Thousand Foot Krutch have a busy year ahead of them with the release of their forthcoming album Exhale. We caught up with frontman Trevor McNevan while he was working on the new album while on this year’s Axes & Anchors Cruise. He chatted about new material and specific tracks as well as their plans to tour more and playing major festivals in the States such as Rocklahoma and Carolina Rebellion. Check out our full interview with Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch below:

Talk about this title Exhale and what this word means to you personally.

Exhale, in one word to me, it just means release. Inhale and Exhale were always supposed to be a two part story. Inhale was always the lighter side and people appreciated both sides of rock and Exhale was always meant to be the more aggressive side. The whole record just starts with a deep breath, that moment where you’re at the end of a long day. You get to the top of the mountain and you just exhale.

How was the creative process overall on this new album and what’s the progression?

It’s been awesome. It’s been a pummeling experience as far as the fact that it’s just taken all of me. It’s been an inspiring process and I feel like every time I get through this – you feel like it should be the same but it’s different every single time. There’s new challenges and new obstacles and new victories too. It’s been awesome though, it’s been a really exciting process. This record is much more aggressive so I’m excited about that and I’m just really excited about this music.

Talk about the latest single “Running With Giants” lyrically and musically.

“Running With Giants” to me is the best way to be introduced to Exhale. It just comes out the gate swinging and that’s what this record does. It was a great foreshadowing for the album.

TFK is such a huge part of your life. what about who you are as a person and artist can we hear on this new album?

With each record, I try my best to be vulnerable and that’s always kind of the beautiful and painful part of the process as a songwriter. This album just talks about some new situations and delves into some new areas that I’ve never talked about on a record – from moments of desperation, there’s a song called “Lifeline.” There’s moments where you’re like, “Man, how did I get here? This was not my intention. Send me a lifeline” to great moments of faith and facing fear and struggle and the other side of it, the beauty of all those things. Because it’s what we have to offer, it’s important that it’s honest for better or for worse.

What does the rest of 2016 have in store for you and the rest of the band?

Right now we’re looking at multiple tour offers trying to figure out what our spring tour is going to be in North America. It’s going to be a busy year and we’re excited about that. Carolina Rebellion and Rocklahoma, for the first time we have main stage there so that was a victory and a blessing so we’ll be at all the festivals this summer too.

Our thanks to Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch for the interview! The Exhale album is currently available to pre-order at Amazon and you can keep up with their touring here.