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Since the mid-1990s, Disciple’s been a forerunner on the hard rock circuit, but the band’s latest
disc Horseshoes and Hand Grenades (iNO) expands the palette wider than previous projects. Sure,
there are plenty of meaty riffs, chunky drums and reasons to head bang, but the group’s also
exploring a more melodic sound sure to broaden its audience. CCM recently caught up with front
man Kevin Young to get his take on the best of both worlds, along with ways he, bassist israel
Beachy, guitarist Andrew Welch, guitarist Micah Sannan and drummer Trent Reiff are heating up
the soundtrack in the sports scene and ministering to troubled teens.
CCM: how does horseshoes and hand grenades fit into the band’s catalogue?
young: it’s a new beginning and we’re all contributing in a major way. i like to say the new
album is split between a really heavy half and another half that’s kind of for everybody. it’s still
my voice and there’s not much i can do that’s all that different, but it’s a new kind of heavy. We
strived to create good songs with a broader appeal.
CCM: What kind of issues are Disciple’s audiences dealing with these days?
young: Probably every night to every other night, we have someone come up to us who’s either
attempted suicide, is into cutting themselves or dealing with depression. Probably the biggest
song that’s had an impact on people is “After the World” [from 2006’s Scars Remain] where
one girl actually heard it on the radio when she was getting ready to commit suicide and that
song was basically saying that somebody loved her. A conversation with a guy who was cutting
himself inspired us to write the new song “invisible,” which basically confronts the lies that tell
us we’re not good enough with the truth of the word of God.
CCM: how has getting all over ESPn and World Wrestling Entertainment exposed your music to
young: We have a lot of fans who heard us on WWe or “Friday Night Lights” and say they bought
all our CDs because of the one song they heard and now they’re a huge fan, which is really cool.
CCM: So are you guys athletic outside of being so musical?
young: everybody in the band is unique and we all have our own interests and likes, though i’m
very sporty. We have Direct Tv’s NFL Sunday Ticket on the bus and get every game possible. Half
the time the guys are making fun of me and half the time they’re watching and enjoying it!
— Andy Argyrakis
the act: David Crowder Band
the Site: www.davidcrowderband.com
the Sound: Worshipful Rock
the Buzz: From October 1-20, the
David Crowder Band is bringing its
acclaimed Church Music tour to Canada
with an opening act appearance by
the act: Sleeping At Last
the Site: www.sleepingatlast.com
the Sound: Alternative Rock
the Buzz: Kicking off October 1, this
atmospheric duo who’s previously
toured with Switchfoot and Billy
Corgan’s Zwan will record three new
songs every month for an entire year
under the Yearbook banner, available in
online eP installments.
the event: Austin City Limits
the Site: www.aclfestival.com
the Sound: Alternative Rock
the Buzz: Despite the secular nature
of this Texas festival (spanning
October 8-10), plenty of lights are
bound to shine as faith-based acts like
Switchfoot, Robert Randolph & the
Family Band and David Bazan (of Pedro
the Lion fame) take the stage alongside
mainstream heavy hitters the eagles,
Phish and Muse.