Thousand Foot Krutch at Faith Center

Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK)—the straightforward, aggressive and melodic rock ’n‘ roll band—is making a stop in Rockford during its summer on the road.

These special summer shows are dedicated to promoting the band’s new album, The Art of Breaking.

The Canadian natives, Trevor McNevan (vocals/guitar), Joel Brueyre (bass) and Steve Augustine (drums), formed in 1997.

With the influences of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Anthrax and Faith No More, they have sold more than 200,000 copies of their first two albums, Set It Off and Phenomenon, and shared the stage with some of today’s leading alternative rockers, including Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, The Donnas and Switchfoot.

TFK has seen a lot of success in the time they have been playing live and recording, including winning several awards in Canada and playing on active rock radio in the U.S. Their song “Rawkfist” can be heard in sports stadiums and commercials for national sporting events. The song was even featured on the WB’s television show Smallville.

The song “Rawkfist” was recorded on TFK’s previous album, Phenomenon, which was their breakthrough album. The album landed them five songs on rock radio charts, and helped them take the leap to the mainstream side of music.

The Art of Breaking is an album filled with sheer honesty and hard rock. Their sound ranges from everything between Seether and Mudvayne.

The first single off the album, “Absolute,” has powerful, emotional lyrics and expresses how the band feels about the truth.

“It’s saying we want the truth, we want the absolute and we have nothing left to lose,” McNevan said. “Essentially, it’s us saying we’re tired of people trying to sugarcoat things, while giving false hopes. It’s about demanding honesty.”

The band originally had 25 songs ready when they entered the studio to record their newest album. They would spend at least 15 hours a day there trying to cut down the track list and record each song to the best quality. They wanted to make sure the album was streamlined and versatile.

TFK has also achieved a lot of success on the Christian rock charts, and they aren’t afraid to be proud of it.

“From a spiritual point of view, we’re all Christian guys,” McNevan said. “We would never want to hide that fact, but musically, we just want to play. I just write songs from my point of view, and we just want to spread hope and positivity.”

The band recently connected with an organization called Lamplight, which helps suicidal kids find their way back to a normal life.

“The kids talk to us, which is great, but Lamplight can deal with them on a more personal, day to day level,” Augustine said.

TFK will be on a headline tour and playing at certain festivals this summer. They are hoping to join with another major band to begin a larger tour in the fall.

Thousand Foot Krutch plays at Faith Center, 4701 S. Main St., at 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 18. Info: 212/308-0468.

From the August 17-23, 2005, issue

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