The Passion of the Bono

Jesus Christ, you're self-righteous, Bono!

Outtakes: How do you feel about being labeled a Christian metalcore band?

McTague: I think that's exactly what we're here for, honestly. It's why the band exists, and I know that's why I make music. Besides, it's one of those things where, if you're going to be labeled something, why not get labeled something you're proud of being? 'Cause if we weren't, we'd just be labeled something else, because you can't not have a label.

Have you ever thought your record label was afraid of marketing a Christian band?

I think to an extent. People at our label support what we do, as does our team. But I think, like with our publicist, we're the only Christian band they used, so when that topic comes up, it's sometimes toned down. They send out bios that'll be like, "They're faith-based, but they're just a good rock band from Florida." You know, trying not to pigeonhole us, 'cause I think that's what their job is, to make us as accessible as possible to other people.

Was your intention always to become a mainstream band?

That was always our focus. We never wanted to be in the Christian market. We feel like we're at home now, on the road, here, playing normal clubs with normal bands. There's a lot of stuff in the Christian market that kind of upsets me a bit. It's not worth getting into, but I honestly don't understand why there's a Christian market at all. We should be like, "We're all bands, we're all musicians, and we should just accept ourselves for our diversity."

You've just wrapped another tour with the Used. Can you explain how one of rock's most clean-cut bands got hooked up with some of its most infamous partiers?

When I'm out with the Used, I don't think, "Man, I'm out on tour with the scum of the Earth." To me, they're just normal dudes like anyone I'd hang out with at home. They're just good people and good friends. We're into what they do, and they're into what we do musically. They do their thing, and we do our thing. People think it's such a huge thing to have us around, like it must be awkward, but it's not an issue on that level. — Cole Haddon

UnderOath plays with Thrice, the Bled, and Veda at 6 p.m. Sunday, November 13, at Revolution, 200 W. Broward Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets cost $16.50 in advance or $21 at the door. Call 954-727-0950.

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