Fatality speak to Loud-Stuff about the inspiration of Pizza, collaborations, and the debut of ‘little gareth’.
How would you describe your music?
I would say we’re a mixture of metal, nu-metal, a bit of hip hop, a bit of grunge and some groove thrown in for good measure. In all honesty there’s so many sub-genres of rock/metal/alternative music these days that it’s impossible to describe your sound and influences without some internet neckbeard explaining exactly why you’re wrong. For safety we’ll call ourselves a metal band.
Tell us about how the history of the project?
We were formed in 2016 when myself and Gareth created the project following the split of our previous band. We released our first EP in the same year, playing at legendary Chelmsford, Essex venue Asylum and raised some money for charity with CD and merch sales. We recruited or current bassist Matt the summer after in 2017, wrote and recorded our second EP with him and then we did a tour of the Essex circuit and released it in early 2019 with the same idea in mind – donate the money to a worthwhile charity. Then after our long term drummer Chris decided to part ways with the band later on that year, we recruited Jordan to join us full time in November 2019. Since then we’ve released a number of singles during the pandemic and hopefully will have some shows to play soon.
What are your influences/ musical heroes?
We take influence from loads of different avenues to be honest, not just music. We’re influenced by what’s going on in the world, what’s happening in our lives and things that we enjoy like playing video games, eating pizza and having a few beers with each other. Our heroes would be bands like Linkin Park, Papa Roach, Lamb Of God, Limpbizkit, Korn etc. The bands that we all listened to growing up and members that we wanted to emulate on stage.
What inspires you?
Making music with our best friends is an inspiration in itself. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of writing a track that you all love to play and perform both in the studio and in front of an audience. That’s pretty much all the inspiration we need to make music and do what we do. This isn’t an easy industry to be in but the sense of accomplishing something with your friends helps us get through it and really enjoy what we do.
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Definitely in the studio. It’s a space where we have no distractions and can concentrate on our craft. We can take the time to lay down different ideas, expand on them and bring a musical vision to reality. Don’t get me wrong. We can come up with ideas on the road and note them down etc but the best way to develop them is in a space where we know we have the time, equipment and ability to work on ideas whilst listening to them back and developing them into something people want to hear.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
Juggernaut is always a favourite. It’s punchy, energetic and people seem to find it catchy which is nice. The rest of the guys love to play Drown because it’s quite hard to sing half way through a set and they really enjoy watching me struggle!
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
Any tour? Family Values 1999 would be a dream. All we need is to invent a time machine and get in tight with the guys from Korn and we’d be set. The lineup was amazing that year and the crowds looked insane. It would have been an honour to support some of the biggest nu-metal ad hip-hop acts of that generation.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
Apart from the fact our government seems intent on bringing it to it’s knees? It’s the best and worst industry in the world! You have a huge group of people that support each others work, collaborate together to get the best out of their businesses, help each other realise their dreams and make things that they thought impossible an actual reality. On the other hand you have a small group individuals that will take advantage of people’s good nature and con them out of their hard earned money, work and dignity. People that prey on the suffering of hard working musicians. That being said, the good far outweighs the bad in the music industry and we are extremely happy to be a part of it.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Haha this is a question that’s come up a few times and I never tire from telling it. For one show Gareth, our guitarist decided to wear some old cargo shorts. He was getting into a power stance when his shorts decided to tear completely from top to bottom, exposing himself (yes his ‘little Gareth) to every single person in the front row…at eye level. I’m so surprised he didn’t get arrested for indecent exposure after the show as literally everyone saw it. This is why you’ll never see Gareth wearing old or cheap shorts on stage!
What are your future plans?
We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing. Working hard to write music that people can enjoy together. We have plans to release a good few more singles whilst we’re not allowed to play shows to more than 4 people sat round a table in an empty venue. Once we’re actually allowed to be nearer than 4 stages apart from each other indoors we will be tirelessly booking shows, performing to our audiences and bringing out plenty more music! Until then we’ll be interacting on social media with our fans and bringing the music to you!