Local rock band Cord of 3 has a Christian message, but the members don't consider themselves to be a Christian band.
"When you have the Christian label, that limits what people listen to. We're more positive rock," vocalist Randall Erskine said. "We'll definitely share with anybody, but we're not shoving it down their throats."
Brandon Bradshaw, who plays bass and sings background vocals, agreed. "That's not what we're all about," he said, laughing. "If you go to a party dressed like a cop, nobody's going to talk to you."
The band members, who are all devout Christians, hope to take their message to the masses by rereleasing their 2010 album, "Broken But Undeniably Hopeful," to the mainstream Feb. 13.
"The Christian market is awesome. It's good to let everyone know we're here. But if you don't fit that stereotype ... they push the stop button on you," said lead guitarist Robbie Bennett. "Now it's time to go out and explore. We create music that's a conveyance about how we feel and how we look at life."
Cord of 3, which also includes Tim Miller on drums, is on the Florida-based Rev Music Group label. They have been on Christian rock charts and one song, "Breathe," was the No. 73 song for 2011. They plan to release the single "Mask" on Feb. 13.
"We've been thinking about it for a year," Erskine said of the album's re-release. "We hope it will help open what they'll listen to."
Cord of 3 has had its current lineup for a couple of years. The band's name comes from Ecclesiastes 4:12 in the Bible, Erskine said.
"We've been through a lot when we were growing up in rough homes or secluded from everybody else. We've held a strong cord and helped each other," he said. "If one strand is broken, we're there to pick up the slack."
The band's music has many influences.
"It's a mix of everything," Erskine said. "We took different bands we liked growing up and put them in a pot. We really have our own style."
"It's more like a tossed salad," he joked.
"It's a smoothie of excellence," Bradshaw added.
Each song reflects a different period in their lives, Erskine said. They want people to feel like they don't have to take drastic measures, such as suicide, to get through their situations and not feel alone.
"We've all been through that. No matter how broken you are, you can feel there's hope out there," he said. "You don't have to feel like taking things in your own hands."
Although the band's album was released in 2010, Bennett isn't worried that it might be too old for people to listen to.
"It's still a baby. There's a lot of room to play with our career. People always want new music," he said. "We want to make sure we get it right. We're taking our time and giving them something more they can hear, feel and use."
Cord of 3's music is available on iTunes.