The Forgotten Age Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
TFA. We’re a Metal/Alternative group from North Wales, currently a three piece act seeking a new full time drummer. We’re all about chunky riffs, pounding drums and sweet ‘sing-your-heart-out’ melodic style choruses that leave you with something to be remembered.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TFA. We formed as a five piece about four years ago in Bangor, North Wales, where we all studied at uni. Our former guitarist Tamara Jordan, introduced Mike to the group and after a couple of decent jam sessions, we wrote our first ever song “Final Phase” with our very first drummer Marc Dawson. Fast forward a few months, Tamara had sadly decided to leave to pursue a career in Micro-biology, so Mike took over as second guitarist. Marc had also left by this point, and was replaced by our previous drummer Joe Young, whom we met completely by accident at a gig in Rhyl. He was with us for the recording of our first EP “Undone” and helped us really define our sound with our latest EP “Paradigm”, to be released on the 29th June.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TFA. Musically we’re influenced, like many, by the artists we listened to growing up. Riffs by Bullet For My Valentine, intricate lead work and songwriting styles of Avenged Sevenfold, Tight bonded bridges of Killswitch Engage. Vocally, there’s some old school power metal influences like Sonata Arctica and Helloween, and even a touch of J-metal inspiration from Dir En Grey and Gazette. It’s a pretty diverse mix.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
TFA. We’d love to be able to quit our day jobs and do this for a living, and I’m sure most bands in our position would say the same. To get signed or funded for a debut album would be cool, and being able to work with and tour alongside big name artists would be a dream come true. We just need to get our music out there, and get the word out to as many people as we can, that we’re here, this is what we do, this is what we love, and we cherish the support of all our fans, new and existing.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TFA. The writing process is pretty even, Ben and Alex tend to field the bulk of the riffs, and Mike takes charge of the vocals, melodies, lyrics and finishing touches. Lyric wise, they’re mostly quite personal topics, inspired by situations we’ve experienced first hand. More so than that though, is the psychology of it all, how the people in our lives respond and react to adversity, the realism behind the romanticism, and the single fixed points in time where the turmoil of emotions takes control and leaves all rational thought behind. I guess, both musically and lyrically, we like to put a fresh perspective on the things that could easily become familiar to us all.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
TFA. As with most bands these days, we rely heavily on social media to spread the word of any new material or shows we have in the pipeline. Our two main platforms are definitely Facebook and Instagram.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
TFA. Nothing ever quite compares to the feeling of holding a new CD in your hand, there’s a unique charm to it, but in terms of convenience, there’s really no better, easier, or faster way to get yourself heard than putting up tracks for download. If you like a song, you can own your very own copy in an instant, and listen to it whenever and however you please; the freedom with which creative artists can share their talents now is awe inspiring. Of course, piracy is still a risk, and we’d always encourage people to respect the artist’s right to protect their work, but for the most part, it’s just a joy to be able to get our music straight into the hands of the people who want to listen, and a lot of new artists probably wouldn’t survive without it.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TFA. Disturbed – Down with the sickness It’s instantly recognisable and people go nuts for it. ‘Oh, ah, ah, ah, ah’ J
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
TFA. Slow walkers, When people are late, Sh*t drivers
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
TFA. I think one of our proudest moments as a band was when the released our first E.P, ‘Enough’. It was by far the best piece of work any of us had ever written as part of a band and we felt like this was a real turning point for the ‘The Forgotten Age’.
PD. So what are you working on at the moment?
TFA. Well, we really can’t wait for the opportunity to get back into the studio and knock out a few more tracks. Hopefully, we’ll be able to have a couple of new singles by the end of the year, and we want them to be even more refined, even more powerful, and even more memorable than Paradigm.
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