Auditorium will ring with Christian Rock

By Dale McGarrigle, BDN Staff
Posted March 11, 2009, at 8:49 p.m.

The only way to stay on top of any industry is to evolve. OK, maybe talking about evolution isn’t the best approach when the field in question is Christian rock.

Still, the members of Third Day, who will play at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Bangor Auditorium, understand the need to reinvent themselves regularly.

“You don’t want to keep rehashing the same formula,” explained drummer David Carr by phone from his home in the Atlanta suburbs. “You need to find your sweet spot and live in that, but if you don’t push your boundaries a little bit, then it can get real stale. It just feels like a product.”

When it was time to record what would become their latest album, “Revelation,” the quartet left Atlanta for a change, recording first in Charlottesville, Va., then in Los Angeles, with producer Howard Benson (Daughtry, Hoobastank, P.O.D.).

“That’s a big part of what makes our latest album unique and special,” Carr said. “It felt like we needed to be taken out of our place of comfort, and had to fight for something greater than before. In the end, we came out with our best album yet.”

In addition to Carr, Third Day includes singer Mac Powell, guitarist Mark Lee and bassist Tai Anderson.

Also coming to Bangor with the Revelation Tour are Revive and Brandon Heath.

The Australian band Revive was discovered by Third Day.

“We met them two years ago, when they opened for us in Australia,” Carr said. “We were taken by their music and the guys themselves. We thought it would be a good thing to bring them to the States.”

Heath, voted New Artist of the Year at the Dove Awards (the Christian music Grammys), will be heading up bills before long.

“Brandon has taken the country by storm,” Carr said. “We’re really excited to have him out as well.”

Over the past 16 years, Third Day has won 23 Dove Awards from the Gospel Music Association, three Grammys and multiple ASCAP honors for the band’s songwriting skills. The band has scored 24 No. 1 singles and sold more than 6 million albums. They were the first Christian band to be featured on the cover of Billboard magazine.

Carr downplays Third Day’s success.

“We’ve been really fortunate,” he said. “We’re pretty universal with music fans. We have fans who aren’t sure what they’re doing faithwise, but they like our music. They’re not threatened by it. It’s been really well-received by a large group of people, Christian and non-Christian.”

The band’s members don’t measure their success based on their numbers, however.

“We feel like our music has touched a lot of people over the past 16 years,” Carr said. “That’s what makes it worth fighting for, worth continuing with, and worth making it better.”

For tickets to the concert featuring Third Day, Brandon Heath and Revive, call the Bass Park ticket office at 990-4444 or Ticketmaster at 775-3331.

http://bangordailynews.com/2009/03/11/living/auditorium-will-ring-with-christian-rock/ printed on November 26, 2014