Stretch Arm Strong is a hardcore punk band from South Carolina, and the flagship band for We Put Out Records. They have been active since 1992. Several of the band members are outspoken Christians, but they prefer not to be classified as a Christian band in some cases. They do prefer to be known as Christian with influences, but not as a band that "preaches".
After their freshman release on Uprising Records, Compassion Fills the Void, they released three albums for Solid State Records in 1999, 2001, and 2003 respectively. In addition, they have done several U.S. tours and several European tours.
Stretch Arm Strong have recently signed to We Put Out Records, a label on East West (a branch of the Warner Music Group), having fulfilled their deal with Solid State. Their most recent LP, Free At Last, was recorded in April and May 2005 with James Paul Wisner (producer of albums by Further Seems Forever and Underoath) and released in fall of the same year.
Stretch Arm Strong has actively addressed several pressing social concerns, such as the following:
Throughout their career, Stretch Arm Strong has made their music -- and themselves -- as youth-friendly as possible. Most of their lyrics have been much more positively oriented than the typical hardcore band's lyrics. In their song "For the Record" on A Revolution Transmission, they tell their story of how they grew up in the early South Carolina hardcore scene and went to all-ages shows; they have also refused to play shows at venues (or even in cities) which would not allow anyone under 18 to attend their concerts. In addition, some of the band members served as schoolteachers when not playing with the band.
James Miller was the original singer, but was asked to leave the band before any official recordings took place. He was probably around for the band's first half-a dozen shows. Matt McCarty took over vocal duties after James' departure.