On 2014's "Oxygen: Inhale," Thousand Foot Krutch "dived deeper in to the quieter moments" of the band's makeup, according to singer-guitarist Trevor McNevan.
One guess what happens on the new "Exhale," then.
"This time we dive into the more aggressive side of the band, which has been a lot of fun," McNevan, 37, says by phone from his temporary residence in Peterboro, Ontario. "It definitely was a fun kind of paradigm shift to go from one to the other. We've always been a rock band first and foremost, and a melting pop, musically. of the stuff we love. So it was definitely a challenge for us to do a lighter record like 'Inhale' 'cause we're so used to dropping the gloves and doing the big, anthemic kind of adrenalin rush.
"So by 'Exhale' we were chomping at the bit to get back to that and have fun with that. We were definitely ready to go in and put the pedal down."
The ambitious album pairing come sat an auspicious time for McNevan and his bandmates -- bassist Joel Bruyere and drummer Steve Augustine. Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of "That's What People Do," the first album recorded under the Thousand Foot Krutch name (after two years as Oddball). McNevan says there's been discussion about commemorating the mark, as well as filming a live DVD, but it's also made him a bit reflective about what he and the group have accomplished during the past couple of decades.
"I feel like we're just getting started to be honest," McNevan says. "We love making music and playing it every bit as much as we did 20 years ago. The only thing that gets a little tiring along the way is just the travel. that's just part of what we do, y'know?
"But yeah man, it's such a blessing and we're so thankful to be able to do it. I don't take a minute of it for granted. We just love connecting with people and playing music for them -- and to be able to do it for as long as we have."
Thousand Foot Krutch, Adelitas Way, 3 Pill Morning and Smashing Satellites
Thursday, July 21. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
Tickets are $25.
Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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