EMQ’s with FATALITY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chelmsford, Essex based Modern Metal band, Fatality. Huge thanks to all of them 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?
I’m Josh and I’m the vocalist in Fatality. 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 line-up. 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.
How did you come up with your band name?
We’re all huge video game fans so when it came to trying to come up with a name, we were coincidentally playing one of the all-time greatest games ever Mortal Kombat. One of us won a fight and when the words ‘FATALITY’ flashed up on the screen in blood I said, “That would make a good band name” and it stuck!
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We’re from Essex in the UK. The Essex music scene is very hit and miss in all honesty. We’ve played some really busy shows and, in our earlier days, some not so busy shows. That being said the music scene in Essex just before the lockdown was in the middle of a resurgence. With the return of the Essex Metal 2 The Masses Bloodstock competition, things in the grassroots scene have been really picking up. There are loads of really good bands in Essex. If I were to name some, I would be running the risk of missing some names out, so I apologise in advance for that. The ones we’ve worked with recently would be bands like Unit 33, Walk In Coma, Bearfist, FyreSky, Beneath The Embers, Spidervayne, Gallow Wood, Mr Happy Chainsaw, Counties. There’s so many more amazing bands in the local scene that I could name but there just isn’t enough space on a page!
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our newest single is called ‘Juggernaut’. It’s available to stream everywhere and we have a music video for the track too. Juggernaut was filmed and edited by Talon Payne of Gallow Wood Media and it was recorded and produced at Card Trick Music in Essex, UK.
Juggernaut is about always standing tall, getting up when you’ve been knocked down and giving it your all no matter what you’re aiming for in life. We can all be that Juggernaut if you put your mind to climbing that mountain that’s in front of you.
‘Juggernaut’. (Music Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
We draw our influences from loads of different avenues. Musically some of those would be bands like Lamb of God, Limp Bizkit, Machine Head, 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.
What first got you into music?
I’ve always been into music as long as I can remember. As a very small child I wouldn’t sleep well so my parents would leave the radio on to help me sleep. Then for one of my birthdays they bought me a Sony Walkman cassette player and ever since then I’ve always had music playing in my life.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Anyone at all? There’s so many bands we look up to. I would personally say Papa Roach as Jacoby is my absolute idol when it comes to performance. But we’d love to play with the likes of Slipknot, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Deftones etc.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
We’d love to play places like Download, Hellfest, Wacken, Rock am Ring. Chris Jericho’s Rock ‘N’ 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 playing, performing passionately for our audiences and having a damn good go at smashing through all and any glass ceilings that come before us.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
You know what? We’ve never received anything weird from a fan! Maybe this in an opportunity to ask fans so send us weird stuff? Not too weird though, we’re not into any freaky stuff!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
We hope you’re enjoying our new music and we cannot wait to play live shows for you all again soon!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Either Chester Bennington or Chris Cornell. Then I’d ask to do a collaboration with them both. They’re two vocalists that I really look up to and their music means a lot to me personally. It would be an absolute honour to have met them and I could tell them how much I owe them for their messages and music.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The thing we enjoy most is writing and performing music we all enjoy with each other. We’re all really close friends and we all have so much passion for making music. It’s the best way we know of to enjoy each other’s company and achieve something at the same time.
We hate when people take things too seriously. There’s so many people we’ve come across that just take it too damn seriously and I just want to tell them to relax and enjoy yourself a bit more. Music is all about sharing something with others, a track, a guitar solo, a lyric etc and sharing is all about enjoying things with other people. The more you enjoy what you do the more others will enjoy it.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
All the people out there trying to take advantage of musicians. Whether it be “pay to play”, dodgy deals, shorting us on payments or generally just being a terrible human. I know so many musicians that work so incredibly hard on their craft and it’s so upsetting to see people out there not taking our profession seriously.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Matt: “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park because it introduced me to heavier music. From there my whole world opened up.
Gareth: “Obsolete” by Fear Factory because it inspired me to listen to a more modern style of metal.
Jordan: “Allegiance” by As Blood Runs Black because it was the first time I was ever speechless whilst listening to a drummer.
Josh: Mine would have to be “Take Off Your Pants And Jacket” by Blink-182. It got me through some really tough times in my youth and always reminded me to look on the bright side of things.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Whatever you prefer! Each one gives a different feel to the music. If you’re drawn to any version of listening to music, then you listen to it your way!
I personally prefer CD’s. You can listen anywhere like at home, in the car on a long journey, round a friend’s house and it’s something physical that you get to keep to remind you of the memories of how the music makes you feel.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
As a band our best gig or gigs 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.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Well I also make a living as a live sound engineer and music producer, so I literally have no idea. Being miserable I guess haha.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
The other 3 members of the band (Gareth, Matt and Jordan), the man that invents time travel and a music promoter so we could go back in time and play with some of the all-time great bands in their prime!
What’s next for the band?
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.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We have a self-titled 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 line-up. With more to come in the next few months.
You can catch us on Bandcamp, 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.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They’re a biscuit sized cake. They have a soft centre and they go hard when stale. I’ve actually read the Oxford paper on this one so you’re not going to catch me out!!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
We know times are still tough but just keep smashing through it and we will be back to have a huge show when we’re able to!
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