Wisconsin-based Christian artists Loftland are preparing to head out on their 2014 tour in support of their sophomore release I Don’t Wanna Dance with their RCF HDL-20A line array rig.
I Don’t Wanna Dance is being released February 18 on Dream Records, distributed by Capitol Christian distribution. Loftland will be joined by Jonathan Thulin, Shine Bright Baby and Silverline on a tour that is scheduled to run January through April.
For the tour, Loftland will also provide production with the RCF system, comprised of eight HDL20-A dual 10” two way line array boxes hoisted on Genie lifts, two SUB-8006AS double 18” subwoofers and two HD10-A’s for front fills.
On the choice of RCF, Loftland’s guitarist Tanner Gibbs said, “We wanted a system that would provide the sonic quality we are used to as well as the flexibility required for the different sized venues we perform in. One night we could be at a church that seats 300 and the next at a festival performing for a crowd of 5,000.”
He goes on to say, “The system has worked great for us. We toured this past summer and easily covered crowds of a couple thousand people at our festival appearances,” which included the Off The Charts festival in North Dakota and Wisconsin’s Good Neighbor Festival.
While they enjoy performing to larger crowds at festivals, the bulk of Loftland’s concerts are at community churches and youth centers.
“I Don’t Wanna Dance is an ironic title for our new release as the style of our music is very danceable with the crowd jumping around and a lot of interaction,” notes Gibbs. As Loftland is passionate about connecting with their audience, the pop-rock quartet fuses uplifting lyrics with inescapably infectious hooks, putting on an energetic live show.
“All the members of the band are Christians,” notes Gibbs, “and our music is meant to offer a positive message, not necessary worship.” With a youth demographic, Loftland uses their music to present and uplifting life experience. Lyrically, Gibbs says they try to reach out with the message, especially to young girls, “that there are decent men out there,” downplaying the sensuality and sexuality traits of today’s society.
“Loftland is an amazing live band that will bring more energy and professionalism than many other ‘more expensive’ touring bands,” says Hidden Valley Community Church Pastor Billy Knott. “They love teens and they love Jesus.”
Pastor Nathanael Miles of the Wausau Alliance Church in Wausau, Wisconsin concurs. “Loftland is a rare band that puts ministry to teenagers ahead of their music. Their desire to glorify God in everything they do is evident in their passion for Jesus, challenging lyrics and high-energy show. Loftland is definitely a Chris-centered band.”
Of the other artists on the tour: Jonathon Thulin has been applauded for his creative approach to Christian music, nominated multiple times for We Love Christian Music Awards, held the #1 chart position with the single “Dead Came To Life” and will be touring in support of his latest release The White Room. Ohio-based Shine Bright Baby is known for their fresh and inventive amalgamation of pop, rock and modern worship all wrapped around a dance-floor friendly electronic palette, on tour to support their latest release Dreamers. Silverline are “Christians that stand up for the truth,” as their bio describes, touring in support of their latest release Lights Out.
You can follow Loftland on their website: www.loftlandband.com