Saturday, September 21, 2013

Fuck The Facts Interview

  1.     Can you give us an update on what is going on with the band these days?

We just self-released a new EP entitled “Amer” on 10” vinyl, cassette and as a digital download ” back in June.  We also just got back from a 3 week European tour and are now on a small tour of the Canadian Maritimes.

2.     How would you describe the musical sound of the new ep and how it differs from previous releases?

Like all our releases, we don’t really put a tremendous amount of thought into having a certain direction. We just start writing and with time we start to get an idea of how things are going to come together and what will work best for the songs and release. Being so close to it, I have a hard time really analyzing what we do, but I have heard from numerous people that think it’s probably one of our most “memorable” releases. I guess that could that the songs are perhaps a bit simpler and also shorter than our last album. Perhaps it’s more “melodic” than previous releases as well.

3.     What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the new ep?

It’s a lot about desire versus happiness. Striving and working to accomplish your goals is often more fulfilling than obtaining them. Having everything does not create happiness, but the process of working towards happiness is what keeps us alive. This is a theme I see us having in our band. Creating and working on our art is often the most incredible and gratifying part of what we do.

4.     The band has been around for 14 years, what is it that motivates to keep writing music after all these days?

Sometimes I’m not motivated and I just have to put down the guitar and go do other things with my time. There was a time that I felt like I needed to constantly be pushing myself to be productive, but nowadays I’m happy to not play music and enjoy other parts of my life when the creative juices might not be flowing. Downtime can be just as important as working. When I have a good balance, that’s when I find I enjoy my life the most and when I get my best work done.

5.     What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

We play a pretty wide range of shows, from cramped basements to larger festivals and we’ve enjoyed both extremes. We just played Obscene Extreme in the Czech Republic and that was probably the highlight of this past European tour. It was a really wild outdoor festival with a lot of people dressed-up and with inflatable toys flying off the stage. Definitely looking forward to heading back there some day.

6.     Do you have any touring plans for the new recording?

After this tour we’re mainly just doing some weekends in Canada and the US for the rest of the year. We have some tentative plans for 2014, but nothing confirmed just yet.  

7.     On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to the new ep by fans of grindcore?

The feedback we’ve gotten has been positive, but that’s not uncommon. I think people that don’t actually enjoy it won’t go out of their way to let us know. It’s definitely not a straight up grindcore release, so it’s probably not a good EP for any grindcore purists to check out.

8.     Over the years you have put out music with and without record labels, do you feel the self released stuff is a little bit more creative?

No, it really doesn’t make a difference. We’ve never had a label tell us what we can or can’t do, so we’ve always done exactly what we wanted to do. We wouldn’t work with anyone that would put any sort of constraints on us.

9. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

The music for our next album is recorded and we’re now working on the vocals, so I have a pretty good idea of what our next release will sound like. I found that our last album “Die Miserable” was more similar to our album “Stigmata High-Five”, but this new one I find is more in the vein of our “Disgorge Mexico” album. The songs are a bit shorter in general, and even if it’s not always grinding, I find it has a bit more of that grindcore vibe than perhaps our more recent releases.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have influenced the music of the new ep?

We’re all involved in the writing, so we get a pretty wide variety of influences from grind, hardcore, punk, rock and even some more technical metal. We’re always open to trying new things, so when ever a new idea comes up that perhaps we’ve never really tried, that’s when things get the most exciting.

11.For a long time the band was releasing new stuff almost every month but slowed down after 2011, was that because of the other musical projects?

I don’t think we ever put out releases monthly, but we have had busier periods. It all really depends. We never want to force something and we’re not in a race to have as many releases as possible, we just do what we do and when we’re ready for a new release that’s when we do it. We all have different little side-projects, but FTF has always been the priority for everyone in the band.

12.Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview? 

Just thanks to you and everyone reading this for all the support over the years. Cheers!

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