Jesus freak Hideout: How'd you come up with the name "Believable Picnic"?
Jade Hanson: Joel and I used to have a different
band every weekend (Joel lived with me in '88 here in Nashville)
and "bp" was one of the names we used, the original name for the band was
JFH: How did the band get started?
Jade: I toured with PFR for 2 years and
after every show people would come up to and ask me if I had my own band.
After about 2000th time I thought that maybe God was talking to me and that I
should pursue it!
JFH: How would you describe your sound & why did you pick it for Believable
Jade: We like to think of ourselves as modern rock with a dash of Monty
Python. We didn't pick our sound, persay, it just seemed to happen, kinda like
a bad rash!
JFH: What bands have influenced your sound?
Jade: Jeff & I grew up in the "Big 80s" so
a lot of that stuff plus all the cool classic stuff, Jason was more into Kansas,
Rush and the other more artrock bands.
JFH: Would you ever consider going into the mainstream market if you didn't
have to compromise your message?
Jade: Absolutely, in order to
fulfill the Great Commission we have to get to the unsaved, the mainstream
market is almost the only way!
JFH: Where do you get the ideas for writing your songs?
Jade: LIFE!!! Just existing
gives us plenty of inspiration. We hope that everyone (through the songs)
understands the joy we feel in having Jesus Christ as our Lord & Savior
through thick and thin.
JFH: Are you guys working on any new material for a sophomore album??
Jade:Oooohhhh yeaaaaaaa! If our first picnic was
in a public park, lets just say that the next one will be on a extreme sports
expedition, but we won't forget the Gray Poupon.
JFH: What is the meaning behind the song "Shangri La"?
Jade: It is a colorful
description of Heaven.
JFH: What's "Lion's Den" about?
Jade: It is the one nonsense song on our album, it is
about our practice room at our friends house (the Lyons) and about all the
people that would visit during practice!
JFH: Who is "Mr. Good Intentions?"
Jade: Mr Good Intentions is about myself, I have an unfortunate gift for
not accomplishing what I set out to do, in all areas of my life!! It is one of
my biggest struggles (your prayers would be appreciated) and an ongoing
battle. I wrote the song from the perspective of Mr. Good Intentions being my
alter ego, which often times is how it feels.
JFH: How important do you think it is for fans of Christian music
to attend Christian concerts?
Jade: VERY!!!!!!!! It is very difficult to support a
ministry and if Christian bands are going to have a platform in which to reach
the unsaved, the body of Christ needs to help support it!!!
JFH: What's the band's favorite movies?
Jade: Wow tough question, in my case, at this time, I would have to say Braveheart or
anything with great special effects!
Jeff likes comedies and Jason likes cerebral movies.
JFH: So, you guys like Monty Python! Do you have a favorite skit??
Jade: The parrot skit!!!!
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
Jade: Some. It is hard though, most CHR [Christian Hit Radio] stations have way too broad a format for us.
Hearing Skillet then 4him is too much for me!!
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?
Jade: Cling tenaciously to Christ, it's too easy to be sucked into today's world and
leave your faith on the back burner!