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“We love what we get to do!” shares Pillar lead man, Rob Beckley. “We get to say that we play rock ‘n’ roll for a living. We get to see lives changed. We have a renewed love and focus. With that in mind, making For the Love of the Game was very fun, and very fluent; it just came out. We went into the studio knowing what the album was going to be called and we were able to carry the vision through. We wanted to have a positive, bright, fun sounding record. That was our intent from the beginning. We trust that as people hear this record, God will use it to change lives. That’s the ultimate fuel for our fire. When someone tells us, ‘your music changed my marriage, or brought me closer to God,’ that’s when we know God is using our music, and that’s what it’s al l about to us.”

Further evidence of the excitement and support behind For the Love of the Game:

HM Magazine Editor, Doug Van Pelt, explains Pillar’s broad impact, “Pillar has honed its own game to a steady, heavy polish; there’s been a progression through the years, from rap-rock, to super-tight, melodic songs that continue to demand respect. Pillar has the ability to rock two generations: one that grew up on Kiss and Motley Crüe anthems, and younger rockers growing up on bands like Linkin Park today. For the Love of the Game begs for an arena-sized crowd ... as well as an arena-sized stack of speakers!”

Major League Baseball pitcher, Mike Maroth, shares, “Pillar’s For the Love of the Game definitely rocks! It’s so hard to find quality music that actually has purpose and meaning. For the Love of the Game is not only great music, but it’s encouraging and challenging at the same time – it’s music that matters. When I’m listening to music before a baseball game to get myself psyched up, Pillar is at the top of my playlist.”

Jasen Rauch, guitarist in the GRAMMY-nominated and Dove Award-winning band Red, exclaims, “For the Love of the Game is one of the most intense records I’ve heard in years. Pillar has written its best work yet!”

Mike Smith, drummer in the GRAMMY and Dove Award-nominated band Leeland, comments on the influence Pillar has on other Christian Rock bands, “Pillar is amazing. Those guys have been on the frontlines for years, continually knocking down incorrect barriers about what Christian Rock is all about. They have huge hearts to share the Gospel, and from a musical standpoint, they are awesome. Lester [Pillar’s drummer] is one of the best drummers, not just in Christian music, but in any kind of music.”

One track on For the Love of the Game that Pillar is particularly proud of is “Turn It Up.” “It’s a tribute to Christian music,” Rob explains. “Every lyric in that song is an album title or song title from another Christian band, with the exception of two lines. All in all, there are 34 bands represented in that song; bands whose songs have influenced us and impacted us. In preparation for writing and recording For the Love of the Game, I listened to a whole lot of Christian music. Prior to Pillar, I didn’t know the Christian music world existed. Over the last year, I’ve fully come to understand just how well the Christian music world is established. In today’s music market, Christian bands are starting to set musical standards. Bands like Underoath, for example, are really making a huge impact on the musi c scene, and that is really cool to me. I want people to know that we are a Christian band. We are proud of who we are!”

The ten-track project comprises the following: “For the Love of the Game,” “Turn It Up,” “Reckless Youth,” “State of Emergency,” “Smiling Down,” “The Runaway,” “Throwdown,” “Get Back,” “I Fade Away,” and “Forever Starts Now.”

For more information on Pillar visit: www.pillarmusic.com or www.myspace.com/pillar

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