Fatality are a 4 piece metal band from Essex. Playing a mixture of metal, nu-metal and grunge style music. Drawing influence from many different styles including rap, metal, rock and anything else that inspires them.
The modern Nu-Metal outfit, with the current lineup formed in the winter of 2019 after the recruitment of drummer Jordan Maze. Josh Abbott, Gareth Brimley and Matt Shynn complete the quartet. They recorded their 2nd EP 'Prey' in 2018 and organised and played an Essex tour, culminating with their EP release party in early 2019. Raising a substantial amount for the mental health charity Mind.
Who are the members of Fatality?
We are: Josh Abbott (Vocals)
Gareth Brimley (Guitar)
Matt Shynn (Bass)
Jordan Maze (Percussion)
How & when did the band form?
We were formed in 2016 after Josh and Gareth created a project with ex drummer Chris after their previous band split. We released our first EP (self titled) in late 2016. Matt was then recruited to play bass for us in time to write and record our second EP ‘Prey’ in 2018 with an early 2019 release. Chris decided to part ways with us in the summer of 2019 and in November we held a number of auditions in which we decided to invite Jordan into the Fatality family, completing our current lineup.
Where was the first place Fatality performed?
The first show we ever played was at legendary Chelmsford venue, Asylum. I think it was towards the end of 2016. I do remember it being a great show with an amazing turnout for a band that had only just started.
What inspired each of you to start music?
I don’t think there has been a specific event that made us all think “I’m going to be a musician”. I think just enjoying music all our lives, listening to our favourite bands when we were younger and wanting to emulate them is something that every musician starts off doing. That’s exactly how we did it. Wanting to be that guy on stage in that band is what made us all want to do what we do.
Latest Fatality single release (The Lesson)
What is the story behind the new song?
The story/meaning behind ‘The Lesson’ is basically all about the human race. Where we came from, what was our meaning, what we have become and how we can change that and be better. The first verse is basically an explanation of where we came from and what we’re like. We evolved into a race of people that as a group aren’t very nice to each other (to put it lightly). The second verse is what we need to do to change that. There are so many people out there that believe in compassion, equality and living in harmony, they just need to all band together to stand up for what is right. Don’t let the big governments and corporations take advantage of us and turn us against each other like they always have done. If we can all do this together it can be done.
What inspired you to put together a new single?
Due to the fact we can’t perform live at the moment due to the pandemic we decided to record and release a number of singles throughout the year, then add some of those and some unreleased music into a new album in 2021 when we’re allowed to tour it. If we can’t physically play for our audiences then we hoped at least a few new tracks would suffice until we can get back out on stage again. Our inspiration is literally making music together. Writing, recording, performing in a room with 4 really good friends. It’s just an extra bonus for us that we can share that with people across the world.
Will you be touring to support the new album? If so, when?
Well as mentioned at the moment we can’t play any live shows in the UK. Once this is all over and we’re allowed to play live for real sized audiences again then you can bet 100% that we will be doing just that! We can’t give a specific timescale as the people in control are unable to give a specific (or even loose) timescale but we will be touring our new material as soon as we get the go ahead.
What is your song writing process?
We don’t have a specific process. We feel that it would make it too uniformed if we stuck to a specific songwriting routine. Usually Gareth will play a riff or Jordan will lay down a beat and we’ll just jam along, thinking of ideas on the spot until we have something that we think sounds really cool. Then we’ll build a song around that idea, going back and forth, chopping and changing parts, relentlessly analysing each part of the track until it’s finished. That being said we don’t truly believe a song is ever finished. There’s always room for improvement so we may come back to a song 6-12 months later and think “Wait. That bit can be better. Let’s do this instead” so we’re always thinking and always writing.
What are your first thoughts when you get up on stage?
“LET’S F***ING GO!”
Where was the first venue you played?
For the band that would have been at Asylum in Chelmsford as mentioned.
What is your most memorable moment from any live performances?
Haha this is a question that’s come up a few times and I never get tired of telling it at the expense of Gareth’s dignity! For one gig Gareth (guitarist) decided to wear some old cargo shorts. He was getting into a power stance when his shorts decided to completely give up and tear from top to bottom, exposing his ‘little Gareth’ to everyone in the front row. I’m surprised we didn’t get arrested for indecent exposure after the show as I’m 99% sure everybody saw it! This is the reason Gareth never wears old, cheap shorts on stage now.
Describe the atmosphere when you’re performing?
It’s difficult to describe the atmosphere. It’s just high energy, adrenaline fuelled, loud, busy and so damn exciting.
What band would you like to perform with the most?
Josh: “For me personally it would be Papa Roach. Jacoby is my idol when it comes to music. His vocal sound and style, his stage presence, his energy and attitude are second to none. Literally the most exciting frontman I’ve ever seen live. He is someone I would absolutely relish the opportunity to play with live one day.”
Gareth: “I would love to play with Limpbizkit because their songs are also very energetic. Their crowds are insane and it would be amazing to be able to share and appreciate that with them.”
Matt says “Opeth as their live show is amazing and theatrical. Mikael Åkerfeldt is such a character on stage and their music is a huge inspiration of mine.”
Jordan: Parkway drive because, being a fellow antipodean we share a love of surfing, they would be a great laugh and they use a lot of fire in their stage shows which I’m also a big fan of.
Will you be touring the UK anytime soon?
Only time will tell. We literally cannot wait to get back into the venues and play for the crowds again. It’s something that is hugely missing from our lives and as soon as we’re allowed to, we will be booking a UK tour.