Fatality – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
Questions answered by Josh Abbott (vocals)
PD: What type of artist are you?
JA: We’re a 4 piece Nu-Metal/Heavy Metal/Grunge band. I’d say that we take influences from Nu-Metal, Metalcore, Heavy Metal and Hip-Hop, throw it all together and add a bit of groove in there. Then imagine the energy of a thousand suns packed into a small tupperware box. That would be the best way I can describe what we do. To form your own opinion you’d have to listen to our material.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
JA: Fatality was formed in 2016 by Josh Abbott (vocals), Gareth Brimley (guitar) and ex-drummer Chris Batson with our first EP being released in the same year. We performed at Asylum, a legendary Chelmsford venue for the release and raised £200 for the SNAP charity from merch and CD sales. In 2017 we recruited bassist Matt Shynn and subsequently recorded our second EP which we released in 2019. We did a small tour of the ‘Prey’ EP in aid of MIND and raised over £500 this time. In November 2019 we parted ways with drummer Chris and joined forces with Jordan Maze who now completes our current lineup. Since his recruitment in late 2019 we’ve written and performed a new set of tracks with Jordan as well as some Fatality originals. We played our first show with Jordan on a live stream in Summer 2020.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JA: We draw our influences from loads of different avenues. Musically some of those would be bands like Lamb of God, Limpbizkit, Machinehead, Fear Factory, Papa Roach, Slipknot etc. As far as non-musical influences go we usually draw that from events in our lives that directly affect us or things we strongly believe in. This usually translates pretty well into performance as we can convey our energy and emotion about each song over to the audience.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
JA: We would ultimately love to play at festivals across the world. Places like Download, Hellfest, Wacken, Rock am Ring. Chris Jericho’s Rock and Wrestling Rager would be the ultimate dream for myself though! At the moment however due to the current condition of the world, we’re just going to keep doing what we enjoy doing. Writing tunes that we all enjoy to play, performing passionately for our audiences and having a damn good go at smashing through all and any glass ceilings that come before us.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
JA: We all write together. We feel that if we’re all excited and passionate about each instrument and each lyric then we’re at our best. We lay down the basis of a track, then we assess and refine along with writing lyrics that mean something to us. We do the whole process together as a band, rather than one person writing a track and the rest of us playing it in a way that wouldn’t always necessarily compliment our individual playing styles.
Our songs are mainly about things that are on our mind at the time. Life events, the state of the world, video games haha! We do have a strong connection with mental health however so a lot of our songs are about that in one way or another.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
JA: Any way we can! We post as much as we can on social media, as that’s the way things are done these days, but we also love the originality of individual artwork for each show. So we work closely with independent artists to design bespoke artworks based on the lineup for the night, we then share these around as much as we can to try and gain a bit of attention and hype around what we do. Along with this we release tracks as much as possible so our audiences always have something new to listen to, we get as many radio/podcast interviews as we can and we just generally ask people to check our music and media out.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
JA: That’s just the way of the world at the moment. As long as the band get’s fairly paid per stream/per download then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with downloading music. It’s just down to personal preference. Some people like vinyl, some people like CDs and some people like downloads. It only becomes an issue when people either illegaly download a track or certain large streaming companies pay ridiculously little amounts to bands per stream.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JA: Easy. Bohemian Rhapsody. No explanation necessary.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
JA: I absolutely despise the sound of loud chewing, Jordan’s is stubbing his toe, Gareth hates when Leyton Orient FC lose and Matt doesn’t like being early…for anything!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
JA: As a band our proudest moment to date is our ‘Prey’ EP release mini tour in late 2018 and early 2019, with which we raised over £500 for MIND. Mental health is something very close to all of us in the band and we were over the moon to have been able to help an absolutely amazing charity with their mission.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
JA: We have new music in the works as always. We have a few tracks that are ready to be released and a load of new material that we’re constantly working on and refining. ’The Lesson’, ‘Indemnify’ and ‘Eight’ will be released over the next few months with the idea that we will accumulate these and more tracks into a 3rd EP/Album at the end of the year ready for when live music is back.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
JA: We have self-titled a 3 track EP released in 2016, the ‘Prey’ EP (7 tracks) that was released in 2019 and 2 singles, Put ‘em up LIVE and Juggernaut (accompanied by a music video), that were released this year with our current lineup. With more to come in the next few months.
You can catch us on Bandacamp, Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer as well as YouTube and as far as I’m aware, pretty much any streaming company out there! Just search Fatality Band UK and you’ll find us.
Band/Artist location – Chelmsford England
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