ZC: You guys are from the Chattanooga area. Also, you met and formed while attending the Christian college Lee University. How does being “Southern” influence your music, or does it? Is there something about having the experience in a conservative Christian college that influences you lyrically or otherwise?
JP: Clayton and Zack have been life-long friends, and I met the two of them at Lee University in 2008. Jeremiah joined the group a couple of years later, after having known them through other bands. When you live in a place like Chattanooga for so long, I think it's impossible to not be influenced by it. The scenery, the people, and the music scene have such a unique pull about them. It's next to impossible to not be influenced by all of that. You can take the boys out of the South, but you can't take the South out of the boys. We all have our separate beliefs, though we respect each other and the people that listen to our music. The lyrics mean something different to every person that listens, and that's how they should be.
ZC: What’s next for Beyond the Brave? Recording, touring? Heavy on both? Starting a cult?
JP: Hopefully, we’ll be able to throw some new things out in the near future. We always try to continue writing. Progressively getting rowdier. Absolutely touring. We have a little route at the end of this month, starting in Chattanooga at JJ's Bohemia on June 25 with our long time friends Abandon Kansas. Who wouldn't like having their own cult?
Behold The Brave
Clayton Davis (guitar, keys, vocals), Zack Randolph (guitar), Joel Parks (bass), Jeremiah Thompson (drums)
Behold the Brave, 10 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, JJ’s Bohemia, 231 E. MLK Blvd. (423) 266-1400, jjsbohemia.com