It's been over a decade since ska music—including a few Christian bands that excelled in the genre—peaked, but that hasn't stopped the O. C. Supertones from mostly plugging right along. They briefly called it quits in 2005, as band members left to pursue more family time (the six band members have 18 children among them) and other ministries. "And," says frontman Matt "Mojo" Morginsky, "I was burned out."
A 2010 reunion—10 shows in the summer—was supposed to be short-lived, but "when we saw how God was using the ministry again and how much it was encouraging people, we wanted to stay open to God using us," says drummer Jason Carson, a full-time youth pastor in California. "Since then, we've been playing around 7 or 8 shows a year. And then we got really foolish and agreed to a new album!"
That new record, For the Glory, released last week. We caught up with Carson and Morginsky to talk about the new album, the band's history (they formed in 1991 as Saved before becoming the Supertones and selling over 1 million records), and why they got back together.
What's kept you busy since 2005?
Matt Morginsky: I got married in 2004, and we've had three kids so far, so that has been what's really kept me busy. I went to Covenant Theological Seminary, graduated with an MDiv in 2011, and now an assistant pastor in Denver. [Morginsky was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America last month.]
Jason Carson: Beyond youth pastoring, I love being a husband and father to four young kids. Also, I recently have transitioned into leading adult ministries at my church.
So, why a comeback, why a new record, and why now?
Carson: This may sound cliché, but it's the truth: It's because of the Spirit of ...