By Amy Sondova Since emerging on the music scene with their debut in 2002, Kutless has became a staple in the Christian music industry combining their rock/metal sound with praise worship on their latest project, To Know That You’re Alive (read BSW’s review). Despite hectic summer touring, Kutless lead singer Jon Micah Sumrall took the time to “Take 5” with Backseat Writer.
Backseat Writer: How has Kutless grown as a band musically and lyrically with the latest album?
Jon Micah: This album was significantly different in both the writing and recording process. We collaborated more as a band through out the entire process more than we ever have in the past. I think the end result reflects the dedication and work we all put into the music of this record.
“To Know That You’re Alive” is a very provocative song that seems to speak to a self-destructive culture—why is the album named after this track?
In order to receive Christ’s message of love you must first be willing to accept the fact that you are a fragile and imperfect being who is in need of saving. The song, “To Know That You’re Alive,” touches on our frailty as humans and how God allows difficult things in life to make us grow and to remind us of our need for Him. This is the foundation that we work from as we tackle many other issues through out the record.
What is the story behind “Promise You,” a song that seems to speak about leaving an abusive relationship or situation?
Abuse continues to be a growing problem around the world and we come in to contact with victims of abuse almost daily. Unfortunately many Christians who are in an abusive situation feel like they should just “turn the other cheek”. I feel this is a misrepresentation of scripture and that we are not “called” to be taken advantage of. Throughout the Bible you see God valiantly defending and taking care of His kids. We shouldn’t be afraid to fight for our survival but we are called to love and to forgive which is probably the most difficult thing to do.
After seeing a video tour of your bus by Chris Taylor, I was wondering—what’s up with all the Starbucks?
We are from the Northwest. Coffee is a part of our culture… and I am pretty sure Jeff is addicted. 🙂
What is the one of your most obscure (and potentially) embarrassing habits?
I am the one guy in the band who can’t stand coffee. I don’t even like coffee ice cream!