As I Lay Dying Frontman Says Most Christian Bands Are Faking It
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.22.2014
He says 10% of them are actually Christian...
The jailed frontman of As I Lay Dying says that not only did the band fake their faith for record sales, but that they are part of the vast majority of Christian bands in terms of doing so. Tim Lambesis, who was sentenced to six years in prison after he pled guilty to charges of paying a San Diego police officer posing as a hit man $1,000 to kill his wife, spoke with Alternative Press' Ryan J. Downey in the days before his sentencing and said that faking one's faith for record sales is a commonality among the Christian rock scene.
Lambesis told the site, "We toured with more 'Christian bands' who actually aren't Christians than bands that are. In 12 years of touring with As I Lay Dying, I would say maybe one in 10 Christian bands we toured with were actually Christian bands."
As to his band's own faith, he said, "I actually wasn't the first guy in As I Lay Dying to stop being a Christian. In fact, I think I was the third. The two who remained kind of stopped talking about it, and then I'm pretty sure they dropped it, too. We talked about whether to keep taking money from the 'Christian market.' We had this bizarrely 'noble' thing, like, 'Well, we're not passing along any bad ideas. We're just singing about real life stuff. Those kids need to hear about real life, because they live in a bubble.'"
Labesis said he has been an atheist for years, first moving away from Christianity in college. He noted, "In the process of trying to defend my faith, I started thinking the other point of view was the stronger one. I remember one Christian festival where an interviewer wanted one of the guys to share his testimony, and he just froze up and let one of the guys who was still a Christian at the time answer the question. We laughed about it afterward, but we were only laughing because it was so awkward. When kids would want to pray with us after shows, I'd be like, "Um, go ahead and pray!" I would just let them pray. I'd say 'Amen.' If praying while I have my hand on their shoulder makes them feel better, I didn't want to take that away from them. When they would specifically ask me to pray for something, I'd say, "I don't really like to pray out loud, but I'll take that with me to the bus."