EMQ’s with IN MALICE’S WAKE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Thrash Metal band, In Malice’s Wake. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Shaun Farrugia 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?
Shaun Farrugia – I am the vocalist & guitarist for In Malice’s Wake. We have a 15+ year history now so I will keep it brief, essentially, we are Australia’s heaviest thrash metal band – we now have 4 releases under our belts and are lucky to enjoy incredible support from people in our hometown of Melbourne and increasingly around the world. The band started by my brother Mark (drums) and I quite a long way back and we have grown this band over time through a focus on killer releases, a crushing live show and 100% sincerity with everything we do in this band.
How did you come up with your band name?
Our songs primarily focus on the dark side of human nature – and the name is a reference to what is left behind after humanity’s evil has run its course.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Melbourne is the thrash metal capital in Australia. We have intense and intimate shows, incredible world class bands who are all in healthy competition with each other and there are many great friendships across the band and music fan community here. There are huge distances to cover playing state to state which can be challenging, and of course there is great cost to touring internationally – however we have been lucky to enjoy great support from people who value music and shows both locally and globally via internet reach.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We have a new album releasing Friday the 13th of November, titled “The Blindness of Faith” – the title track and video has been released and can be found here.
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Who have been your greatest influences?
I would count Testament (especially vocally), Sodom, Slayer & early Sepultura as being the greatest influencers of our sound in general. In our later material I would also site elements of Vital Remains, Deicide, Celtic Frost & Behemoth as having an influence in some way.
What first got you into music?
Tried and true answer of Metallica – then Fear Factory – then Pantera, Sepultura etc. etc. etc. Then guitar and by then it really had hold over me.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Probably Tom. G Warrior – the man is a fascinating true artist who I find to have incredible vision and exciting releases.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Since experiencing Wacken in 2010 as a punter, it was one of the best experiences I have ever had and it has always been a dream to return there with my band and play to those crowds.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Not too many, I have seen school kids do a school project on us before which is pretty strange and cool.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Just to thank them for their incredible support over the years. We have always been lucky in this regard and are just highly appreciative of everyone who has ever come to a show, checked out our music etc. so thank you.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Probably Lemmy, mostly because I missed the chance to see him play live and it is one of my biggest regrets in my concert going history.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Live shows and the experience of playing to a crowd is incredible. The satisfaction that comes from writing songs and albums that you are proud of. Seeing people connect with your music.
I don’t enjoy all of the management end hassles sometimes, negotiating show terms, dealing with contracts etc. however it is a necessary evil and I treat this very seriously and handle what we do with a high level of professionalism.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would love to see a resurgence in people buying physical music – CD’s etc.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
I played Testament’s “The Gathering” to death. Some other personal favourites are “Icons of Evil” by Vital Remains, Bloodbath’s “The Fathomless Mastery”, Morbid Angel’s “Covenant”, Slayer’s “Reign in Blood” of course, and … oh yeah just one? – too hard to choose!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I’m a huge fan of CD’s, have a great collection and love listening to music loud in the car. Enjoy having a download too for listening via phone on the motorbike or doing other things. Never got into vinyl cos my wallet can’t take another addiction, but Karl our bass player is a vinyl fiend.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Hard to top the Bloodbath support shows in 2019 and the insane gig we filmed for 2014’s Vision of Live Destruction DVD. Most insane our local crowd has ever been – that is a very special memory for me.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I love painting, have run a small business airbrushing motorcycles over the years and am currently a school art teacher by trade – but yeah if not for music, then illustration and art would become!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Tough one… Huge fan of comedian’s Ricky Gervais and Bill Burr, love scientist Neil Degrassi Tyson, and am just a huge personal fan of Chuck Billy & Corpsegrinder – be a weird mix but those are the first names that came to mind…
What’s next for the band?
Well just hanging to get the release campaign done and send out the huge number of CD’s and shirts that everyone has ordered and hear back from them regarding what they think. I’m planning to hopefully put a “making of” video together regarding this latest album. Then of course, hopefully – state of the world allowing – tour this new album extensively. Beyond that, writing album #5 – which Mark and I have already begun doing in small parts.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Haha, don’t think we have them here – and I wouldn’t want to guess and get such an important question wrong…so no comment!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just again a massive thanks and please check out our new album “The Blindness of Faith” – we really have put everything into it, and I reckon its killer. Cheers!
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