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16 THESE HEARTS

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he epic quest of finding one’s identity might be one of the most universal themes found in the pursuit of art. The hopeless wandering replaced by the hope-filled breakthrough has been chronicled time and again in painting, sculpture, prose, poetry, film and, certainly, music. The men who make up the rock band RED have been through those trials themselves. They’ve taken those experiences to heart, mixed them with a plethora of influences – be they observations on art they admire, or communications with fans they adore – and now burst forth with a dynamic new set of songs geared toward finding who we truly are, inside and out. The time is now for Until We Have Faces.“We had the title before anything else,” says RED bassist Randy Armstrong. “And we didn’t set out to make a concept record. But as I sat and listened back to the final record, it’s amazing how much of the content, pretty much unintentionally, deals directly with the

title of the record. From start to finish, lead vocals and Joe Rickard (named it’s about all the emotions people go one of 2010’s up and coming drumthrough trying to find their identity.” mers” by Modern Drummer magazine) on drums– have had to go through a It takes some doing to meld divergent season of rediscovering who they were inspirational resources as author C.S. as a band, with Rickard as the newest Lewis with the stylings of Sevendust member, both a live force and contribuand Slipknot. But that’s exactly what tor to the songwriting process for Until RED has done with Until We Have We Have Faces. Faces – merge those ideas that inspire with experiences that inform, and craft The result of that introspection is a face-meltingly driving tracks as the end cleaner, more focused RED in the live result. From the out-of-the gate relent- space, and an injection of new energy lessness of “Feed The Machine” and in the writing and recording situation, “Faceless” through the roller coaster as Rickard made his presence felt with of emotion of the song cycle of “Let authority. Many of the tracks on Until It Burn,” “Buried Beneath” and “Not We Have Faces were based on his drum Alone,” to the hope and comfort (even parts, with the rest of the band and in the midst of mourning) of “Best production team (with producer Rob Is Yet To Come” and “Hymn For The Graves again at the helm) building from Missing,” RED compels the listener to them; something quite rare in the rock walk through the fire of confusion and realm, and certainly a working deparpain to emerge confident and strong in ture for RED. their identities. “Joe was writing an entire song the way Simultaneously, the members of RED he would hear it as a drummer; struc– Randy Armstrong, bass; Anthony ture, pre-chorus, chorus, turnaround, Armstrong, guitar; Michael Barnes, everything,” Anthony says. “And I told


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him, ‘If that’s how you write, that’s how to think about our audience and what I write. If you give me your drums, I’ll they’re going to feel the first time they write over it.’” hear the record,” Michael says. “What are some of the emotions that may im“There’s a symmetry to everything now,” pact them? I try to get that emotional Randy elaborates. “We’ve kinda settled feeling stirred up inside me.” into this as four guys with a very serious focus. We get on stage, and it just feels In the making of Until We Have Faces, different. It’s very clean and more in- Barnes was charged with quickly findtense. When we started out doing this, ing his place within these songs, as acwe were punk kids who just wanted to celerated recording time frames meshed make noise,” he continues. “Now we’re with playing packed shows didn’t give really concentrated on being a great the band and its oft-screaming vocalist band.” a lot of down time. So while the ferocity of the musical attack has been amped up, so too the emotion and messages conveyed via the songs on Until We Have Faces. The job and passion of bringing those emotions to the surface falls to vocalist Barnes, a quiet and unassuming man offstage but an undeniable force on stage and in the vocal booth.

ing process of trying to find out who you are, as the circumstances and definitions of the world morph around you. And it’s in that continuous examination that new answers can continue to be found, even for a band that’s been asked the origin of its name a million times.

“People ask what the name RED means and where we came up with it; it’s a power color, a very emotional thing,” Barnes says. “And I think our music gets to the core of that. We’re really trying to flesh out and draw out those emotions that may have been stagnant or just stirAnother crucial aspect of RED’s over- ring up in people.” all identity is the band’s relationship with its fans. Through feedback and The thing is, the members of RED really support received with RED’s first two don’t mind the questions. And they’re Grammy nominated projects, End of inviting fans to help them find the anSilence (6/6/06) and Innocence & In- swers. They know it’s in the reaching, stinct (2/10/09), and the five-plus years the yearning, the struggling, the wantof near-constant touring, the members ing and the needing that new identity knew they could reach out to the fan is formed, emerging forged and strong, base for inspiration and direction for powerful and loud. Until We Have Faces.

