Fit For A King have never shied away from exploring dark subject matter, from mental health troubles to horrifying historical events like the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. And while they continue to examine darkness on The Path – the track Stockholm likens North America’s tendency to “worship” politicians to Stockholm syndrome, while Prophet is about the suicide of their manager’s friend – the overall message of The Path is one of positivity, that fits with their ambitious drive.
“I want the album to be like a motivator for finding your own path,” Ryan explains. “Whether it’s the path out of depression, maybe the path to the job you’ve always wanted. I think a lot of people wander around life aimlessly – including myself in the past. It’s about finding direction, not making excuses, putting aside your past and just finding a way forward.”
With the majority of the band being Christian, you could interpret the album’s title and tracks like Prophet and God Of Fire as references to their faith. But Ryan stresses that it’s not a focal point.
“When I joined Fit For A King it was like mandatory that I needed to make some religious speech onstage,” Ryan remembers. “It’s funny because when I was writing super Christian lyrics in the early days, I was living the least-Christian life. It was like the more I was talking about religion, the further I was from what I was writing about. Almost like trying to compensate.
“Then I decided to just be real with myself. I’m Christian so when I write it will pop up, but it’s not like I’m gonna sit and write about God. There are a lot of views I have that other Christians don’t agree with. A lot of beliefs are rooted in a time where racism was super prevalent and everyone was a misogynist. I’m not up for religious debates, but I think people should do their own research, and get to a spot where they feel comfortable.”