Don’t you just love a 3 piece? And for all you smart asses out there, i’m not talking about fried chicken. Jerks.
Anywho, I’m glad to say i’ll get my first chance to catch Philadelphia, Pennsylvania power trio Fight Amp this week in my hometown. For those unfamiliar, these guys have been making a whole bunch of noise lately, both on stage and in the streets, with their intense blend of sludgy alt-noise.
With a solid batch of releases to date, the band is currently supporting their latest and greatest, Constantly Off, released on Brutal Panda Records. That being said, make sure you catch the upcoming run with the almighty EYEHATEGOD.
Syracuse, April 21st, Lost Horizon. Bring earplugs!
G- Hi there and thank you very much for taking the time to speak with Live High Five! Introduce the members in the group… Who is everyone, what do they play, and where does everyone come from?
J- Hi, this is Jon and I play bass. My band mates are Mike and Dan, who play guitar and drums, respectively… and all three of us do vocals. We’re from the Philadelphia/South Jersey region.
G- You are currently touring in support of your latest release, Constantly Off, on Brutal Panda Records. How has the reception been to the new songs, and have you noticed any fan favorites off of the record?
J- These new songs were a bit of an evolution for us, or at the very least pushing the boundaries of our comfort zone, and luckily the response has been overwhelmingly positive.
Its been pretty varied in terms of people’s favorite songs, but I’d say “Ex Everything” seems to come up a lot. I guess the first song on a record is the first song for a reason, haha.
G- I guess I speak for thousands of heavy music fans when I say that your upcoming run of dates with EYEHATEGOD are not to be missed. How did the tour come about, and does Fight Amp have any fun plans for the tour, or new songs you’ll be playing for the first time (off the album or otherwise?)
J- We were gonna play a show with them in Philly last year, but they wound up having to cancel that tour, and when it came time to reschedule their agent hit us up about doing the whole thing.
EHG is obviously a huge influence on us in terms of sound and the way they avoid the genre tunnel-vision that’s all too common in heavy music, so we naturally jumped at the chance to hit the road with ’em. A lot of these cities are places were playing either for the first time, or the first time in awhile, so we’re looking forward to presenting these new songs to new ears in the live setting. We’ve worked in some old favorites, and Dan also has a whole slew of jokes that may or may not (probably not) land, just to spice things up a bit.
G- Can you tell us about the recording process for the album? Where did you record it, who was behind the boards this time around, and how long did the release take to record and get ready for release?
J- For Constantly Off we went back to our home-base studio, The Gradwell House, with our longtime friend Steve Poponi engineering. I think the biggest difference this time around was how much time we spent working on demos of the new material. Experimenting with the songs during the demo process made the studio time for the actual record much more efficient; There weren’t any unforeseen curveballs during the recording, which left us with more room for spontaneity.
All in all, if I remember correctly, it took us about 10 days to record and mix Constantly Off, plus 2 songs that wound up on a 7″ on Reptilian Records.
G- What should your fans, both old and new, expect of the performances when you guys hit the road? What should some of the first time listeners expect to see when you take the stage?
J- People should expect a Q & A on the peak heat index of burning jet fuel and its effects on the chemical integrity of steel beams.
Have those questions ready kids, we’re goin’ deep.
G- What would you say is the most difficult thing about being in a band and/or on the road? What do you tell yourself when you are in doubt about your music/band mates/future as a performer?
J- For me, it can be difficult to maintain perspective. You put your art out into the world to be criticized and dissected any way someone sees fit. It’s a vulnerable feeling and I think it can inevitably infect your mind set.
I try to remind myself that I know EXACTLY what it is that I want to hear. It’s like a reflex, and I know if I stay true to that, then all the outside factors are irrelevant.
G- Do you have a favorite song you have ever written, off of the latest album or in the past? If you could only give 1 song to someone who’d never heard of you before, to try and make a new fan, what song would you give them and why?
J- Again I’d have to go with “Ex Everything.” I think that song is a great representation of where we’ve been, and where we’re going.
G- My brother caught you guys on a double bill with Kowloon Walled City that he says was off the rails and I’m jealous about, but what has been the craziest or most memorable show that you have played to date? Where was it and what was it like?
J- The first time we played SXSW it was with Naked Raygun, Municipal Waste, Iron Lung, Shotbaker, Cancer Bats, Dub Trio, and some more I’m forgetting. It was the stereotypical hodge podge of different bands all crammed into one bill that you’d often associate with that fest. It was a wild experience!
G- Lastly, what advice can you give some of the young, up and coming bands everywhere who want to make it in music, on the road, and as a professional musician?
J- Stay true to your vision, know when to say no, and don’t take advice from schmucks like me.