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After turning in a concept collection about a teenager’s journal entries throughout 2009’s Dear Diary,
FM static returns to rolling the windows down with a carefree pop sound on the brand new My Brain
Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go (Tooth & Nail). That isn’t to say the group’s fourth long player isn’t
loaded with a meaty message from front man Trevor Mcnevan and drummer steve Augustine, whose
names may also look familiar for their roles in Thousand Foot Krutch. Check out what Mcnevan has to
say about FM static’s current season and what it’s like to balance both bands.
CCM: How has FM static evolved on the new album?
trevor mcnevan: This record is a little more polished intentionally, brushing shoulders a little more
with Top 40. I hope you get as inspired listening to it as I was writing it. It’s a fun record that’s very
nostalgic. FM has always been about life, faith and relationships. sometimes I’m poking fun at myself,
other moments it can be about life’s obstacles and the challenges we face along the way, and other
times, just fun songs to add to the playlist.
CCM: What’s the story behind the lengthy but memorable title?
mcnevan: It was based off of the title of a song that I had written for the new record. It’s basically
about every time we stop and over think the things we feel we’re supposed to do, instead of just
doing them [with a] child-like faith.
CCM: What inspired the humor within the artwork of the album’s liner notes?
mcnevan: We had been working with ryan Clark [Demon Hunter] on the cover concept and decided
on an old muscle car with an “FM” plate on it based on the album title. So from there, we just ran
with it, and hooked up with our good friend/photographer david Molnar and shot a funny and more
serious shoot. I went to this great costume shop in nashville and picked up some sweetness, as you
will see inside. It was hilarious; we couldn’t keep a straight face.
CCM: How are you able to balance your duties between FM static and Thousand Foot krutch?
mcnevan: They are both so specific to me, and worlds apart from each other. FM Static started about
8 or 9 years ago, long after TFK, as a side project and pop-driven outlet. steve and I both enjoy it and
it’s fun to see the connection that’s built over the years.
— Andy Argyrakis
the act: Emery
the site: www.emerymusic.com
the sound: Hard rock
the Buzz: Though Emery was once
signed to Tooth & Nail records, the
group’s latest CD is so loud, the band
made the jump to sister label solid state
for We Do What We Want. “The overall
vibe of the album is heavy, heavy,
heavy,” says vocalist/guitarist Toby
Morrell. “we wanted to make this album
the heaviest thing we had ever done,
and I think we accomplished it.”
the act: red
the site: www.redmusiconline.com
the sound: Alternative rock
the Buzz: Props are in order to red,
whose third studio CD Until We Have
Faces landed at #2 on the mainstream
Billboard Top 200 chart (a rarely
accomplished feat by a faith-based
the act: various artists/ rocklahoma
the site: www.rocklahoma.com
the sound: Hard rock
the Buzz: One of the largest heavy
music festivals in the entire world
(Oklahoma’s rocklahoma from May
27-29) includes an appearance from
skillet, who are sure to be roaring lambs
amidst mainstream-minded megastars
like Mötley Crüe, staind, Whitesnake,
seether and Papa roach.