Name's Wes Fareas' Interview with the European Magazine Furyrocks
FuryRocks: You probably get this one a lot; how did you came up with your band name?
Wes Fareas: We always give a few reasons as to why, but basically, its an acronym which means "the new approach to martyrs expressions". Its direct, no real mystery to it. We strongly believe in what we do as artists and that will not faulter. Another reason is that in a sea of ironic names for bands, we felt something as basic as 'name' would just imply that you had to listen to us for yourself. No real attempt to sound clever or brutal. We like it, we dont care what others think, haha.
Furyrocks: You’ve been busy for 10 years before releasing this Debut. What took you so long?
Wes Fareas: Well we formed around 2003, released a record called "Portrait" in which we sold and distributed ourselves. Then it was just a series of EPs over the course of years. But it did take years to complete this record. We went through member changes and just kept re-working the songs until everything fell into place.
FR: How are you feeling about the record?
WF: We're incredibly happy with it. We put a lot of ourselves into every bit of the process and wouldve spent more time on it if we could. We're meticulous as hell so we would pull an Axl Rose and spend forever on it if time and money permitted, haha. But we're just excited to play behind this thing for awhile now. The record, as a whole, showcases the different styles we're capable of, so it allows each performance to sound unique with a shifting set list.
FR: Are you happy with the reception it had?
WF: Definetly. We've been getting a lot of positive reviews and feedback from fans. We understand our record is not for everyone being that we've been told certain people don't have the attention span for it. But what is refreshing is that it's finding its way to the openminded people. Supporters of integrity. We tried to make the album seem more like a score or soundtrack to a series of circumstances and human connectivity. A lot of people are picking that up and finding the dynamics sonically so it makes for an intense live experience.
FR: There’s a lot of comparisons made with bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan, how do you feel about that?
WF: Comparisons will always find its way into any style of music, no matter how unique. We are aware of our influences (which are usually not the first comparisons made) and we are aware of the similairities people will place on us because those bands are influenced by the same artists WE are. People find comfort in relating anything, we just kind of sit back and let it happen.
FR: I can imagine you don’t write songs overnight, could you tell us how you guys build up a song?
WF: The 3 of us are constantly writing. It just seems right with the sordid state of things. I usually base the instrumentation on a perceptive feeling. Such as relating the feel of the music to the ocean or the desert and slowly build around that concept.
FR: And how long does it take you guys to write a new song?
WF: Its taken us 3 months to write 15 seconds worth of material and sometimes its taken a day to write a full song. We just work with the song until it feels right. Thus why some songs are 3 minutes, some are 10. Some are raw, some are swimming in layers. We just like to jam on the song until it reaches a conclusion naturally.
FR: When did you guys decide, "I want to be in a metal band"?
WF: We all grew up listening to so many different styles of music. From 80's hair metal to synth pop to death metal to 90's rock to free form jazz to 70's progressive. But we found ourselves always making our way back to aggressive music. The intensity is overwhelming and its part of great community that led to, in my opinion, the most expressive form of music. Yes, it does apply to other styles of music, but in its own way. Which is why we apply outside aesthetics into aggressive music, including multiple types of "heavy".
FR: How are you feeling about the metal scene today?
WF: To be honest, im disappointed. Well, im more upset with what is passing off as metal nowadays. I can believe its aggressive, but metal, no. There are so many subgenres that it just waters down the idea. I believe in different forms of metal, which is how I see us, but when we start inventing our own genre titles, please, beat me to death in the head with a piece of heavy mining equipment.
FR: What inspires you to make music?
WF: So much. Interaction, environment, opposition. This record, lyrically, is mainly commentary on a series of introspective and retrospective thoughts. I like providing an open forum for the landscape I hope to paint for the listener. I dont write whiney "woah is me" shit. It gets old even listening to it. I know its cliche to say, but in its own way, everything inspires me. But more specifically, its what I pull out of the situation.
FR: I’m really interested to see you guys play live, any chance you’ll be doing any shows in Europe soon?
WF: Our album comes out in Europe on April 19th, so we're hoping to make our way out there sometime after then. We've been wanting to make our way overseas for a long time now. So we're hoping we get a call soon with a good tour offer, haha. But seriously, we plan on making it happen before the end of the year.
FR: Any last words for our readers?
WF: Thank you so much for those who have been supporting us for some time now and who continue to support us. We love what we do and we're glad there are people out there who share the same love for music as we do. If youre reading this, please visit us on line at www.myspace.com/name and say hello. Keep supporting underground music.
FR: Thanks for your time!
WF: Thank you very much
Perry Rodenrijs for Furyrocks