He knows the goal: connecting those hard-earned fans with the stories being told through RED’s music. “I like It’s part of that ongoing and ever-chang-


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found out about Sonshine a few years ago (back in 2009) but I fell in love the second I started reading what it was all about. I even gave a speech on the festival that spring, before I ever even attended! Now this will be my fourth summer attending Sonshine and I’m just as excited as if it was my first. There’s an indescribable feeling that washes over you the second you go through those gates. You just know you’re about to begin the best week of the summer. I think that’s my favorite part about Sonshine—the atmosphere. Yes, I love the bands and the music, but that’s only part of it. I love all the new friends you make while hanging around in the crowd at 2nd Stage. I love taking laps around the Civic Center, getting to know the people who run the booths and hear their sto-

ries. I love the insane amount of energy the best. I hope to share the magic that is that pulses from the HM Stage. I love the Sonshine with my own children somecrazy weather that makes for some of the day! best stories. I like being on the Street Team for SonI love the buzz of excitement at the end shine because I get to take my love for of the day during the migration back the festival and share it with as many to Tent City. I love when the sun is just people as possible. I wish that everyone starting to go down at Main Stage and could experience all the amazing things the entire crowd surrounding you has that Sonshine has to offer! Each year has their hands raised in worship. Every- been different, from the bands to the thing about Sonshine makes me smile, people to the weather, but the memories and I wouldn’t miss it for the world. and happiness Sonshine has given me remain the same. Another great thing about Sonshine is the welcoming family environment. My Not only that, but attending the festival mom and I have attended together every has also helped me to increase my faith year—sometimes with friends, some- and strengthen my relationship with Jetimes without—but we’ve been able to sus. I promise you, once you attend Sonbuild some awesome memories together shine, you will never be the same again. that I know I’ll never forget. Sonshine And it will all be for the better. Festival is the first family vacation we ever had and it’s definitely proved to be

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ew bands effectively walk the line between the mainstream pop/rock and indie dance/rock genres. The Lost Colors manage to be one of the few. After two years of playing music and growing together, they’ve earned their reputation for catchy melodies, groovy rhythms and fun dance beats. Music aside, their energetic live performances and quirky stage personalities also help them deliver a positive message to show-goers everywhere with a spunky, in-your-face attitude. “Turn Around” is an assurance that no matter how down you feel, or how tough what you’re going through, that God can get you through it., while “Say OK” encourages listeners to stand up against the negative in their lives and fight to change their lives for the better. In the past two years the band has had the privilege of sharing the stage with nationally known artists ranging from Hey Monday to Hawthorne Heights, from RED to Relient K, and they have no intention of slowing down now. On the contrary, with new front Amanda Blackmon, there are even bigger opportunities lining up on the horizon, including festivals, tours, and new recordings. This Wichita, KS band has been rocking the Midwest for two years, and they’re just getting started.


THIRD DAY

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uring the past 15 years, Third Day has built an impressive career. The Georgia-based band has won 23 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards, three GRAMMY Awards, earned two consecutive American Music Award nods, and multiple ASCAP honors for their songwriting skills. Their catalog of hits has helped define the Christian radio landscape for more than a decade while the band scored 24 No. 1 singles and sold more than six million albums. Success has also earned them respect and admiration from other artists, and Revelation, the band’s 11th studio album, features some intriguing collaborations. Pedal steel guitar phenomenon Robert Randolph adds his distinctive flair to the raucous Southern-fried anthem “Otherside.” Chris Daughtry,

a longtime Third Day fan, adds his unique voice on “Slow Down,” and Flyleaf ’s Lacey Mosely lends her beautiful vocal the poignant ballad “Born Again.”

home as much as we can. Sometimes with that comes this sort of comfort level that I think could be good, but it can also hinder the creativity because you are thinking ‘I can be out of here in an hour and be home.’ By not really being able to look at our watches, it was just a productive time for us to be focused and I really feel like we got the results we needed. This is a new statement of who Third Day is.”

