Fierce Essex alt-metallers – here’s Josh Abbott from Fatality…
How did you get the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you? Our latest release is called ‘Saviour’. ‘Saviour’ is a bit different for us. It mixes our heavy and lighter elements in one track. It’s definitely an emotional one as the lyrics are something very close to my heart. The theme of this song is the effect a partner/lover or friend can have on your mental health. It’s about how, just by being there, they can drag you out of a dark hole and stop dangerous thoughts. They help you through dark times and even make you better yourself and take steps to improve your mental state, so you have a stronger, happier relationship.
What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why? It wasn’t really difficult to put the release together to be honest. We’ve released plenty of music in the past, so we have a way of working that makes things like this as easy as possible. It’s just what we do, I guess. If there had to be a ‘hardest’ part to it then I would have to say maybe writing the song was the hardest part in comparison to the rest. It’s a little bit different to our usual style so it was a good way to test ourselves and push our limits as to what we can do when we explore our talents.
What do enjoy most about producing your own material? We produce all our music ourselves. I work as a professional audio engineer by trade and we just so happen to record and rehearse at the music studios I work at so it’s really handy. Producing your own music eliminates a lot of time, faffing around and explaining to someone the exact sound you’re going for. When a member of the band produces, they already know what sound you want because they were a part of creating that sound. It also helps as we don’t have to go back and forth with a producer who may be working on a million different projects. If we need changes made, we do it all together at a rehearsal where we’re all in the room and can inject our ideas into the mixes.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music? We want them to enjoy themselves. It doesn’t matter in what way. Whether it be that you connect emotionally with the lyrics, or you bop along in the car to one of our tracks, or whether you bang your head at home to one of our breakdowns. As long as you’re enjoying it, that means the world to us.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process? We just jam until we have something we like. Gareth or Matt will play a riff or Jordan will drum a beat and we’ll just play around with different sounds and grooves until we think “That sounds cool”. I’ll throw some lyrics or a melody over the top and then we’ll try and structure that into a decent, releasable song. Once that’s done, we record a demo, listen over it and make notes of things that we can improve on, go back to structuring and re-writing, then we get in the studio for a full multitrack recording and that’s it.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why? We’ve been influenced by loads of different bands. Mainly bands we grew up listening to like Slipknot, Papa Roach, Limpbizkit and Linkin Park but, in all honesty, we draw influence from hundreds of other musicians and styles. I’d say you can hear different influences in all our music, but people seem to draw similarities between us and bands we never even thought we sounded like, so I guess that’s just personal opinions.
When the world is back to normal where would like to tour, and why? Is all over the world an acceptable answer? Haha! At the moment we’d be absolutely over the moon to have any show, any time, at any venue. We just want to get back up onto a stage again no matter where it is. We’ve all missed playing live so much that we’d be grateful to have any live experience right now.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why? ‘Juggernaut’. It encompasses the general feel of our musical style. That being said, we do like to do things differently and not stick to one particular genre, but Juggernaut is one track that I think has a bit of everything in it.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career? We just want to keep doing what we’re doing. Of course, if our next track absolutely blows up and the opportunity arises to play a big world tour with the likes of someone like Slipknot then we’re not going to say no, but we enjoy every moment of what we do. Writing and playing music with your best friends is the greatest experience of all; sharing that with an audience is also absolutely amazing. If we get to do that on a bigger platform then, hell yeah, we’ll grab that chance with both hands!
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words? Thanks for taking the time to interview us and thanks to the reader for checking us out. If you’d like to see the kind of thing we do then head over to our social media pages and our website to watch us, hear us and chat with us. You can even check out our merch store while you’re at it!
Fatality release ‘Saviour’ on 13th November For more info visit: facebook.com/fatalitybanduk