Newsboys: The Way They Roll
- Wednesday, June 03, 2009
CCM: You guys have had a lot of people come in and out of your band through the years, but you’ve always managed to be successful no matter what. What do you attribute to that?
Duncan: When it’s all said and done, it’s a combination of different things. It’s a combination of, first of all, the incredible management, which we’ve had all since day one. It’s also great songs. ‘Cause ultimately, you can be the best band in the world and be the best players and be the best-looking guys, but if you don’t have great songs … see ya. It’s those two things working hand-in-hand that have made us last this amount of time.
I think the biggest temptation when you have a really successful record is to make another one exactly the same. But you actually can’t do that because you actually end up getting stagnant because the fans move on; they’re listening to all different types of music all the time. So all we’ve ever tried to do is just write the best record that we possibly know how to write. I think if you get caught up in a fad, then that fad dies, you’ll die too. So I think we’ve always been aware of that … But one thing I’m really proud of is the newsboys have always had their own sound. They’ve never been the Christian version of someone else. We strive for that, and we’ve always been very proud of that fact. Going forward, that’s obviously going to continue. …
Michael: See all the pressure they put on me now? [Laughs]
CCM: Let’s talk a little bit about your new record. Tell me a little bit about In The Hands of God.
Duncan: Did you like the Go record?
Duncan: You’re going to love this one! As I was saying before, it’s a record that’s come together through blood, sweat and tears. We’ve been working on it for a long time. All we ever try to do is better ourselves. You kind of have to reapply for your job every record, and that’s what we’ve done here. I truly believe that it has some of the best songs newsboys has ever recorded. It’s a great record. I’m really, really proud of it. I’m excited to go out here real soon and start touring. So I just can’t say enough about it. It’s probably one of my favorite records so far.
CCM: In recent years, you’ve developed a techno/dance sound … Does this record have more of those elements integrated into it?
Duncan: Would you call “Breakfast” a techno song?
CCM: Yeah. And that was a long time ago …
Jeff: I think what you’re alluding to is that our songs have a bit more of a European, dance/pop flair to them. I think this record has a lot of that, and production-wise it’s probably pushed past Go … bigger, more orchestrated strings, pretty fully blown out—over the top style. It’s definitely more of a rock record than we’ve done in a long time. From a songwriting perspective, it’s probably one of the strongest records I would think we’ve ever done.
Michael: It’s really cool hearing Jeff and Duncan say that. It makes me laugh and smile inside and feel good because people were asking me, “If you’re part of the next project, what would you do differently?” One thing that I would not do differently, even though I could, with these guys guarding their beautiful history is … I love the element that the newsboys have in Christian music, my marketplace … When the newsboys are on stage, number one, in the past with Pete in leadership, it was always a solid show … There was ministry. The concert was an experience. Then you go home and put the record in, and you feel the same excitement [from] all the records. And that’s hard to do, speaking from the recording and producing side of things. But all that to say … When people come to a newsboys concert, they’re going to get rocked by the gospel and by the music!
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