Hot New Band: For Today
There’s more to For Today’s metalcore than breakdowns and holiness.
If you’re familiar with For Today, you may have seen the Iowans labelled ‘Christian metal’, but frontman Mattie Montgomery feels this tag does both the band and potential fans a great disservice.
“I’m a Christian, but we’re not just a metal band for Christians,” he explains. And while his beliefs do influence their songwriting, Mattie insists their music is for people of any faith, or indeed, no faith at all.
“Each individual can decide what to believe,” he explains. Testament (pardon the pun) to this is the fact that the band – Mattie, guitarist Ryan Leitru, bassist Brandon Leitru and drummer David Puckett – count the pentagram-wielding Motionless In White, who they toured with earlier this year, as good friends.
“They’re awesome,” says Mattie. “Their stage persona is the evil metal thing, and people expected us to be fighting about religion, but we just hung out and had a blast.”