As they entered a studio in Charlottesville, Virginia last spring to begin writing songs for the new album, the band was armed with the seasoned vision that comes from years of experience, yet there was a creative restlessness in their spirit that signaled something different Once out of their comfort zone, the was stirring. band continued to stretch creatively by heading to Los Angeles to work “That initial session in Charlottes- with producer Howard Benson. ville really did set the tone for this “We chose to work with Howard album,” says Anderson. “We’ve because of his incredible history done most of our albums in Atlan- and current resume,” says Powell of ta. We’re all from Atlanta and our Benson’s track record working with families are there and we’re kind of Daughtry, Hoobastank, P.O.D. and home. Even though we travel and Flyleaf. “We loved those records we like to go places, we like to be and the vision he had for those al-


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bums. We really wanted to shake things up. We needed something fresh. We needed to do something different and going with a different producer and then working different places than we’d ever worked before, did get us out of our comfort zone. They weren’t easy decisions but in hindsight, I’m so glad that we did.”

feel we captured that on this album better than we have in a while.” Anderson admits to being initially a little nervous about working with Benson. “It’s the most I’ve ever been intimidated working with a producer,” he admits candidly. “I feel like we started more insecure than ever and we left more confident than ever.”

the complexities of living out one’s faith in today’s world. “Looking over the lyrics, there are different processes in life: there’s faith and prayer and salvation. Within those, you have this place of brokenness. There’s a place of coming before God in prayer and saying ‘I need some help,’ and then there’s the process of being changed and moving forward with what God has shown Carr compares it to a team sud- you. I think those experiences are denly getting a new coach, a tough- reflected throughout this record.” er coach. “A new coach comes in, and he’s not a nice guy, so everyone Adds Lee, “Our goal for the album is intimidated,” he says. “Howard is for these songs to hold out hope came in and made us work hard. for people. Our desire is that peoHe made us think about our pro- ple do relate to a lot of struggles cess and what really matters to us. that are in some of these songs, but It was hard, but he brought the best at the same time on this album find out of us and we’re really happy strength and find hope and enwith the result.” couragement.”

The band credits Benson with teaching them that less is more. “It almost sounds too cliché to keep it simple,” says guitarist Mark Lee, “but it really does work well with music, with any sort of creative thing. If you’re having to really think hard, then you’re probably thinking too hard. If it’s a great song, it just comes naturally and that’s how music should be. It should be a natural expression of what’s inside and the emotion. I The songs on the album explore


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THESE HEARTS When Fargo, North Dakota-based These Hearts were first formed under the name These Hearts Turn Quickly, they were a pop/ punk band. Nowadays, lead vocalist Ryan Saunders is the lone founding member and the band released their debut record, Forever Ended Yesterday, on June 21. When some of the original members left, the band was looking for a guitarist and drummer, so guitarist Daryl Van Beek and drummer Isaiah Folk joined and the name was shortened to These Hearts. Next, they took more of a scream/post hardcore direction and started writing songs for their EP. They ended up recording independently in South Dakota and supported the EP for a while. “We did some demos out in New York about two years later and tried to write a little more structured songs and get some better recordings to shop around to some labels with,” Van Beek said. “That got a little attention, but nothing we were interested in, so we just supported the demo songs and that EP for another year.” Along the way they had a guitarist quit, which prompted the recruiting of Kyle Colby who was in a local band in Fargo. He was also a friend of These Hearts, who they knew.

Also, their bass player had to leave for personal issues, so they also added Tyler Rice, who they knew from another local band.

