Band 411: Gabriel Wilson (27), guitar and vocals; Blurr (25), keyboards; Solo (18), guitar; and Zurn P. Praxair (30-plus), drums.
Current Digs: The mill town of Longview, Washington
New Album: Welcome to The Rock 'n' Roll Worship Circus (Vertical) released
Aug. 20. The disc combines seven re-mastered cuts from the band's 2001 indie release, Big Star Logistics, along with six new songs. The first 30,000 copies also include a bonus video disc.
Influences: "We sound like if The Beatles and Pink Floyd got married and had a baby, but gave it to T. Rex to raise, and that baby became a Christian," Wilson describes.
Favorite Cut: "One of my favorites is 'The Undiscovered,' which is a very Pink Floyd-ey tune," Wilson says. "When we recorded it, I said, 'Man, this is such a cool song, but it will never be a congregational worship song.' But it slays! God comes when we play that song."
Back story: Wilson and Blurr (who are married), and Praxair served in their church's worship team but really wanted to strike gold in the music business. After a while, though, "We started seeing how our hearts weren't very pure and how really we were trying to get people to worship us," Wilson explains. With renewed vision and the addition of Solo, the band recorded an indie CD, Little Star Logistics, in 2000 and found itself pursued by labels. Vertical signed the group at the end of 2001.
Lesson Learned: "We feared the [Christian] industry a lot," Wilson reveals. "But when we signed with Vertical and went to Gospel Music Week this year, we found more and more people that love God, and it's freaking me out. Really, they just want to see the kingdom of God advanced. I want to help them accomplish their goal any way that I can."
Goal: "To lead worship," Wilson says. "We'll pretty much stop at nothing to make sure that will happen."
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