Becoming The Archetype is entering a new era.
There, I said it. I also said it in my interview with Steve at Indievisionmusic.com, which posted earlier today. Becoming The Archetype has had new members on tour for practically this whole year, which was a busy year. We released our 4th album, Celestial Completion, and played over 80 shows in 12 different countries in just an 8 month span. We also wrote and recorded Oh Holy Night (out December 6 on iTunes and amazonmp3!) and have orchestrated a series of remixes to be released early next year (I’m very stoked for you guys to hear these bad boys).
So yeah, it’s been a super-busy last 8 months and we did nearly all of it with some different members than are on Celestial Completion. The vocalist we used for the vast majority of all that activity was Chris McCane.
Chris McCane is a cool dude who’s been a friend of BTA for years. He and Daniel were in a band together before joining BTA and Chris also runs a music venue in Cleveland, GA. Chris did a spectacular job touring with us this year and won over everyone who watched our sets. He knows how to put on a great show and he appropriately projects the image of what the lyrics of our songs are saying. He connects well with the audience and he’s fun to be around on tour.
All of these factors have led us to make Chris McCane the official new vocalist of Becoming The Archetype.
So as you probably have guessed by now, Jason Wisdom has left the band. The reasons for this are explained adequately in my interview with indievisionmusic. Also departing the band is Duck, drummer on 3 of our 4 albums. Both will be missed and remembered fondly by us and by you guys. We part on friendly terms (I just watched the Broncos game last night with Jason and played basketball with him the night before). On drums and bass, we’ve had two members of The Overseer filling in, Abashai and Brad. We would’ve loved them to join the band, but it looks like The Overseer is getting signed, so they’re gonna need to tour with their own band. We’ve already found a drummer (that’ll be revealed soon) and we’re close to nailing down a permanent bass player.
With that being said, I strongly believe Becoming The Archetype still has a mission. BTA has always considered itself a ministry and ministries don’t stop when a few members leave. BTA will continue to reach out to the people who like this sort of music and give those people Christ-centered lyrics set in (we feel) quality, well-orchestrated music.
BTA also has a lot left to say musically. Everyone got a small taste of Daniel’s songwriting capabilities on Celestial Completion, most notably on Path of the Beam and The Resonant Frequency of Flesh. He is a fabulous guitarist and screamer and has a good singing voice to boot. He’s already started writing some riffs for our next record and I’m way into them. He and I will be working a lot over the next few months to craft the music of the next BTA album.
So this is the new BTA. I’m very excited about it. Solid State Records is very excited about it. Heck, even Jason is a little excited about it. So you should be excited about it. I know some of you might be a little skeptical of ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, but just remember that without change, growth is impossible. BTA has always grown as a band. We’ve never had the same lineup on consecutive albums. We’ve always made music we’re proud of and this time around will be no different.
So yeah, see you out there!