“It was just like members from local bands teaming up and making like a local superband,” Van Beek said. “We just started writing a full-length record by ourselves and we ended up (being) produced by Craig Owens and recorded at 37 Studios. That caught the attention of quite a bit of the music industry. We shopped it to labels and got the interest from Victory, which we thought was really cool and promising.” They recently signed a deal and their record came out on June 21. Not only that, but they are also on tour promoting their debut effort. Van Beek said signing to Victory is big for them, because Victory has bands along their genre style, such as A Day to Remember and Silverstein, by whom they are influenced by – and to be on the same label that built them up and brought them to the top shows there is a lot of hope for them and makes them excited to see what their record can do.

independently. On this tour they are playing at some of the major festivals, such as Cornerstone and Ichthus. They’re also on their way to LifeFest and Big Ticket festivals on their venture. Van Beek said it helps to play big festivals, because often times, people travel hours to attend, so not only are they playing for a crowd from that town, but they are also exposing themselves to an entire region at a time. “We’ve made a lot of friends and fans already on this tour, so it’s just a great place to promote your band and get a lot of exposure.” Van Beek said a lot of time and work went into recording the record and it is filled with nothing but songs they feel were the best of what they recorded. “We all personally love this record. We spent over a year writing and recording and getting it produced,” Van Beek said. “We went through some songs that we ended up rewriting or else fully taking off the ones we weren’t really happy with. It’s an album packed with songs we think have a ton of potential and we love playing and we can’t wait for our fans to hear it.”

The tour, Van Beek said, was booked before they signed with Victory,

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pend any time at all with Jamie Grace, and it’s obvious that she’s special. Her infectious smile, bright eyes and her expressive way with words are all telltale signs: this is one unique girl. “She writes, sings and plays her own music. And she has this style that can’t be put into a typical label box,” says TobyMac, who signed Jamie Grace after tracking her clever YouTube videos for more than three years. “When some people sing and play, it’s almost effortless, and their joy is all over them. That’s what grabbed my attention with Jamie Grace. I’ve not been this excited to work with an artist in a long time.” Diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age 11, her young life became a series of heartbreak and challenge, a long season of physical exhaustion, emotional stress and spiritual doubt. Then one day, inspired by the powerful testimony of Tammy Trent on the Revolve Tour, Jamie Grace came to a life-changing conclusion.

love to sing. I have a story, and I’ve got to share it.” Please tell me about the background message behind the song “Hold Me.” I was watching a movie with my sister and her boyfriend a year ago. He’s now her husband. They never made me feel left out, but I didn’t want to join them to watch a movie to watch how happy they were together and that they were in love with each other. So the song came from my yearning that I want to be held and I want to feel important to someone. I ended up trying to write a love song, and I didn’t know where to go with it because I’ve never been in love. I got a little bit of the song written, and I knew I wanted to sing “I love the way You hold me.”

My confidence and my understanding grew as I started to really understand the greatest love I’ve ever known. It has nothing to do with needing the coolest car or a boyfriend or awesome clothes. Love is all about trusting in God to hold you no matter what you are going through. I’ve had a “I heard Tammy speak and I thought, ‘I’ve lot of experiences in my life of needing to cried enough. It’s time to accept my joy,’” trust in God to hold me. He’s the only one she said. “It was just the long process of fi- who is going to be there. That’s what the nally realizing that, even with Tourette’s, I song is about, knowing that God is there still have something to do with my life. I to hold you and the joy that comes with

that knowledge and understanding. Do you have a life verse, or are there any Bible verses you used in writing the song? My life passage is Psalm 35: But those who want the best for me, let them have the last word—a glad shout!—and say, over and over and over, “God is great—everything works together for good for his servant.” I’ll tell the world how great and good you are, I’ll shout Hallelujah all day, every day. What’s the takeaway message for listeners? “Hold Me” communicates the truth that God will always love and never leave His children. These songs are my heart songs, straight off the pages of my diary. They are very simple, very chill, but very fun. It’s what I think about, and what gets me through. When pain is there, when I’m confused and discombobulated, God’s joy is there for me. God’s joy makes me smile and I can feel Him smiling on me. Every song you listen to, every movie and television show you watch, they all plant seeds. Whether it’s my songs or big powerful worship ballads, I think it’s important to listen to songs that are uplifting and are meaningful. I completely pour my heart into my songs and I want people to share in the joy that I have in Christ.


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