Thousand Foot Krutch frontman Trevor McNevan performs at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada as part of the Creation Festival: The Tour. The band has toured with KoRn and Sevendust. Photo by Eliza Marie Somers
If you like your rock ‘n’ roll on the heavy side with a slice of metal — Sevendust and KoRn — then Thousand Foot Krutch is a band you need to Google. And if that’s not your style — a little poppish punk alternative suits you more — try FM Static on for size. The common threads of these two bands are singer/songwriter Trevor McNevan and drummer Steve Augustine.
It’s a case of duel identities, but it allows McNevan and Augustine to explore their musical interests with two current CDs — TFK’s “Welcome to the Masquerade” and FM Static’s “Dear Diary” — that are as different as a mocha latte with whipped cream and a double espresso dark.
The formation of FM Static in 2004 came out of McNevan’s songwriting for other bands that are not as jagged around the edges at Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK), which McNevan started while in high school in Canada.
“FM Static was an expression of myself,” said McNevan of the softer side of rock. “And Steve also likes that music so we decided to explore and express ourselves in pop/rock. It’s more like summer rock, the lighter side, and it’s been a lot of fun.”
Thousand Foot Krutch at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada, Co. Photo by
Eliza Marie Somers
Both bands performed as part of Creation Festival, The Tour, at Faith Bible Chapel in Arvada in October. Also appearing were Jars of Clay, Audio Adrenaline — UnPlugged, B. Reith and This Beautiful Republic.
FM Static will get the show going in support of “Dear Diary,” a concept album about a boy going through high school and then McNevan and Augustine will come back out to show off their hard rocker side at TFK.
“As musicians, the live show is so important to us,” McNevan said. “Both bands have different energies. We want to make you feel something different with each band.”
But McNevan’s first love is TFK, which has toured with KoRn and Sevendust. “It’s been 12.5 years now with TFK. It has a special place with us, and we feel that we are just getting started. We just haven’t given FM Static as much time.”
TFK is finding quick success with “Masquerade” and might just be on the brink of breaking out with its “Fire it Up,” which is included in the trailer for the “G.I . Joe” movie along with the Versus television network using the song to promote its IndyCar coverage. But that’s not all for TFK, the new EA Sports NHL game will include music from TFK’s “Masquerade”
“This is our most aggressive record to date,” McNevan said. “It hits the nail on the head in what we wanted to do – adrenaline rock. It’s pedal to the metal music. This was a natural progression for us as a band.”
Thousand Foot Krutch has toured with KoRn and Sevendust. Photo by Eliza Marie Somers
TFK is also culling new fans when it hits the road with mainstream heavy metal bands Sevendust and KoRn.
“It was great touring with those guys,” McNevan said. “We make music for everybody. Our faith is our lifestyle not a genre of music. They write songs about how they view life and so do we. We are not a preachy kind of band. It’s a lifestyle. We don’t try to press it on anyone. They respect us for our music and for who we are. It was a blast hanging out with them and sometimes faith came into conversations, and we were just honest with each other.”
And how does McNevan relate his Christianity to others?
“Well, sometimes I think being a Christian has a negative stereotype — we come off as having all the right answers and that’s wrong,” he explained “We believe in the Bible and try to live our lives as an extension of that even with all our imperfections.
“God called us to love one another and that’s what ‘Forward Motion’ is about. It’s important to talk to one another and to love each other. It sounds easier than it is. We all have people in our lives that are not easy to love, but we have to, despite all our imperfections.”
Trevor McNevan fronting FM Static at an artist showcase in Nashville. Photo by Eliza Marie Somers