FM Static

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FM Static
FM Static performing in Rochester NY in 2009
FM Static performing in Rochester NY in 2009
Background information
OriginToronto, Ontario, Canada
GenresPop punk, Christian rock, emo, acoustic rock
Years active2003–2011
LabelsTooth & Nail
Spinoff ofThousand Foot Krutch
Members
Past members
  • Justin Smith
  • Jeremy Smith
  • John Bunner
  • Steve Augustine

FM Static was a Canadian Christian pop punk duo based in Toronto, Ontario. The band was formed in 2003 as a side project for Thousand Foot Krutch. The band consisted of Trevor McNevan and Steve Augustine. The original lineup included John Bunner on guitar and Justin Smith on bass.[1] The band released four studio albums, most recently My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go! (2011).

Career[edit]

Their first album What Are You Waiting For? was produced by Aaron Sprinkle, who also produced Thousand Foot Krutch's album Phenomenon. The album featured the hit singles "Definitely Maybe", "Something to Believe In", and "Crazy Mary". FM Static toured through 2003 to 2005; John Bunner quickly retired after playing a few shows and so Justin asked his brother Jeremy to fill in for them.

On August 1, 2006, FM Static released their second album titled Critically Ashamed, which featured the single "Waste of Time". Originally, a cover of Vanilla Ice's "Ice Ice Baby" was to be included on this album, but it was removed later in the production process. The band did not tour in support of their second album because the Smith brothers had stopped playing for them. So FM Static became a two-piece band with studio musicians filling in for the other parts. While their second album featured only the single "Waste of Time", the songs "Tonight" and "Moment of Truth" went on to become huge unadvertised Internet hits, as well as hits on some radio stations. The song "Tonight" had accumulated over seventy million hits on YouTube as of November 2011, while "Moment of Truth" had more than fifty million.[2][3]

On April 7, 2009, FM Static released their third studio album Dear Diary. Written as a concept album, it details the fictional story of a boy facing the difficulties of life, love and faith, as told through his diary entries. The entries themselves were released in a blog prior to the album's release, and are included in the CD booklet, accompanied by illustrations drawn by Worth Dying For guitarist Nathan Parrish. This album featured the singles "Boy Moves to a New Town With An Optimistic Outlook", "The Unavoidable Battle of Feeling On the Outside", and "Take Me As I Am". Trevor announced in a TFK broadcast that FM Static planned to tour again in 2009 to promote the album. This was confirmed when FM Static was added to setlist of the Creation Festival tour alongside TFK as well as Jars of Clay, AA Talks, B.Reith and This Beautiful Republic.[4] Due to the fact the Trevor and Steve could not play all instrumentals, Nick Baumhardt from TFK filled in on the tour, as well as Tom Beaupre on bass and keyboards.[5]

McNevan also posted on his Twitter account on February 5, 2010, that he is in the process of finishing new songs for FM Static, which will appear on a new record. He stated originally that the album's title would be 4, but he later mentioned on his personal Facebook page that the title had been changed to My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go.[6] At Lifest 2010, FM Static debuted a song from this album called "Cinnamon & Lipstick".[7] On November 23, FM Static released a triple pack, 3 Out of 4 Ain't Bad.[7]

On April 5, 2011, FM Static released their fourth studio album My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go!.[8] Two singles from the album have been released; "My Brain Says Stop, but My Heart Says Go!" and "Last Train Home". Another single from this album, "F.M.S.T.A.T.I.C.", can be heard in episode 12 of the CW show Hellcats.[9]

Members[edit]

Final lineup[edit]

Former members[edit]

  • John Bunner – guitar (2003)
  • Justin Smith – bass (2003–2005)
  • Jeremy Smith – guitar (2004–2005)
  • Steve Augustine – drums (2003–2011)

Touring musicians[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Label Chart peaks
US US Heat US Christ
2003 What Are You Waiting For? Tooth & Nail Records
2006 Critically Ashamed 16 38
2009 Dear Diary 199 6 16
2011 My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go! 5 13

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak Album
United States Christian songs Air 1
2003
"Definitely Maybe" What Are You Waiting For?
2004
"Crazy Mary"
2005
"Something to Believe In"
2006 "Waste of Time" Critically Ashamed
"Tonight"
"Moment of Truth"
2009 "Boy Moves to a New Town with Optimistic Outlook" Dear Diary
"The Unavoidable Battle of Feeling on the Outside"
"Take Me as I Am" 28 1
2010
"Her Father's Song"
2011
"My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go!" My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go!
2011
"Last Train Home"
*Note: All chart positions above "Waste of Time" in the Canadian Hot 100 section are from the Canadian Singles Chart.

Compilation appearances[edit]

  • Canada Rocks - "Moment of Truth" (CMC, 2008)
  • GMA Canada presents 30th Anniversary Collection - "Crazy Mary" (CMC, 2008)
  • X Christmas - "Christmas Shoes" (BEC, 2008)
  • Songs from the Penalty Box, Vol. 6 - "Boy Moves to a New Town with Optimistic Outlook" (Tooth & Nail Records, 2009)
  • Boomin' - "Tonight" (Starsong/EMD, 2010)
  • Rock What You Got - "Definitely Maybe" (Starsong/EMD, 2010)
  • Happy Christmas Vol. 5 - "Snow Miser" (Tooth & Nail Records, 2010)

Videos[edit]

  • "Definitely Maybe[11]
  • "Boy Moves to a New Town with Optimistic Outlook"[12]
  • "Take Me As I Am"[13]
  • "Her Father's Song"[14]

Awards and recognition[edit]

GMA Canada Covenant Awards

  • 2009 nominee, Modern Rock/Alternative Album of the Year: Dear Diary
  • 2009 nominee, Pop/Contemporary Song of the Year: "Take Me as I Am"

Juno Awards

References[edit]

  1. ^ Band bio at One Cubed. Retrieved September 4, 2009.
  2. ^ "Tonight Song w Lyrics". YouTube, UMG, EMI. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021 – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "FM Static Moment of Truth song w lyrics". YouTube, UMG, EMI. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ "FM Static Concerts". concertarchives.org. Concert Archives. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  5. ^ "The JfH Concert Reviews and Dates: Creation Festival The Tour 2009, Jars Of Clay, Thousand Foot Krutch, Audio Unplugged, B.Reith, This Beautiful Republic, FM Static". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  6. ^ "My Brain Says Stop...video". YouTube, UMG, TNN. Archived from the original on December 13, 2021. Retrieved July 28, 2021 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ a b "Album Release Dates, CD New Releases". Jesusfreakhideout.com. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  8. ^ "Tooth & Nail | My Brain Says Stop, But My Heart Says Go!". Toothandnail.com. Archived from the original on January 11, 2011. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  9. ^ "Hellcats S1, Episode 12 Music". tvfanatic.com. TV Fanatic. January 6, 2011. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  10. ^ US (September 21, 2008). "Nick Baumhardt | Gratis muziek, tourneedata, foto's, video's". Myspace.com. Retrieved May 5, 2011.
  11. ^ "- YouTube". Retrieved December 29, 2021 – via YouTube.
  12. ^ "FM Static - Boy Moves To A New Town With Optimistic Outlook". Retrieved December 29, 2021 – via YouTube.
  13. ^ "FM Static - Take Me As I Am (Official Music Video)". Retrieved December 29, 2021 – via YouTube.
  14. ^ "FM Static - Her Father's Song". Retrieved December 29, 2021 – via YouTube.