Jesus freak Hideout: Understanding that it was inspired from scripture, what made you decide
on the name, "Third Day?"
Third Day has been a very uncontrived band. We basically picked the
name very quickly thinking that we'd change it to something better after we
gave it some thought. However, the name stuck.
The third day is the day of resurrection which is really the most incredible
day in all of history. It's not a bad occassion to reference.
JFH: How did the band get started?
Tai: Mac and Mark went to high school together. David and I went to high
school together. We hooked up at a show we were all playing at at Mark's
church. Then, we added Brad about 2 years later. We are very proud of the
fact that we've been the same band for 6+ years.
JFH: How would you describe your sound?
Tai: American Music.
JFH: What bands have influenced your sound?
Tai: Atlanta bands: the black crowes, REM, Drivin and Cryin'. Also U2, Tom
Petty, the Prayer Chain and Rich Mullins.
JFH: Your new album, "Time," shows a distinct return to the southern rootsy
sound of your self-titled debut with a matured, more confident sound. What
inspired you guys to make the alteration?
Tai: We got to the place where we realized we really didn't have anything to
prove. This is the kind of music that we really enjoy. So, we made the
kind of music that we like to listen to.
JFH: I know this is a little off the subject, but for a mini Conspiracy No.
5 interlude, could you tell a little about the meaning of your hit song
"You Make Me Mad," still a personal favorite of mine.
You Make me Mad discusses how music can have all kinds of affects on you.
It is not a huge 'message' song except for the line that says, "I don't
listen to the words, but I know them all by heart" We wanted to express
that music really does affect us and as Christians it's a good idea to at
least think about what we're listening to.
JFH: Back on the subject of your new album, Time... The opening song is
"I've Always Loved You." It's unique in the sense that you guys decided to
start off the album with a slower song as opposed to your 2 previous
projects. What encouraged this change? Also, please feel free to tell a
little about the story behind this really powerful song.
Tai: We've always come out of the gate just totally rocking and were starting
to feel like we were possibly scaring away potential fans. We love doing
the rock songs and feel like it is a real strength. However, some of our
best songs have been more mellow: "Love Song", "Thief", "My Hope Is In You."
"I've Always Loved You" has a great Tom Petty, Wildflowers feel.. We love the
way that record starts, and somewhat tipped our hat to a real hero.
The song has a very simple but powerful message that we always try to remind
ourselves and our audience of. No matter what we've done, God loves us.
That should never become trite to us.
JFH: What is the song "Don't Say Goodbye" about?
Tai: "Don't say Goodbye" is a song reaching out to a friend that has turned away
from God. The key to the message of the song is the very last line of the
counter melody of the song which states that 'Faith will bring you home
again.' Don't say Goodbye.
JFH: What is your inspiration for penning the song "Never Bow Down"?
"Never bow Down" is inspired by the story of Shadrach, Meshach and
Abbendago as well as the persecuted church throughout the world especially
China and the Phillipines. Would we as Americans give all we have and our
lives for the gospel if the time came? If we aren't living for Christ, we
probably wouldn't die for Him.
JFH: What is favorite Third Day song?
"Consuming Fire" still stands as our favorite song, but I love a song on
our bonus cd called "Long Time Comin'."
JFH: What is your favorite movie?
Tai: Waiting for Guffman
JFH: Do you prefer MounTain Dew or Pepsi?
Tai: We only drink Coca Cola products... We're from Atlanta remember.
JFH: What does the future hold in store for Third Day?
Tai: More touring and more cds. We hope to really challenge the body of
Christ to unity and service. We have awesome jobs.
JFH: The Jesus freak Hideout site was started out of appreciation for good
Christian music. We've set a goal to try to use the site to spread
Christian music, as well as God's Word, & show others how great Christian
music can be. Do you listen to Christian music? If so, what bands?
Tai: We're huge Christian music fans. We love the music of Rich Mullins, DC
Talk, and Steven Curtis Chapman. Our favorite new band is Switchfoot who
will be touring with us again soon.
JFH: I really appreciate you taking out the time in your busy schedule to
answer some questions for us. Are there any last comments you'd like to make?
Tai: Thanks for bringing our music to the web. God bless you guys.