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Thousand Foot Krutch (TFK) is a Canadian Christian 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.

Overview

Trevor McNevan began the band in Peterboroughmarker, Ontariomarker, a city northeast of Torontomarker, 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, Ontariomarker. Trevor's first band was , which featured Dave Smith on guitar, Tim Baxter on bass and Trevor's good friend, 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, Hinder, Cake, Jimmy Eat World, Paramore, 30 Seconds To Mars, Our Lady Peace, Red, Flyleaf, Yellowcard, Jars of Clay, Sum 41,Trapt, Econoline Crush, Daughtry, Matthew Good Band, Gob, Skillet, Korn, P.O.D.,Chevelle, Sevendust, 10 Years, Demon Hunter, Switchfoot, Hawk Nelson, MXPX, Anberlin, Relient K and many more.

History

Shutterbug (1995–1996)

was released in 1995 by Trevor McNevan. Trevor had friends Dave Smith (guitar), Tim Baxter (bass) and Neil Sanderson (of Three Days Grace) (drums), play on the album. There were 27 songs on the album, the first half rock, the second half hip-hop. McNevan recorded it at Barry Haggarty's studio in his home town of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He worked at McDonalds and other jobs to pay for the studio time.

That's What People Do (1997–1999)

That's What People Do was written the year McNevan started TFK in, 1997. It 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)

Set It Off was released on November 14, 2000. It was the group's first indie 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 toured it extensively across North America and ended up garnering much label attention by selling 85,000 copies of the indie release out of their van. The band also printed a limited edition "Pre-release" version of "Set It Off" only sold at their release party at The Gordon Best Theatre in Peterborough, Ontario for their local fans. TFK toured with Finger Eleven, Econoline Crush, Treble Charger, The Tea Party, Matthew Good Band, Gob, Sum 41 and others. Three Days Grace, which was a cover band at that time, was TFK's regular support act. 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 Mike Harrison, who parted ways about a year later. After Dave Smith's departure, McNevan began writing all the guitar lines and the band has used a live guitar player instead of offically replacing him,

Phenomenon (2003–2004)

In 2003, TFK signed with Seattlemarker-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)

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 2006 . Other popular singles included the debut song "Absolute", which became a fan favourite and Breathe You In, which was released to alternative radio and was one of the band's first slower songs. During this time the band toured extensivley, sharing the stage with bands such as 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)

Bassist Joel Bruyere
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 song "Ignition" found on Toby's album "Portable Sounds". The song has been used in many tv/film placements including monday night football and Nascar. Because of this, 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.

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 Baumhardt to play guitar for them. TFK performed with P.O.D., Chevelle, Sevendust, 10 Years, Daughtry, Red and many other bands on this album. After a lengthy summer playing festivals and one-offs, they were 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 was asked to headline the tour three shows in, but declined. 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)

Thousand Foot Krutch's next 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, where revealed several facts about the record. The band reunited with Aaron Sprinkle to co-produce this album (Sprinkle had previously produced the TFK album Phenomenon) with Emery's Matt Carter assisting and Randy Staub (Metallica/Stone Sour/Nickelback/Our Lady Peace) mixing. The song "Fire It Up" will be featured in video games such as EA Sports NHL 10 and a few others and is featured in the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie trailer. The record was released on September 8, 2009 and peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200.

In summer 2009, McNevan underwent emergency surgery on his appendix, causing TFK to cancel at Creation West Festival (not to be confused with Creation Festival: The Tour). He returned to play shows a week later. 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, and also a Christmas holiday show with 30 Seconds to Mars, Flyleaf, After Midnight Project, and The Veer Union.

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

TFK's sound has changed over the years. From Rapcore, and alternative rock on their first album to Nu Metal and Alternative Metal on their later albums. Their new album is a combination of their signature Hard Rock style combined with electronic and heavy metal influences. Genres used to describe the band’s sound are rap rock, rap metal, rapcore, nu metal, pop punk, punk rock, alternative metal, alternative rock, hard rock, heavy metal and post-grunge.

Band's influences include Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Creed, Our Lady Peace, Finger Eleven and KoRn among others.

Members

Current.




Touring
  • Nick Baumhardt - Guitar (2007-present)
  • Jamie Aplin - Guitar (2003-2007)


Former


Session


Discography



Known unreleased songs

  • Headroom
  • Rude Awakening
  • Small to Say
  • Shook
  • Take It Out on Me
  • Anyone Else


Awards and recognition

Gospel Music Association Canada Covenant Awards
  • 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 three nominations: Group Of The Year, Hard Music Album Of The Year: The Flame In All Of Us, and Hard Music Song Of The Year: "Falls Apart"
  • 2009 nominee, Rock Song Of The Year: "What Do We Know?"


Juno Awards


Shai Awards (formerly The Vibe Awards)
  • 2004 Hard Music Album Of The Year: Phenomenon


Other
  • TFK won Taco Bell's "Feed The Beat" competition in 2008 along with Fireflight and Hit The Lights, they played the Winter X Games in Aspen with ESPN/Taco Bell.


References

  1. Soul Purpose » THOUSAND FOOT KRUTCH | The Art of Breaking
  2. http://www.thousandfootkrutch.com/home#/bio


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