Thousand Foot Krutch

Thousand Foot Krutch Biography

In the seven years since forming the Toronto-based Thousand Foot Krutch -- while they were still in high school! -- TFK have been through a lifetime of experiences. And it shows in the mature, provocative songs and lyrics on Phenomenon (Tooth & Nail Records), produced by the band and Aaron Sprinkle (MxPx). Phenomenon's first single and video, "Rawkfist," is just one side of TFK's cohesive yet diverse hard modern rock sound. Singer/songwriter/band founder Trevor McNevan reflects on the origins of the irresistible, edgy anthem that is "Rawkfist." "It's funny, it wasn't the obvious choice for a single," he says. "But the hook for that song has been in my head for three or four years, and I always thought it would be fun to offer it to The Rock, the wrestler, but then he retired from wrestling." The memorable, powerful song, though, is succeeding just fine on its own. "Sure, it would have been fun to have the Rock use it, but it's still a party song and it's encouraging that so many people are into it."

Thousand Foot Krutch has had a lot of encouragement since 1997, when McNevan, the band's sole original member, began the lineup. Putting out an indie record, That's What People Do, in 1997 (just re-released via the band's website), then Set It Off in 2000, the band earned hardcore fans, thanks especially to relentless touring. In the last four years alone, TFK played around 200 gigs per year with such bands as Finger Eleven, Tea Party, Three Days Grace and Econoline Crush, and have been devoting all their energies to the band for the last three years (i.e., giving up those McDonald's and gas station jobs!). And while Phenomenon is a culmination of sorts to, it's also a brand-new beginning, as the band was recently voted an "up-and-comer who is ready to rock the world" in 2004 by prestigious trade magazine Radio and Records.

Thousand Foot Krutch consider Phenomenon, written and recorded in 2003, a transition from the more hip-hop flavored Set It Off. "We love all kinds of music, and wanted to evolve and focus in on the kind of music we wanted to make instead of being too broad. However, versatility is something we've always been a big fan of, and as a writer, I'm a huge fan of records you can listen to from the front to the back that don't have the same sort of vibe going on. We tried to do that on Phenomenon; it was fun this time around to talk about some issues, real life stuff, and also have some party tunes, and a ballad!" he laughs. TFK have managed to evolve with their original core of real writing and real rock intact. The current lineup, too, is one the band is thrilled with, and they're looking forward to adding a guitarist/fourth member. "Growing up, from a super-young age, all of us were involved in music," McNevan recalls of the band's history. "We realized sports weren't our thing. I tried about eight different sports; I come from an athletic family. I was the oddball!" The singer started TFK in Peterborough, Ontario, a small town north of Toronto. Drummer Steve Augustine is from nearby Hamilton, and Joel (pronounced "Joe-ell") Bruyere was McNevan's childhood friend who had moved away, then years later, back in time to join the band for Set It Off.

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