Michael Gungor says that “I Am Mountain,” his latest album with the alternative rock band that bears his surname, was the result of “kind of an existential crisis” he experienced during late 2012.
“I just lost my metaphysic, if you will,” explains Gungor, 33, a Wisconsin native and pastor's son who got his music degree at Western Michigan University. Questioning beliefs about life and faith he'd long held, Gungor says he found himself “paralyzed” at times and sought counseling to help bring him through that struggle.
“I recognized that I'm one of those people who can get stuck in their own head and have all kinds of paradoxical thoughts that can be paralyzing,” Gungor says. “I was talking to a psychologist who said I should find ways of getting back into my body, so when I'm feeling extra nasty I should go on a run, get some exercise. I really had to become far more about getting into my body and getting out of my head, and it helped.”
The Grammy Award-nominated Gungor says he's in “a different place” now, and it had a marked impact on the “I Am Mountain” album.
“I'm certainly not as angsty now,” he notes. “I've kind of let go of a lot of the concerns I had and just am trying to be present in life. And, interestingly, it affected the music greatly. A lot of the stuff we'd written about before was very grand and idealistic and big ideas, and this album to me is a little more earthy, a little more about being right here and right now.
“It's very true to the person I am now, I think.”
Gungor and K.S. Rhoads performs Saturday, Oct. 26, at Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 313-961-6358 or visit www.saintandrewsdetroit.com.