Overcoming the sometimes lonesome journey on the path of faith has been a message that many people have gravitated to as seen in Nine Lashes’ chart-topping single “Anthem of the Lonely.” Lead vocalist for the Christian rock band, Jeremy Dunn, wants to see Christians conquer this period of “resistance” and meet “transformation.”
Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, the newest members of the Tooth and Nail family, Nine Lashes is a group of passionate rockers that have a passion for change and a desire to bring “hope to the hopeless.”
After releasing an independent album in 2009, the band, comprised of Jeremy Dunn (vocals), Adam Jefferson (guitar), Jared Lankford (bass), Noah Terrell (drums), and Jonathan Jefferson (guitar) is gearing up to release its Tooth and Nail debut entitled World We View.
Frontman for the group, Jeremy Dunn and author of their hit single single, “Anthem of the Lonely” recently set down with BREATHEcast to share his heart about the upcoming album, give advice to those who are feeling lonely on their path of faith, and more.
BC: Many people love the song "Anthem of the Lonely." What's the story behind this song?
Dunn: When writing this song I just had this image of transformation in my mind's eye. Sometimes change meets resistance. This is a song about pushing through that resistance.
BC: Sometimes it can feel like a lonely place standing for Christ. What advice can you offer to young people who may be struggling with this?
Dunn: Keep holding on and realize that you're not alone. If you can find a friend that will stand with you, latch on and strengthen each other. But even if you can't, the Holy Spirit is the best friend anyone could have.
BC: The album that's coming out is entitled World We View. Why this name?
Dunn: What if you could only see 2 feet in front of your face? Do you think your perception of the things around you would be accurate and true? The truth is, we are all born blind. And until we call on Jesus Christ, our worldview is blurry and distorted. The only way to see things exactly as they are is to view them through the eyes of God. The only way to do that is to know who he is. He wrote a book once. You should read it. Your life depends on it.
BC: Tell us about the album. What can fans expect from it?
Dunn: They can expect a diverse album with a solid rock sound as the anchor.
BC: What song on the album do you find resonates with you the most, the one that you catch yourself putting on repeat?
Dunn: Picking a favorite out of my "children" is almost impossible ( he laughs). But there is one that has more sentimental value. We wrote “Afterglow” after our guitarists' father died of a heart attack. Being dedicated to him, it will always have a special place.
BC: We understand that before you were with Tooth & Nail, you all operated independently. Tell us about the journey to Tooth & Nail, how you got signed
Dunn: It was definitely a God thing. Jon was just trying to book a show. There was a promoter, Joe Posey, that organizes a festival just down the road from us. Jon sent him our album, and it turns out that this guy helped Thousand Foot Krutch in their early career. So he forwards our album to Trevor who then presents it to Brandon Ebel of Tooth and Nail. So like I said, completely a God thing.
BC: What overall message are you hoping that fans will take away from this album?
Dunn: This goes back to the title question. We really want people to tap into and follow the vision in their hearts and minds instead of accepting things for the way they are. With Christ, all things are possible.
BC: We always like to ask our artists, what's your conversion story? How and when did you come to Christ?
Dunn: I actually gave my life to Christ in a church. My mom forced me to go, and I ended up liking it. I moved around a lot growing up, and I never knew my dad, so I spent a lot of my younger years feeling estranged from those around me. When I met Christ, everything began to change.
BC: Last, what's your favorite scripture?
Dunn: I can't pick a favorite scripture, but my favorite places in the Bible are the ones with a lot of imagery like the throne room of Isaiah and the vision shown to Ezekiel. I would love to see these scenes drawn out or painted by an artist or something.
Nine Lashes’ World We View will be released February 14, 2012.