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With a decidedly deliberate method of blending art, infectiousness and faith, Article One is
making a major ripple in the modern rock ranks, as evidenced on its new Inpop records EP The
One (I’m Fighting For). Though the group’s been a mainstay of Canada throughout the 2000s,
its relatively recent migration to America was met with an instant ministry embrace, which as
drummer dave desmit tells CCM, is the primary reason the band keeps logging so many frequent
CCM: What are the themes that run throughout the new songs?
desmit: We explore many different areas of the Christian life, including some topics not
typically discussed in musical circles, such as depression. We want people to come away from our
music feeling encouraged and we want the music to promote positive change in people’s lives.
CCM: Why does the band have such a strong heart for ministry to students and what’s the
biggest issues you’re seeing them face these days?
desmit: We play for tens of thousands of youth every year at dozens of youth camps, retreats
and events. We feel very strongly about using that God-given opportunity to positively influence
our audience as much as we can and we want to be a relevant and God-focused musical
alternative for the youth of today. A big issue we see today is the pressure for youth to succumb
to the cultural norm. There are so many false messages in our culture today that it is easy for
students to get swept up in the status quo and often their faith life can get stifled.
CCM: how does being from Canada give the band international appeal?
desmit: Canadians are known for being friendly and easy-going and I think our band is
no exception. It’s always interesting to meet people from other countries, and as similar
as Canadian and American culture are, there are some differences that always seem to be
fascinating and curious to our American friends. But mostly we find ourselves clearing up
misconceptions about Canada, such as the belief that everyone lives in igloos!
— Andy Argyrakis
the act: Creed
the site: www.creed.com
the sound: Hard rock
the Buzz: recently redeemed rockers
Creed are giving back to fans with
a special $20 ticket price for this
summer’s outdoor amphitheatre tour.
And the group’s rotating list of opening
acts (including skillet on certain shows
and red on others) adds plenty of extra
value to the already appealing package.
the act: daughtry and Lifehouse
the site: www.daughtryofficial.com
the sound: Modern rock
the Buzz: speaking of faith-based tag
teams, mainstream radio dominators
daughtry and Lifehouse are linking
up this summer for a series of arena
shows. But don’t wait a single second
to buy tickets as several dates have
already sold out and it’s only a matter
of time before the remaining gigs
the act: Ivoryline
the site: www.myspace.com/ivoryline
the sound: Alternative rock
the Buzz: Though it was originally
scheduled for a May release, fans of
Ivoryline will have to wait a little while
longer for its sophomore Tooth & nail
Cd Vessels (which hits now streets July
27). nonetheless, the band promises
plenty of noticeable evolution,
alongside production from Aaron
sprinkle (Anberlin, The Almost).