Thousand Foot Krutch For the first time in its decade and a half career, metallic/modern rockers Thousand Foot Krutch are turning in a concert CD/DVD collection. Entitled Live at the Masquerade (Tooth & Nail), the project takes the top tunes from 2009’s Welcome To the Masquerade alongside an alternative radio-ripe catalogue that’s spawned Monday Night Football, ESPN and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra soundtrack slots. Here’s more from front man Trevor McNevan about the group’s hit-heavy history and current season. CCM: You guys have been together for well over a decade, but why now for your first ever live CD/ DVD? Trevor McNevan: We’re such a live-based band, it’s important to us to make sure we can pull off everything on the records live. We’ve wanted to shoot one for some time, but wanted to wait until we could do it right. CCM: How have tunes from Welcome to the Masquerade connected with your audience from the stage? McNevan: It’s been so humbling and inspiring to see the way the latest record, along with our older songs, have connected with the audience. That’s something you can’t create or pre-determine; it either happens or it doesn’t, and we feel very blessed to be in a place where that’s working. I give God all the glory for that. As a songwriter, it’s all about connection, so to look out and see that happening in a way you never imagined, is something special. CCM: What can fans expect next in the TFK camp from the studio? McNevan: I’m home writing for the new TFK record as we speak. We’re beside ourselves to get some new music out there, while also concentrating on new ways to record and release new music more often. We’ll be recording in between festivals all summer and are hoping for a January/February release date. The record is tentatively titled The End Is Where We Begin. Thanks to everyone, keep us in your prayers and we’ll see you on the road soon! — Andy Argyrakis ROCK HIGHLIGHTS The Act: Seventh Day Slumber The Site: www.seventhdayslumber.com The Sound: Modern/Grunge Rock The Buzz: Coming on the heels of the triple disc retrospective A Decade of Hope, Seventh Day Slumber gears up for this month’s studio CD The Anthem of Angels (Tooth & Nail), which features production from Brent Milligan (TobyMac, The Elms) and will be supported on the Small Town America Tour. The Act: Various Artists The Site: www.jamtour.com The Sound: Modern Rock The Buzz: With over half a million fans that attended, the 2011 edition of Winter Jam became the first quarter’s #1 tour in the world according to concert industry tracking magazine Pollstar. In other words, the Newsong-hosted tour that included Newsboys, David Crowder Band, Kutless, Francesca Battistelli, Red and KJ-52 beat out everything from U2 to Bon Jovi and Lady Gaga. The Act: Various Artists The Site: www.ignitefest.org The Sound: Modern/Alternative Rock The Buzz: One of the Midwest’s favorite festivals racks up its biggest year yet with three days (July 29-July 31) of major faith-based bands at the Lake County Fielders Stadium in Zion, IL. Catch a line-up stacked with Switchfoot, Skillet, Newsboys, Stryper, Red, Rebecca St. James, Jars of Clay and many more (with the full roster at the above link). CCM 41