Pillar vocalist Rob Beckley says his band came into its new CD, The Reckoning, looking for a fresh start. A rebirth, even.
"We've burned bridges, and people have hurt us along the way," Beckley says. "After nine years of being in a band, you step on some toes and people have stepped on yours. That's about the point where you either start to get bitter and jaded, or you start over and realize, "I get to play rock 'n roll.'"
Beckley and his bandmates got their fresh start by giving themselves open-ended creative license, something that wasn't always the case on past albums.
"A lot of times in the past we always wrote ... all these songs as if they're going to be played on radio," Beckley says. "[This time] we kind of just said, "Let's just write this record ... Let's roll with it.'"
The music that emerged bears little resemblance to the rap-rock that was featured on the Tulsa-based group's 2000 debut CD, Above.
Instead, The Reckoning features a gritty and muscular, but tuneful, hard rock sound, with Beckley's sung and screamed vocals taking a prominent place in the mix.
The band also didn't worry about weaving messages of faith into The Reckoning, although Pillar makes no secret about being Christian.
"Our goal, really, with this record, when we started writing it, was, "Guys, let's just be who we are,'" Beckley says. "Let's not write a record just to please our Christian audience. Let's write a record of who we are."
Pillar with Showbread, Tyler Read and Son of Man
The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.
Sunday, March 11, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door; visit ticketweb.com.