To know the story of Disciple, you have to place yourself in Kevin Youngs
shoes. Like Kevin, Disciples singer and bandleader, lets say youve
recorded ten albums, played thousands of shows worldwide, headlined tours
since the late 90s, and opened multiple times for the biggest artists in
Christian music. Youve sold hundreds of thousands of records and youve got
fourteen 1 singles. Add to that the fact that you are done with your most
recent recording contract and your band needs a lineup change. Youve been
on the road for twenty years, and youve seen more hotel rooms than a Gideon
Bible. Most people would probably say, hey, Ive done a lot and maybe its
time to walk away. Most people are not Kevin Young.
Disciple started when I was 16, says Young, so Im somewhere between old
and young. I know Disciples been around for a long time, and sometimes,
when I wake up, I can feel every mile, but I cant wait to see whats ahead.
It honestly doesnt FEEL like its been as long as it has, and in a lot of
ways I feel like were just getting started. The process, where Ive been
and the new stuff were doing right now as a band its a gift. We chose to
be who we are AND embrace the new.
In a six-month period around the end of 2013 and the beginning of 2014,
Kevin rebuilt Disciple, as well as his own approach to the bands future.
We added Josiah Prince from Philmont and Andrew Stanton from I Am Empire on
guitars, Jason Wilkes from High Flight Society on bass and vocals (since the
guy was an amazing lead vocalist for his band), and Joey West from After
Edmund on drums. Its Disciples best lineup ever. They have the perfect
combination of being great players and performers, and are ridiculously
talented songwriters, says Young. One of my favorite things about these
guys is that they have embraced where Disciple has been and love to play the
classic songs for our fans, as well as have put every ounce of their souls
into trying to take Disciple higher than weve ever been. I think our fans
have embraced them for that in return.
Next, the band had some business decisions to make. Disciple finished their
record label contract in 2013 and the bands recording future was in limbo.
We talked to a bunch of labels, but the whole time my manager and I kept
asking each other the same question: why wouldnt we do this on our own I
guess we decided that it was because recording an independent project and
all that goes with that was new and a little scary. Being fearful is real,
but its also a bad excuse, says Young.
We decided that we would really give ourselves to our fans. Its one thing
to have a record deal, make a record, and see if folks will buy it. Its a
whole different level to engage your fans really talk to them, tell them
what you want to do and why, embrace them and then hope that they will
embrace you back. We created a bunch of really cool packages that the fans
could buy and put them all up on Kickstarter, hoping that our fans would buy
things ahead of time to help us make a record. We were scared to death. But
then our fans met our goal in seven days and it just kept going up until the
forty-day funding process finished. We were stunned and just so thankful.
Nobody has fans like we do, says Young.
So with the lineup solidified and plans for a new record in place, now all
we had to do was write the album. No big deal right I was a little nervous
excited but nervous. I had more freedom than Ive ever had to make the
music and say the things that I really wanted to say. We had the support of
our fans. But what really energized me was the music that was being written
by the band members. It somehow felt very Disciple-esque and was somehow
new at the same time. I think we all were really inspired by it.
The first order of business was to bring back Travis Wyrick to produce.
Young states, I hadnt worked with Travis in six years, but we knew this
was going to be a hard, aggressive record. Travis recorded all of our
hardest albums and working with him was like going home. The finished album
is called Attack, and it is the bands most ambitious project to date. Its
bold, its hard, its experimental, and its sweepingly atmospheric. Attack
gives a nod to long-time Disciple fans with Radical and The Name and the
album will intrigue new listeners with offerings like Dead Militia,
Lion, and Angels And Demons.
We wrote this record as a new band. Attack is the right album title because
thats what we did with every song. Every band member contributed in a huge
way to this album. Everybody brought songs to the table that we all worked
on, and made each others songs better. It was definitely a well-coordinated
attack on all sides, says Young.
You know, rock music isnt the most popular music genre right now, but its
also the music genre that will never die. Rock music always comes back
around. And with that, I know what weve been called to do, and thats to do
our best to show Christ to people with our music, and with how we interact
with them, both on and off the stage. I thought about this new album for a
year before we started in the studio, and I knew that the lyrics would be
the boldest Disciple has ever put on a record. I wanted to talk about Jesus
loudly and without shame. Thats why Radical is the first track and our
first single. It sets the tone for what we want people to hear. We talk
about Jesus openly at every show. We do an altar call. That is who we are
and that is what Disciple is called to do, and we hope that people hear the
new music and say Yeah, now THATS Disciple