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Hard Rockers Underoath Comfortable With Christianity

Of the Oakland Press

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Florida modern rockers Underoath have no problem acknowledging or being viewed as a Christian band. But singer Spencer Chamberlain says that doesn't necessarily limit the audience for the sextet's music.

"It's what we believe, who we are as a band," says Chamberlain, 24, who joined Underoath for its 2004 album, "They're Only Chasing Safety." "But I think there's plenty of kids who just look to use because they like our music. I'm sure there's kids who like us 'cause of what we believe, too, and I'm sure there are kids who hate us 'cause of what we believe or 'cause of our music.

"I don't think it really changes the way people listen to us. But it's definitely our goal as a band to show people a different side of Christianity and the way Christian music can be different."

Underoath is clearly winning some converts. The group's latest album, "Define the Line," debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart in June of 2006 and has been certified gold. The group also tore it up during the summer on the overtly secular Van Warped Tour.

Meanwhile, Chamberlain and guitarist Tim McTague, Underoath's primary songwriters, are looking toward the horizon as they prepare material for the group's next album, which they hope to have out in the summer of 2007.

"We have almost half the record done, writing-wise," Chamberlain reports. "We were working really hard after Warped; we get a lot of stuff done on tour, just sitting around the bus all day and messing around.

"It'll be even more of a progression than ('Define the Great Line'). We're trying to push ourselves further and raising the bar even more and taking things even more extreme. We can't wait to get in and really start working on it with the band."

Underoath, Every Time I Die, Poison the Well and Maylene & the Songs of Disaster perform at 7 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 20) at the Fillmore, 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $20. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation.com.

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