GET TO KNOW THE BAND: (FULL INTERVIEW HERE)
What is your Vision for the future? Writing our strongest material, delivering our most dynamic performance, and making this lifestyle a full-time career.
Do you have a favorite LeAnder song/why OR if someone only listened to one LeAnder song in their lifetime, which one would you want it to be?
Andrew: Light My Path because that’s probably the most fun and creative drum part I’ve written with LeAnder. That is all.
Scott: Oh Darling. It is a song that I feel like identifies me lyrically and musically. It’s my proudest piece of work because a coherent theme. strong melody and hopefully also an emotionally vulnerable song. which we can build connection between individuals.
Logan: The Change. This is the first song we wrote together as a band and it’s a reminder to trust in God’s plan when my plans let me down.
Would you categorize yourselves as Christian artists, or would you consider yourselves a crossover band. What are your thoughts on that?
Andrew: I don’t like the idea of music being Christian or non-Christian. If we have to call it something, we are a crossover band. However, I hope we are moving towards ending that separation.
Scott: We are a rock band that address issues about life. I think it’s a dangerous thing to have “Christian music” and “music” because the industry is so materialist. It’s like claiming to be a prophet when you’re really a pagen.
When you create that separation, you can fall into a mindset of excluding people. We want to welcome and invite everyone into the journey. Strictly, just genre, we are still working through that, but my hope is that we would be considered in the same vein as Colony House, Johnny Swim, and NeedToBreathe.
Logan: If I’m a Christian who’s a pilot, am I considered a Christian pilot or a pilot who’s a Christian? We are a rock band who are also Christians. Our faith influences everything we do. We don’t want our music to be limited to one specific group. Our goal is to write songs of hope to know there’s still beauty in the chaos, and freedom in surrender. As Jon Foreman says, “In times of hardships, both doubt and faith are viable options. I chose to have faith.”
How is The Tension different from your first EP
Our first EP Invictus were songs and parts Scott already had written whereas The Tension was our first band collaboration. Andrew recorded, mixed and mastered the entire project and Logan co-wrote one of the songs. Scott gave more freedom to change each songs direction and it was tracked within 12 hours at MTSU studios.
Y'all have some powerful lyrics. Do you write all your own songs?
Yes we write all of our own songs with Scott leading the charge on most of the song writing. However, we are co-writing and co-producing more and more songs with other artists and creatives.
Music these days can tend to focus on flashy sounds, and meaningful messages can get lost. You have successfully found a great balance of awesome sound, with powerful words. Is this something that has been intentional from the get go
We strive to be excellent and relevant in our sound while still keeping our unique influences and creative styles of playing. We aim to write authentic lyrics that challenge us and our listeners to search for answers to the questions life throws at us.
Logan: We have always said, “God, if you’re not our main focus for the band, put an end to it. Otherwise, open more doors and bless our efforts.” It’s a scary prayer but it humbles us to live in surrender which actually frees us from the need for control. We put our ultimate hope and security in our heavenly Father. His heart is good and He wants the best for us. Knowing this truth, we choose to trust him in every area of our life.
What is the biggest writing influence for y’all?
Scott: Jon Foreman, Bono, Bear (from NEEDTOBREATHE, Matt Thessien
Logan: Anberlin, MuteMath, Colony House
Andrew: Paramore, Sanctus Real, Lester Estelle (drummer)
What’s your favorite part of touring?
Scott: getting to play the songs with new energy every night and hanging out with my bros
Logan: Traveling to new places and meeting new people with music being the central theme tying it all together.
Andrew: Getting to play music every night.
Do you have any pre- or post show rituals, funny or serious?
Scott: Trying to find a place to be alone right after the show to process
Logan: I invite and text everyone I know to our shows (even right before we go).
Andrew: I listen to Santcus real...
What can people expect at a LeAnder show? What “vibe” do you strive to create?
You can expect a lot of crowd participation, high energy, and melodies that will forever being stuck in your head. We play each show differently according to the room and to the unique audience. We strive to create an engaging show that unite people together. We don’t want our shows to be an outlet for escapism, but instead, we hope our music inspires our audience to keep going for their dreams in the midst of uncertainty.