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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leicester, UK based Prog/Tech Metal band Fractions! Huge thanks to drummer Steve Humphreys for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name’s Steve and I play drums for Leicester prog/tech metal band Fractions. We’ve all been in different bands in our local area and formed what would become Fractions when they all disbanded.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was thrown out there as an idea by our (now departing) vocalist. We couldn’t agree on a name for a long time and I think it was just a throwaway suggestion in the practice room that we all really liked

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re from Leicester in England (Hinckley to be specific) and currently the Leicester scene is something very special. There are a lot of talented bands in the area doing very well for themselves and we are very proud and privileged to be a part of it all. We even all took part in an event recently where 28 band members from numerous Leicester bands joined forces and did an evening of covers, it was a lot of fun and will be happening again so look out for that…

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest release is a single called ‘Mind’ which is due to be part of an upcoming release called “Soundness of”. It was received very well at the time and has become a solid addition to our live sets. We feel like it is a big progression from our first EP and hopefully gives folk a taste of what’s to come.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For the band we would certainly cite Tesseract as a huge influence, both in terms of the genre we play but also the musical freedom, we never want to pigeonhole ourselves and nothing is off the table when it comes to new material. As for myself Dave Lombardo has got to be at the top, I don’t think I’d be able to play half as fast as I can now if I hadn’t learnt so much Slayer in my teens!

What first got you into music?

A cassette that a school friend gave to me, it had “Nevermind” by Nirvana on one side and “Smash” by The Offspring on the other. That tape changed my life!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

I’m a bit of a folk metal geek so to drum along with the rest of someone like Finntroll or Ensiferum would be a huge buzz for me.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

To say that you’d been on stage at Wacken would be a huge personal accolade but realistically taking Fractions to Euroblast would probably be the biggest international festival that we would sit the most comfortably on.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A friend of ours locally is a master baker and makes THE BEST flapjacks and for one of our Leicester shows he made a special batch of FracJacks. We took a few and left the rest on the merch table, needless to say there was none left over for us to take home!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you to anyone and everyone who has ever given us any of there time at a show, festival, or even online. I’ll always love what I do but when what you do is validated by others it’s a feeling you can’t pay for.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Chuck Schuldiner without a doubt! By the time I knew who Death were, he’d already passed away so he’s someone I’ve never seen live.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

My favourite part is playing live but it’s more than just the time you’re on stage, it’s the traveling, hanging out at the venue with other bands and generally having a laugh with the mates you are in a band with. There’s a few things that bug me but my biggest things are inconsiderate drummers, those who spend 10 minutes of a 15 minute changeover sitting behind the kit slowly packing their gear away, or those who set their gear up 4 hours before they play right in the middle of a small room that 3 other bands have to share!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I’d love to see more breaks given to emerging metal bands. I appreciate that labels etc taking on bands is risky and nowadays you almost need to be a fully proven entity before anyone will touch you, but I really think some of the major labels could have “apprenticeship” type contracts where they don’t pump sums of money into you but at least give you some opportunities you wouldn’t have otherwise had.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

It’s got to be “Nattfodd” by Finntroll.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Depends on the circumstances as an in-car record player would be a terrible idea, but generally I prefer everything about vinyl over anything else.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

I think it’s got to be the Zil Arena in Moscow supporting Tesseract. Having a capacity crowd absolutely chomping for you to get on stage, for them then all to go crazy the minute you started right through to the end of our set was something else. Not to mention then getting to watch Tesseract from side stage after that with plenty of beer and vodka!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Travelling to more Leicester City away games and playing more Warhammer!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

First would have to be my wife as I’m sure I’d get in trouble for not inviting her! The other 4 are tricky, I think I’d have to have Dave Lombardo and Joey Jordison to talk drums with, and then maybe guys like Bruce Dickinson and Tom Araya who you’d imagine would be really cool and have some great stories to tell.

What’s next for the band?

As I touched on earlier our vocalist is leaving the band at the end of the year after one or 2 more shows so the search for a replacement with kick into 5th gear. We are also well into writing our next record so the aim is to have it finished by the time a new vocalist is in place so we can record their parts, release it and hit the road.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Nearly all of them! I’d definitely say though to check us out on;
And BandCamp
Where all of our merch is available to listen to and buy.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

By definition, a cake is soft and goes hard when it goes off. Whilst I’ve never owned a Jaffa Cake long enough for it to go off though, I assume they would go hard if left long enough!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you too! I would like to say if any vocalists out there are looking to join a band auditions are open, and as I said earlier nothing is off the table as far as writing goes and the same can be said for vocal style. Don’t feel you can’t do it or won’t be a good fit, just send an email to fractionsuk@hotmail.co.uk and who knows what might happen…



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