Oxygen is essential to sustaining life, and that element is at the core of Thousand Foot Krutch’s new record OXYGEN:INHALE.
“Oxygen is our lifeline,” lead singer Trevor McNevan says. “While writing, I dug deep into what ‘oxygen’ really represented. I thought about our faith, our human nature, the many different walks of life we all lead, and the fact that universally all of us breathe in and out and rely on oxygen every minute of every day to stay alive.”
Trevor describes the sound of OXYGEN:INHALE as being a “natural evolution” for the band. In an era where even the nightly news can be auto-tuned, the band rejected all the studio trickery that has come to define much of modern music, rock and roll included, and relied instead on solid performances. “We wanted to make a raw rock record,” he says. “We decided to strip away all the background sounds and popular over-production, so that what you hear are just the instruments and the voice.”
The music itself is also given room to breathe. It has the raw and organic feel of something being performed in the same room. You hear fingers sliding along the guitar fret board, the metallic ring of cymbals, and vocals that sound like they’re two feet away. The band is stripped down to the bare bones, the core elements of guitar, bass, drums, and vocals. Although there are the adrenaline fueled rock songs TFK has become known for, OXYGEN:INHALE is the first TFK album that dares to lower the volume on a few songs and allow the melodies and words to soar. Even fans that have followed the group since day one will be hearing a new side of them.
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