When Thousand Foot Krutch gave away free music to fans in 2012, the complimentary song was a gesture of thanks for supporting the Christian rock band.
The song, “War of Change,” also was an anthem of sorts for the group's album “The End Is Where We Begin,” said Trevor McNevan, vocalist, songwriter and guitarist for TFK, as he calls it.
McNevan said the track “War of Change” helped convey the transition the band was undergoing at the time, just as it helped band members demonstrate their independence after leaving the record label EMI.
“It was just kind of about life at the time and things that I think are very relatable to people,” McNevan said during a recent telephone interview.
“It's not always bands and record deals and all that stuff but just change in general that can be a painful and powerful and exciting thing in our lives. Nobody essentially likes change, but it can be a great thing — sometimes we have to fight our way through it.”
Thousand Foot Krutch, made up of McNevan, Joel Bruyere on bass and Steve Augustine on drums, will be in Oklahoma City for the 2014 Winter Jam concert Saturday at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
The Christian rockers from Canada will perform along with a multifaceted group of recording artists including the Newsboys, Tenth Avenue North, NewSong, Plumb, Lecrae and Colton Dixon. Love & The Outcome, Everfound and Derek Minor will perform at the iDisciple App Pre-Jam Party.
McNevan said fans can expect a high-energy show during Thousand Foot Krutch's portion of Winter Jam.
“We definitely inject the rock into this show,” he said.
McNevan, who lives in Brentwood, Tenn., with his wife, Erin (the other band members still reside in Ontario), said the band will mix the set up a bit, performing some older songs as well as some of their newer tracks. All of the acts at Winter Jam have to find a balance in what they offer because of the lengthy lineup, he said.
“The motto for this tour is ‘10 bands for 10 bucks,' so the challenge is always to look back through eight records and figure out what do you play in a short set,” he said. “We've tried a few different things, and I think we've finally nailed down what feels right for this length of set. We're definitely mixing it up — a little old and a little new.”
‘Exciting place to be'
McNevan said band members have been in a great frame of mind since leaving the EMI record label and deciding to put out records independently. He said the theme of transition is incorporated into the songs of “The End Is Where We Begin.”
“To us, it represented what we were going through as a band. You know, we had been independent for about six years, then we signed to EMI Tooth and Nail records for 10 years and finished our record deal and chose to go back to being independent, so in that frame of mind, it was kind of ‘the end is where we were beginning,'” McNevan said.
“We were back in one sense where we started — in a new way — and it was an exciting place to be. It was a faith step and kind of a big one for us to take. It's been a blessing, and God's been very faithful. We're working hard and having fun.”
McNevan said the band is almost finished writing songs for a new album, and they hope to get into the studio to record in the spring. Fans, he said, should look to rock out to new music from Thousand Foot Krutch later in the year.
“Definitely in 2014 there will be a new album from TFK,” McNevan said. “We're really excited about getting some new music.”