|Thousand Foot Krutch|
|Origin||Peterborough, Ontario, Canada|
|Genre(s)|| Christian rock|
Rap rock (early material)
|Label(s)||Tooth & Nail|
|Associated acts|| FM Static|
The Drawing Room
Three Days Grace
| Trevor "Teerawk" McNevan|
| Dave Smith|
Geoff "Johnny Orbital" Laforet
Thousand Foot Krutch (shortened as TFK) is a Canadian rock band formed in 1997. They have released five major studio albums: Set It Off (2001), Phenomenon (2003), The Art of Breaking (2005), The Flame In All of Us (2007), and Welcome to the Masquerade (2009). Lead singer Trevor McNevan and drummer Steve Augustine are also members of their side project band FM Static.
Trevor McNevan began the band in Peterborough, Ontario, a city northeast of Toronto, where he went to high school. Joel Bruyere, born in Brantford, Ontario, was McNevan's childhood friend who had moved away but remained in contact with him. Drummer Steve Augestine is from Hamilton, Ontario. Trevor's first band was Oddball
, which featured Dave Smith on guitar, Tim Baxter on bass and Trevor's cousin, Three Days Grace's Neil Sanderson, on drums. Oddball recorded only one album, Shutterbug, which was released in 1995. McNevan is the founding member of TFK (along with original guitarist Dave Smith), formed in 1997 in Peterborough, Ontario. McNevan came up with TFK's name "symbolizing the point in our lives that we realize we can't make it on our own strength". He has written and released 6 albums with Thousand Foot Krutch to date and another three with his side Project FM Static.
TFK has worked with producers Aaron Sprinkle (Mae/Anberlin/MxPx), Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace/Billy Talent/Thornley), Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace/Finger Eleven/Simple Plan), and Ken Andrews (Beck/Chris Cornell/Pete Yorn/Tenacious D) on their last 3 Tooth and Nail-released records.
Thousand Foot Krutch has shared the stage with bands like Three Days Grace, Finger Eleven, Trapt, Econoline Crush, Treble Charger, The Tea Party, Scratching Post, Maestro, Rascalz, Rubber, Dogwood, Matthew Good Band, Gob, Skillet, Korn, P.O.D., Egypt Central, Chevelle, Sevendust, 10 Years, Demon Hunter, tobyMac and many more.
was released in 1995 by band Oddball
, which was the first version of TFK. The line-up included four members: Trevor McNevan (vocals, guitar), Dave Smith (guitar), Tim Baxter (bass) and Trevor's good friend, Three Days Grace's Neil Sanderson (drums), who also played in Groundswell (the first version of Three Days Grace). Bands spend a lot of time together and even worked at McDonald's. Oddball disbanded in 1996.
That's What People Do (1998–1999)Edit
That's What People Do was released independently in 1998 and is out of print. It sold over 5000 copies. TFK climbed the ladder of local notoriety throughout Ontario and abroad. Reaching the ears of Ontario commercial radio, CKWF 101.5 FM in their home town of Peterborough took a chance and added "Rhyme Animal", the band's first single from their independent recording, to their rotation. It clicked with listeners and within two months ended up being one of the five most requested songs of the year. In 1999 TFK was chosen by 7 Ball Magazine as one of the top 25 bands in North America. They were also awarded "Best Indie Recording" and Trevor awarded "Vocalist of the Year" by the readers of The Wire Magazine. They were then awarded "Band of the Year" at the 2000 Wire Awards. They were also voted as the #1 band of the millennium on 100.3 FM in Barrie, Ontario.
Set It Off (2000–2002)Edit
Set It Off was released on November 14, 2000. It was the group's debut label release. The sound of the album was distinct in its heavily hip-hop influenced nu metal, and though a few songs from the record (including "Puppet" and "Supafly") impacted at both secular and Christian radio, the band gained notoriety almost entirely through self-promotion and word of mouth. The band also printed a limited edition "Pre-release" version of "Set It Off" at a release party in Peterborough, Ontario for their local fans. TFK toured with Finger Eleven, Econoline Crush, Treble Charger, The Tea Party, Matthew Good Band, Gob and others. Three Days Grace, which was a cover band at that time, was a TFK's opening band. Trevor helped with recordings of Three Days Grace's demo album. He is also featured on their song "This Movie" from this album. Around this same time, Dave Smith left the group; Making McNevan the only original member. Smith was replaced with Myke Harrison, who departed about a year later.
