Alternative rock band Unveiled is a female fronted act that seeks the truth into the lives of it's listeners. They have played shows, released singles, and have more shows and more singles in the works. The band discusses these releases and what the future holds for them.
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
Caleb and Elijah started the band originally as a worship team and served on their college campus with several other musicians, most of which became part of the beginning line-up of Unveiled. After some of the original members decided to leave, including our original singer and drummer; Cierra (vocals), Mikey (guitar) & Jonathan (drums) joined the band to replaced those who had left.
2. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based out of the Dallas/Fort-Worth Metroplex where there are a huge variety of musical acts; from country, metal-core, hip-hop & gospel, Texas has more than its fair share of talent. Our scene, rock, tends to be on the smaller side but has a dedicated following and boasts many quality acts. Bands like Thirtyseven, Mouth of the South, Forever The Sickest Kids, Veridia, Fit For A King, have gotten their start here and continue to go strong.
3. How did you guys come up with your band name?
The name Unveiled was derived from the scripture 2 Corinthians 3:18 “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” This wasn't necessarily the original inspiration for our name, but has come to represent us far better than we could imagine.
4. Are you guys a Christian band and if you are, why are you one?
The short answer, yes, we are a “Christian” band, but we do not limit ourselves by playing only churches and Christian venues. We find ourselves much more comfortable playing smoky bars and clubs around the country than in the “safe” environments in which people host shows. Seeking out those who are sick and in need is much more important to us than preaching to the choir.
5. Do you think talking about spirituality in music is becoming more popular and accepted in mainstream music?
There are definitely bands who have been able to bring Christ into the forefront more so in recent years, but no so much as others have done in the past. Mainstream acts, especially in the metal scene, have a greater respect for the bands who top the charts and are humbled by the success that God has given them. When it comes to “pop” music, there isn't much room for Christ when the money starts talking and those sought out to use their music for the right reason originally, begin to get brainwashed.
6. Does the band ever get criticized for not being Christian enough?
Sure we do, but that’s one of the ways that we are able to witness to more people than if we scared them by preaching to them on the stage. Human interaction is much more effective than bible thumping, the few individual relationships we have made will save more people than making an acquaintance with thousands.
7. How do you respond to those people?
We share our convictions and back our words up with action.
8. If Jesus walked the Earth today and had an iPod, what five songs would definitely be on it?
“Arm the Masses” – For Today, “Turning Point” – Killswitch Engage, “The Lesser Worth” – The Wedding, “Children of Light” – Lecrae, “Dead Man” – Wolves at the Gate.
9. What lyrical theme do you guys use in your music? What message do you want to send?
The theme never comes to mind until after I write the lyrics. When I am writing, I write how what comes to mind and what is in my heart sometimes I am not even sure of what I am writing until after the first draft of the song. I usually surprise myself when I do realize what the song is about and how it resonates with my life and how it can resonate with others.
10. So "Burn The Diary" was how I discovered you guys off JCTV's Music Blender Hardcore Edition - what can you tell me about this single both song and video?
I wrote Burn the Diary when I was cleaning out my room before moving out to college. I was ready for a new experience, a new slate. Performing the song live over the past year I realized that Burn the Diary is such a versatile song and that it will always be relate-able. Burn the Diary is about letting go of the past but accepting that it has made you a stronger person and that God will always be there through it all.
11. Before this single was released you released your 2010 release "Unveiled - EP" then this single came forth in 2012 - can we expect to see this single off an upcoming EP or full-length or is it just a single?
We are currently in production for a new single & music video and full-length album to be released in the late spring or early summer.
12. How have your releases been received by the public/media?
Our music has been met with mostly positive reviews, some people feel our music isn't heavy enough, others feel it isn't blatantly Christian enough. Burn The Diary achieved many things for us and we’re eager to see where the next single takes us.
13. What's new in the recording of your music?
Currently we are writing and getting ready to go into the studio to record a full-length album.
14. Do you play live as well? How's your live activity so far?
We perform live in Dallas on a semi-regular basis, getting out of town every so often. Trying not to flood our scene, has been key to creating a demand for our performances when we do get out. Once our new album is out we plan to do more touring and promotion to reach beyond the Midwest.
15. What should labels/zines/promoters know about your band? Why should they be interested in it?
As musicians, we strive to use as many genre’s available to us to pull ideas into our music. Having a mixture of classical training in music theory and drawing from years of songwriting experience, we have a broad spectrum of influences to draw from. In addition, we don’t believe that Christian bands should be limited to playing certain types of venues, in fact we should play the ones that people least expect us to and with bands that have completely different beliefs from ours.
16. What plans do you have for the near future as a band?
We are in the process of writing and getting ready to head to the studio to work on our first full-length record. Songwriting has been an unique experience for us and we are looking forward to putting the finishing touches on songs that will best represent who we have become in the last 2 as a new band.
17. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
Our website, www.unveiledband.com, is a good portal to begin finding out what we currently have available. All of our currently released music is available through all the major and also available on www.cdbaby.com and also our store unveiled.storenvy.com.
18. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for
the first time?
Don’t expect us to sound like anyone, but also expect us to sound like everyone. Keep an eye out for guitar solos and breakdowns, but also be ready to hear a catchy melody and get caught off guard by a nice color chord.
19. Any final words of wisdom?
Don’t give up on the passions that God has set on your heart, He has given you certain talents for a reason and has a perfect place already prepared for you. It may take time, but God will not give you more than you can handle and once you've shown you can handle the little things, He will given you more.