Project 86 is an American Christian rock band from Orange County, California, formed in 1996. The line-up consists of bassist Steven Dail, vocalist and songwriter Andrew Schwab, and guitarist Randy Torres. The band has released seven studio albums, which have collectively sold over 500,000 units worldwide, two EPs, two DVDs, and one live album. Their music is characterized by an aggressive hardcore style, which has incorporated folk music, goth rock, metal, and hip-hop. Schwab's introspective lyrics have addressed topics like conformity and emptiness.
The band was formed by Schwab and former drummer Alex Albert as a way to inspire people to live their lives with hope. In 1998, BEC Recordings released a self-titled debut album that was well received by critics and consumers. Mainstream record labels soon approached the band with record negotiations; they signed a joint deal with Atlantic and Tooth & Nail Records, the parent company of BEC. The band's next two albums were released cooperatively. However, conflict arose when Project 86 was asked to give precedence to their mainstream audience. Eventually, the band was dropped from both labels. After releasing an independent album, the band re-negotiated a contract with Tooth & Nail and put out three more albums, the latest being Picket Fence Cartel in summer 2009.