Tampa, Florida-based rock band 39 Stripes announces the release of its first full-length project, Beyond Broken, October 26. The album’s debut singles “My Desire” and “Mustard Seed” are currently vying for adds at Christian AC and Rock radio, respectively.
Produced by 39 Stripes lead guitarist Steve Henderlong, Beyond Broken has been two years in the making due to a slew of significant hardships for the band, both personally and professionally. Consequently, the album, which 39 Stripes describes as its “best sounding and most well written CD to date,” focuses largely on trusting God in life’s joys and heartaches.
“Really, when you think about it, faith doesn’t really matter if you don’t trust God when the hard times come,” says 39 Stripes lead singer Mike Wilson. “Everything we’ve gone through the last two years–every heartache, disappointment and loss–couldn’t help but bring us closer to Him. Ultimately, we didn’t really have a choice but to trust, and that’s a message that everybody needs to cling to.”
Standout track “Saving a Place” pays tribute to a family member who has passed away, while AC single “My Desire” reminds listeners what a kernel of faith is truly worth, and Rock single “Mustard Seed” serves as an anthem of praise. Even the project’s title track is an always-relevant treatise on God’s presence—and inevitable intervention—when life is handing out those proverbial lemons.
In addition to the radio singles, 39 Stripes will support Beyond Broken with an extensive new media campaign, music video for “Beyond Broken,” and a headlining tour. Additional tour details are forthcoming. The album will release digitally via itunes (now available for pre-order at http://itunes.apple.com/us/preorder/beyond-broken/id394514175) and other online music stores as well as to physical retail outlets via CLG Distribution. For more information, visit www.39stripes.com or www.myspace.com/39stripes.
Florida natives 39 Stripes comprises Mike Wilson (lead vocals), Joe Costa (drums and percussion), Ray Schurr (bass guitar), Steve Henderlong (lead guitar, vocals) and Jason Bradley (rhythm guitars). Having released two well-received independent projects, the Saving Me A Place EP (2002) and Burn EP (2005), 39 Stripes has toured extensively, self-booking hundreds of shows and sharing the stage with top artists including Jars of Clay, newsboys, Superchick and Flyleaf. In addition to appearing on Petra’s 2005 “Farewell Tour,” 39 Stripes has showcased its talents at major festivals Atlanta Fest and Ichthus, while performing on behalf of Gibson Guitars at the summer 2005 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show. The band has been covered by major media outlets, Billboard, Guitar World, and the St. Petersburg Times while receiving endorsements from major companies Pop Icon Clothing, GHS Strings, PRS Guitars, Evans Drumheads, and RockStar Energy Drink, among others. Most recently, 39 Stripes took first place in national restaurant chain Tijuana Flat’s Fourth Annual Music Contest. Follow the band on twitter at www.twitter.com/39stripes or at www.facebook.com/39stripes.