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For Today’s Mattie Montgomery Hopes The Band Are Remembered For “Jesus”


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For Today frontman Mattie Montgomery and guitarist/vocalist Ryan Leitru were recently interviewed by Altpress.com. The devout Christian band have been winding down their career on this farewell tour and were asked what they hoped they will be remembered for. Montgomery replied:

“If there’s one thing I hope people think of when they think of our band forever, it’s Jesus. I have seen and toured with a lot of different bands with a lot of different agendas, messages and personas. The reality of this thing is, for 10 years we’ve taken this as an opportunity to share the hope that we’ve found.

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And I think there’s a lot of different people with different opinions and perspectives on this, but I don’t want to talk about my opinion. This is what I know: I wouldn’t be alive if it wasn’t for Jesus. I wouldn’t be who I am if it weren’t for him. I don’t just believe that he’s alive and he’s powerful, I know it. I’m living proof of it.

So through our music, through our concerts, through our lives, that’s been the message we want to share with the world. And I know sometimes that can be polarizing, challenging to people or whatever, and I don’t mean to offend anybody, but I have to be who I am.

I can’t be ashamed of this hope that I’ve found, cause I know it has the power to save a lot of people that need help. That’s the legacy that I’ve wanted to leave all along; that’s been the whole point of all of this.

I hope that through our example, people can find the courage to stand up for the truth that they’ve found and to share hope with the world that is so desperately in need of it.”

The strong religious beliefs in the band have caused some controversy in the past, with ex-guitarist Samuel Penner being ejected, allegedly for differing views on faith (which the band later disputed.) Meanwhile, former guitarist Mike Reynolds was kicked out shortly after expressing his hardline stance against homosexuality. These are just a few of the instances and conflicts that have arisen from the band for vocally expressing their faith.

Despite the controversies and clashes that have taken place, Montgomery doesn’t regret being vocal about his beliefs. In fact, he seems to take umbrage to some of the backlash he’s faced voicing them. When asked about what advice he would give to those who want to follow in his footsteps, he stated:

“I would also say, don’t ever compromise. Ever. For any reason. It would be better to play basements for local bars for the entirety of your career and be able to end it with your head held high and your dignity and integrity intact than it would be to play in stadiums and arenas all around the world and feel like you sort of toned down your identity or you put a cap on who you really are to become more palatable or appealing to a larger crowd.

We’ve had a lot of people say, “Well, it’s cool that you have your faith, but maybe tone it down a little bit.” I always thought, these bands I grew up listening to, no one told Raise Against The Machine to tone it down, because they had something they believed in and they were willing to fight for it even if it was polarizing, even if people disagreed with it. But there’s something about this Jesus thing that people can’t handle—it’s too intense, it’s too extreme.

Zack from Rage Against The Machine can stand on stage and say that he thinks George Bush should be executed as a war criminal and people are like, ‘Yeah, friggin’ sweet! I gotta buy six shirts tonight!’ But when I say I believe Jesus can save you, then suddenly it’s like too much for some reason. Never compromise. Never give up. Be who you are. Fight for your integrity first and whether your band gets huge or not, just hang onto your integrity because that’s a lot more valuable than album sales or your fanbase.”

For more from the pair, head to Altpress.com.

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