'Spreading The Music Word(s)'
Disciple was formed in 1991 by friends Kevin Young, Brad Noah, and Tim Barrett in an attempt to spread the gospel while playing the loud, metallic music they loved.
Over the years, their style evolved into one similar to many secular alternative metal groups, as they toured churches, high schools, colleges, and similar venues.
Their self-released debut, What Was I Thinking came out in 1995, followed by an EP, My Daddy Can Whip Your Daddy, on Warner Resound in 1997. Their sophomore full-length effort, This Might Sting A Little Bit, followed two years later on Rugged Records. By God followed in 2001 on the same label. 2003's Back Again found the band on a new label, the indepependent Slain Records.
The group signed with Sony the following year and released Rise Up in June of 2005 and now, deep into 2006 they have brought us their latest offering, Scars Remain.
Being that Disciple was formed way back in '92 by three high-school friends, just how has the band survived the industry to still be alive and kicking today, some 14 years later?! Kevin Young "It's crazy to think of how long we have been together because it really doesn't seem that long until someone tells you about it. I think this is what God had in mind for us. This is something that we feel He has definitely called us to so we feel very fortunate to still be around and hope that He will continue to use us until He is ready for us to move on to the next step of our lives. I will say that Ibuprofen has been a factor of helping me get through it all though."
With your new album named 'Scars Remain,' I'm wondering if this title means something more personal to you guys? "I think 'Scars Remain' means something to everyone. The interesting thing about the last two albums is that people can relate to each song. I think that anyone can sing these songs and really be singing about themselves."
Being that this is now your seventh album, how does it differ from the very first one you put out, 'What Was I Thinking'? Musically, mentally, and overall enthusiasm? "Funny enough. I just listened to that album yesterday for the first time in years, so I should be able to give an informed decision. Obviously the sound is a lot more "raw" on 'What Was I Thinking.' We weren't playing with click tracks to help keep us in time. It was all done in analog so there was no digital help as far as auto-tuning my voice or anything like that. What you hear on that album was really us, for better or for worse. The new stuff is obviously more polished. It is interesting to listen to the lyrics from then and now, and I could definitely see some of the passion that we had for what we were doing back then. I'm glad to be able to see that some of that same passion is still showing up in our songs all these years later."
For those out there that wish to buy your new CD but have not heard of you, how would you yourselves describe your sound? "We are pretty eclectic. We like to write songs from all kinds of different angles musically. Fortunately, we have never locked into just being a heavy band. We really enjoy writing heavy music, but we also like a slow song every now and then as well. I think our goal at the end of day is to simply make a "good" song no matter what style it is."
Tell me about your craziest touring experience to date thus far! "There are too many. I'll just name a couple of them. One time the bus actually almost tipped over when we were broken down of the side of the road. That was kind of scary. There is this thing called prank night at the end of a tour where all the bands prank each other. Poor Man's Riches was out with us and they decided to put hot sauce on my water bottle. Not just any hot sauce, but the kind you have to be over 18 and sign a waiver for. My lips swelled up in the middle of the concert. I like to call that suffering for Jesus. There are so many more. I could go on forever with that question."
Of course, we all know about the word Disciple from history, but just where does your version of the name/word originate re: becoming the band's name?! "Tim and I were looking for a band name at church one night (we were teenagers by the way). We were going through the Bible and really couldn't find anything. We decided that we would go with Disciple until we found something better. We're still looking."
Is your record label Slain still operational and if so do you have any bands signed to it at this time, perhaps? "It is on life support. We are not sure what we are going to do with the brand, but we will see what happens."
Who came to whom re: the use of your song 'Game On' for the new official theme song for WWE Cyber Sunday 2006?! Or, did you create the song especially for this series? "We wrote the song as response to the War on Terrorism. The whole WWE thing was something that our team at Brentwood Benson Publishing has been working on for some time now so it was pretty cool to have that opportunity."
If you could cover, in your own style, any (cheesy) '80s pop song which would it be ... and why?! "Probably something like 'Wanted Dead or Alive' or 'Blaze of Glory' by Bon Jovi. Anything by him would be pretty cool."
Exclusive Magazine like Penguins, do you?! "Who doesn't like penguins?!"
Interviewed by Russell A. Trunk
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