In 2003, TFK signed with Seattle-based Tooth & Nail Records after long consideration and released their critically-acclaimed second full-length CD, Phenomenon. Though something of a departure from the rap-heavy sound of Set it Off, Phenomenon still relied on McNevan's rhythmic vocals, albeit with a solid modern metal sound. Phenomenon was well received, and spawned 4 popular radio singles, including the anthemic "Rawkfist." The CD sold 200,000 units making it one of the best-selling albums in Tooth & Nail's history. They continued this success with the 2004 re-release of Set it Off through Tooth & Nail, allowing for a larger print run and adding 6 songs, including five from "That's What People Do", and one new song "Everyone Like Me", produced by Gavin Brown (Three Days Grace/Billy Talent/Thornley). Now touring majorly, the band needed a guitarist for live shows; because Myke Harrison had not been replaced and Trevor had recorded lead guitars on Phenomenon. So the trio enlisted Jamie Aplin, a member of a fellow Canadian band (h)eadspace who had played drums, as fill in guitarist. Jamie never recorded any records with TFK, making his releationship with the band heavily debated with fans. In that time McNevan and Augustine started a side band called FM Static, which can be classified as a pop-punk or pop/rock band and is usually much more light-hearted. FM Static scoring two #10 hits for their songs "Crazy Mary", and "Something to Believe in."
The Art of Breaking (2005–2006)Edit
On July 19, 2005, they released their third full-length album The Art of Breaking, produced by Arnold Lanni (Our Lady Peace/Finger Eleven/Simple Plan). This album makes almost a complete break from the nu metal sound of Phenomenon, focusing more on heavy elements. The record also features short guitar solos, which is the first TFK album to do so. The Art of Breaking was received well from fans, although some criticized the album's change of style. The single "Move" peaked at #16 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart early 2006Template:Fact. Other popular singles include the debut song "Absolute", another fan favourite and Breathe You In, which was released to alternative radio and is the bands first lighter, slower single. The band was on many tours, festivals and concerts, including concerts with Korn, Paramore, Relient K, AFI, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Hawthorne Heights, Dashboard Confessional, Neverending White Lights, Kill Hannah, Trapt and others.
The Flame in All of Us (2007–2008)Edit
After working in the studio with producer Ken Andrews (Beck/Chris Cornell/Pete Yorn/Tenacious D/Mae) they released The Flame in All of Us on September 18, 2007, with a move to a more mainstream rock sound, with some heavy influences from bands such as fellow Canadian artists Our Lady Peace & other various metal bands. The album is called by fans to defining (as Phenomenon and The Art of Breaking were so different, this album made clear the bands genre) and features the singles "Falls Apart", "What do we Know?", "Favorite Disease" and "The Flame in All of Us". On January 20, 2008 "The Flame In All Of Us" became the 1000th song to ever make it on the ChristianRock.Net Top 30 Chart. Also on Purevolume.com Thousand Foot Krutch was the favorite artist on the 2nd of July 2007 and 26 August 2007.
In 2006, Trevor became involved with TobyMac and helped him write the music for the song "Ignition" found on Toby's album "Portable Sounds". Because of this,Template:Fact in the spring of 2007 the band was part of the TobyMac Portable Sounds tour. The tour was such a success that Toby asked them to do the fall tour as well.Template:Fact
The next tour was in the spring of 2008 when the band toured with Skillet and Decyfer Down. Shortly after this tour, Jamie Aplin returned to Canada and TFK hired Nick Baumhard, a Canadian producer, to play guitar for them. TFK also performed with Egypt Central, P.O.D., Chevelle, Sevendust, 10 Years, Daughtry, RED. After a lengthy summer playing festivals and one-off shows, they were then direct support for the very first Creation Festival: The Tour. The tour consisted of the following nine bands: Kutless, TFK, Pillar, KJ-52, Fireflight, Worth Dying For, Run Kid Run, Esterlyn, and Capital Lights. TFK covered the Christmas song "Jingle Bell Rock" for the Christmas album X Christmas, put out by Tooth & Nail Records.
