November 1st, 2010
10:21 AM ET
Third Day is a rock band. They are from the South. But to label their new CD as a return to their Southern rocks roots isn't entirely accurate.
Make no mistake, if you grew up listening to the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special (as I did), some of the songs on "Move" definitely have a familiar feel, but others just "don't go that way," one of the band's members said.
"Going into it, it's kind of like, we're Third Day, and it's a Third Day record and when you hear a Third Day record you're going to get hints of Southern rock, you're going to get hints of rock, you're going to get maybe just a tinge of country," drummer David Carr said, "and a lot of other stuff in between. Hopefully that makes us a stand out in that regard."
Third Day also stands out because lead vocalist Mac Powell has a distinctive gritty Southern quality to his voice. So they could be doing a modern rock song, but vocally it will have a little bit of a Southern rock feel to it, Carr said.
Still, the band doesn't set out to do a certain style for each CD according to Carr.
"It's not like we sit down and say should it sound like this or should it sound like that," Carr said by phone while on tour with the band. "With Move, long before we knew we were going to call it Move, the question was whether we were going to do another worship album or we were going to do a 'regular' album. That was the big debate, but as far as the sound of it, that just comes naturally."
Labels aside, the CD has been well received by critics who liken it to Time, which featured "I've Always Loved You," the group's first No.1 song in 1999.
Move has gotten four of five stars from a number of reviewers, including Andrew Greer at Christianity Today. He wrote: "Though it may be too soon to call Third Day a legend, Move is yet another attractive release in an illustrious discography certain to be celebrated for years to come."
Move, the band's 11th studio album, debuted this week at No. 1 on the Billboard Christian albums chart, and was No. 3 on the Rock CDs list.
Carr said the album reflects not only where Powell, who wrote or co-wrote the songs, is in his life but also has a theme and quality the rest of the band identifies with. In this case, a call to move forward - as opposed to Revelation, their previous album, which was more contemplative, he said. It is a theme that is a bit serendipitous.
"It is kind of cool when several songs come together and they sort of work together and it was unplanned," he said. "I don't think Mac thought, 'Oh I need to move now," and an album came from it. Songs just kind of came out."
The CD is the first produced at their new Kennesaw, Georgia, studio. It was like getting a cool new toy, Carr said. You're excited all the time when you're playing with it, or in this case, in it.
The other good thing Carr said is it's theirs so they don't have to rush to get something done just because they've laid out big bucks for studio rental time.
Bassist Tai Anderson told hearitfirst.com that the band also wanted a large recording venue rather than some cramped basement studio.
"We wanted a great big place where the sky would be the limit," he said in a video tour of the studio on the Hear It First site.
Third Day is currently on tour with Michael W. Smith, Max Lucado, TobyMac and Jason Gray.
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