While its not unheard of for one person to front two different bands, its pretty rare to front two bands with extremely different sounds, but that is exactly what Trevor McNevan does fronting the bands FM Static and Thousand Foot Krutch. Alternative Addiction had the privilege to catch up with McNevan and discuss his double life.
“It’s honestly not much of a problem. It’s just kind of a switch I hit,” says McNevan about writing such distinctly different sounding music for each band. “I just think that all comes out as its own thing. The FM Static stuff is just supposed to be this catchy, edgy pop rock. Bands like Fountains of Wayne, Weezer, Butch Walker’s old band Marvelous 3, those bands have always inspired me on a pop level.”
When writing for Thousand Foot Krutch, McNevan draws from totally different inspirations, which helps give the band such a unique sound.
“There’s definitely a darker element to it, it’s more just looking at life through different eyes than the FM Static stuff,” says McNevan. “Thousand Foot Krutch has kinda been my baby my whole life, its always been something that I have to work towards.”
Surprisingly, McNevan finds time to write for both projects, and will be releasing albums for both bands this year, the first coming on April 7th, when FM Static releases Dear Diary.
McNevan says the album is actually a concept album about a boy moving from High School to College and each song is supposed to represent an entry in his diary. “I really feel strongly about this record and I’m really glad we made it. I’ve never worked on a concept record before so it was really kind of a fun challenge.”
Over a month before Dear Diary even hits stores, McNevan will head to the studio to start work on the next Thousand Foot Krutch album, titled Welcome to the Masquerade.
Since McNevan has FM Static as his outlet to share the pop side of his music, he says that Thousand Foot Krutch will continue to be more hard rocking than ever.
“A lot of our peers are getting a little poppier, and I understand that and appreciate it,” says McNevan. “I just felt like for us, it was the right time to step in the other direction. It’s big crunchy rock and roll.”
The inspiration behind the album comes from people hiding things in their life McNevan says, Masquerading through life hiding their frustrations.
“Each song is kind of dealing with those different situations. Some of it is just saying, ‘I’ve been through this, and this is how I found hope in this situation.’”
Fans can expect to see Welcome to the Masquerade in stores sometime in the fall, along with a fall tour.
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