rocking the flock.
David: Man, this is killer.
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