“As long as we’re not contradicting the word of God and we’re not doing it with an evil heart, music is music,” said James Mead, lead guitarist of Christian rock band Kutless.
Mead says fusing worship music with rock is a way to introduce more people to Christian music — of which there will be a lot at the upcoming Lifest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Also appearing is Family Force 5, a Christian Crunk-Rock band whose lyrics sometimes upset people.
When the band plays “Put Ur Hands Up” at shows, some people plug their ears or even point their thumbs down because they think the song is judgmental, said Derek Mount, guitarist for Family Force 5. “There are a lot of people out there that want to get offended. If you want to get offended, we’re certainly the right band.”
But don’t be mistaken — the band’s energetic beats and on-stage antics are a reflection of their strong faith in Jesus Christ.
“If anything, the message of Christ when you read about his life and his teachings is super-intense,” Mount said. “For us, the message translates to living life to the fullest extent. That’s what this band is all about. It’s a lot of fun.”