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Rose McCoy Interview

by JustTerry

When My Good Friends at Wounded Records told me that they had signed The Rose McCoy band and asked me if I wanted to do an interview with the band? I thought about the question just long enough to type the words “Well YEAH!” So today we sit down with the Guys from The Rose McCoy Band and find out what makes them tick.

Could you tell me about the people in your band?
Well my name is Nathan Thurston, I play guitar on a few songs, but I mostly just do the singing and screaming. Ben Dennis plays drums and does background vocals. Charlie Thompson plays guitar and does background screaming. Dustin Lynch plays lead guitar, and Miles Williams play bass.

How did you all meet and how long have been playing together?
Charlie and I have been friends since High School, and we were in a couple bands together in that time (I’m not telling you the names ha ha). We are the only original members of the band. We met our drummer Ben at our first show, who introduced us to his friend Dustin, who had been in a band with Miles. We have been playing together since April of 2008.

Where did the name of your band come from?
The name of our band came from an old civil war era family rivalry that was between a family from Kentucky, and a family from West Virginia. The Hatfields and the McCoys. The McCoy’s daughter, “Rose McCoy” fell in love with a Hatfield, which was highly against the family rules. So it kind of turned into this huge Romeo and Juliet type story.

Why did you decide to enter the Christian Music Scene?
I don’t know that we try to stay in a Christian music scene really. We do believe that we have a God message to bring to our fans, and that’s why we became a Christian band. We have been given a great platform to be up in front of people, and we feel that we have to use that for the right reasons. As far as the music scene itself goes; there are more people in a bar that need to hear God’s message than at a church, so we try to not only play in the Christian scene.

How would you describe your sound?
We have a mixture of different popular genres out there. Basically metal and pop with some added musicality.

Who are some of your musical influences?

My biggest influences are bands like Emery, Alexis on Fire, and Brand New. I know that we all like August Burns Red, Underoath, Burden of a Day, and other bands like that.

Can you tell me a little about your (individual) musical upbringing?
Miles and I actually grew up on Classic rock, and still prefer it to a lot of popular music these days. Dustin and Ben are more of our metal side. They listen to pretty much everything though, including a lot of rap. Charlie also listens to everything, but he and I pretty much share the same favorite bands now.

Do you consider what you are doing to be your ministry?
Yea we believe everything we do involves ministry. How we live our lives and what we stand for. We show these things through everyday life and explain what we believe as truth at our shows. Obviously we don’t know everything but what we do know is God is love and we share that with everyone we meet.

What kinds of other things are you currently involved in?
I’m actually currently still trying to attend college at the moment while trying to hold a part time job and the rest of the guys work when we are home. Honestly other than that we are so busy there isn’t too much we can do

Could you tell me about your spiritual Upbringing?
Charlie and I were both raised in a small town Baptist church and was brought up by strong single Christian mothers.

You are releasing a new CD at the beginning of the year, can you tell me about the CD?
Currently we are working on the finishing touches of our album and honestly haven’t picked a name for it yet. The theme of the album basically has to do with struggle of life with songs about abortion, everyday life, and the struggle of the Christian lifestyle.

What was the Recording process like for this CD?
All of us love the recording process. It’s a really fun process for any musician I would hope. We are recording with our good friend Dustin Burnett, who recorded Augustana, from Smoking Gun studios in Nashville. We are super excited for our CD to come out and hope all of our fans are as well.

Where do you find inspiration for you music?
We find inspiration just like any other musicians find it: by watching our favorite bands and seeing what they can do for crowd they have in front of them.

Can you tell me about your song “Foundations”
This song is basically for anyone that is hiding behind something. Trying to hide their feelings toward someone, or trying to hide your true heart from God. Its for anyone putting on an act to make people think they are different than they really are. Our drummer wrote the lyrics and the basic structure, then we all added in different parts. It was the 4th song we wrote as a band, which is why we know it as “Song 4.”

Was there any one person or one moment that changed your life?
The first time I saw my favorite band in concert I decided that I didnt want to do anything else.

I have seen on your Myspace Page that you are touring a lot What do you find to be the most rewarding thing about touring?
The most rewarding thing would have to be meeting new people and sharing our life with theirs. The Rose McCoy loves to tour!!
What do you find to be the hardest thing about touring?
The hardest is probably leaving our girlfriends and close friends for a while when we are gone.

What advice would give to artists/bands that are just starting out?
Take your time. Don’t try to cut too many corners and save a bunch of money. Image is everything, and spend as much money as possible to make yourself look and sound good to people. Be 150% dedicated, or don’t do it. Do it for the right reasons. Remember that you have a God given talent and he deserves all the glory for any success or recognition you receive.

What are your plans for the future?
We all hope to have lifelong careers in music because we believe ministry through music is what we are called to do. Also hope to get married someday and start loving families. Personally, I am also going to become a teacher of the music ways.

What has God been teaching you lately?
More than ever is trust and faith that God is in ultimate control and when things look rough, we need to trust He knows that everything is going according to His will and we will get there all in His time.

Are there any artists, producers, etc. that you would like to work with?
Producers: Dustin Burnett, Aaron Sprinkle, and Mark Goldman. Artists: We would love to tour with some of our favorite bands, but we will see how our future plays out.

Who are some of the artists that you have enjoyed sharing the stage with?
Emery, Oh Sleeper, The Wedding, The Fold, Showbread, Run Kid Run, Pierce the Veil,
Family Force 5, Relient K, I am Terrified, 6 Pence None the Richer, Clocktower Showdown, and many other great bands not mentioned here.

What music have you been listening to?
I have been listening to a lot of Coldplay lately. I know the other guys are listening to a lot of Mayday Parade as well.

How did you get involved with Wounded Records?
Our manager Mike from “Charis Core Management” started sending out our info to labels very soon after we first signed with him. Wounded was one of the labels to show interest, and in the end they were the one that we chose to sign to.

What do you guys do to relax, TV, Games, xbox 360?
Well we all love playing Xbox; Mainly HALO. Our guitar player is 6′ 8″ and he enjoys playing basketball with his 7′ brother. I love watching “House.”

What are your favorite movies/books/TV Shows?
Like I said, I watch “House” all the time. Home Improvement is still the best though. When it comes to movies the best have got to be: Back to the Future, A Christmas Story, Forest Gump, Oceans 11, Anchorman, Ferris Beuller’s Day Off (and several more of course).

Any Last Comments?
Thanks for the interview and interest in The Rose McCoy and thanks to all reading. We will be releasing our album in February so please stay tuned and keep talking to us! We love all, God bless.

I also end each interview with some of the questions from James Lipton and the “Inside the Actors Studio so here they are as well.

* What is your favorite word?*
Love. Think of a better word ha ha

*What sound or noise do you love?*
We love the sound of a c# minor chord blasting through an orange amplifier.

*What sound or noise do you hate?*
Opening the letter from bill collectors… not a good sound

*What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?*
Professional doctor, but unfortunately school is too long.

*What profession would you not like to do? *
Sitting in a cubicle updating bank software for the year 2000.


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