Welcome To The Masquerade (2009-present)Edit
Thousand Foot Krutch has finished recording their new album titled Welcome to the Masquerade, First announced in early 2009. In April '09, Trevor appeared in a live chat with fans via TFKTV hosted by Mogulus Live Broadcast. In the chat, he revealed several facts about the record. Trevor reunited with Aaron Sprinkle to produce this album (Sprinkle had previously produced the TFK album Phenomenon) and will feature guest's such as Emery's Matt Carter, Mixer Randy Staub (Metallica/Stone Sour/Nickelback/Our Lady Peace), Pete Stewart and Randy Torres.Trevor stated that the album will be very heavy, aggressive, and will in some ways, close to Phenomenon. The album has received promotion from other places as well, most notably that the song "Fire It Up" will be featured in video games such as NHL 10 and a few others and is as well featured in the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie trailer. The record was released on September 8 2009.
In summer 2009, McNevan underwent emergency surgery on his appendix, causing TFK to cancel at Creation Festival (not to be confused with Creation festival: The tour). The band did appear at many other festivals, including their debut appearance at Soulfest. Thousand Foot Krutch has now announced a fall tour to support Welcome to The Masquerade and during fall 2009, TFK will again be performing on Creation Festival: The Tour, with Jars of Clay, Audio Unplugged, B.Reith, FM Static, and This Beautiful Republic. On September 8, 2009 TFK's three albums, Phenomenon, The Art of Breaking, and The Flame In All of Us were re-released as a three-CD set called "Deja Vu: The Thousand Foot Krutch Anthology."
Musical style and influences Edit
Thousand Foot Krutch have most often been classed as Christian rock, with sources also noting a heavy metal side to their music, and some applying a variety of rap-influenced rock terms, including rap metal, nu metal, rap rock and Christian rap.
- Trevor McNevan - vocals, Guitar (Studio) (1995-present)
- Joel Bruyere - Bass Guitar, backing vocals (1999-present) – founded a solo project called The Drawing Room.
- Steve Augustine - drums (2001-present)
- Neil Sanderson - Drums (1995-1996)
- Dave Smith - Guitar (1995-2001)
- Mike Harrison - Guitar (2001-2003)
- Tim Baxter - Bass Guitar (1995-1998)
- Pat Pedasiuk - Bass Guitar (1998-1999)
- Christian Harvey - drums (1997-1999)
- Geoff "Johnny Orbital" Laforet - drums (1999-2001)
- Aaron Sprinkle - keyboards and additional guitars (Phenomenon, Welcome to the Masquerade)
- Arnold Lanni - keyboards (The Art of Breaking)
- Ken Andrews - keyboards (The Flame in All of Us)
- Phil X - additional guitars (The Art of Breaking), The Flame in All of Us)
- Randy Torres - additional guitars (Welcome to the Masquerade)
- Pete Stewart - additional guitar on "Fire it Up" (Welcome to the Masquerade)
- Charlotte Martin - backing vocals on "Inhuman" (The Flame in All of Us)
- Adam Gontier - role unknown on "Hurt" and "Go" (The Art of Breaking)
Studio albums Edit
- 1998 That's What People Do
- 2001 Set It Off
- 2003 Phenomenon
- 2005 The Art of Breaking
- 2007 The Flame in All of Us
- 2009 Welcome to the Masquerade
Awards and recognition Edit
- 2005 Artist Of The Year
- 2005 Group Of The Year
- 2005 Modern Rock Album Of The Year: The Art of Breaking
- 2006 Video Of The Year: Move
- 2008 nominee, Group Of The Year
- 2008 nominee, Hard Music Album Of The Year: The Flame In All Of Us
- 2008 nominee, Hard Music Song Of The Year: "Falls Apart"
- 2009 nominee, Rock Song Of The Year: "What Do We Know?"
- 2005 nominee, Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year: Phenomenon
- 2006 nominee, Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year: The Art of Breaking
- 2008 nominee, Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the year, The Flame in All of Us
- Taco Bell's Feed The Beat
- ↑ Soul Purpose » THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH | The Art of Breaking
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 TFK at allmusic.com
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 TFK at musicmight.com
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 TFK at NME
- ↑ The Wichita Eagle
- ↑ Louisville Courier-Journal
- ↑ http://www.thousandfootkrutch.com/home#/bio
- ↑ http://www.christiantoday.com/article/thousand.foot.krutch.wins.taco.bell.best.of.the.beat/22007.htm