It's all been a bit hectic the past couple of weeks, but I thought I would give you something to read! I recently did an interview for my 6th Form Magazine, 'Banter', with We Are Fiction, a brilliant UK band. Unfortunately, the next issue of 'Banter' has been postponed indefinitely, and so I no one has had the chance to read to interview yet, but here it is in all its glory. ENJOY! :D
‘We Are Fiction’ Band Members
What has changed for you since performing and sharing a stage with acts such as Atreyu, We Are The Ocean, Deaf Havana and Story of the Year?
The song ‘Bitch', which was released digitally on 2nd November 2009, is a very potent and strong song. The title itself gives you a clue as to what the song is about. However, what was the inspiration for the song? What is the story behind it?
You have an interesting competition going on at the moment, about drawing a certain prominent part of the male anatomy to win some merch. I’m sure you’ve had some interesting entries. How is it going?
Yeah, the competition is going well! We’ve had some amazing entries. There are some very talented people out there. We’re planning on making a competition each month from now on to give people the chance to win some free merch. The winners will be announced on our myspace and facebook pages, along with a special section for them on our mailing list email. Make sure those who haven’t entered get involved!
What artists or bands are you guys listening to at the moment?
Allsorts! Cancer Bats, He Is Legend, Underoath, Everytime I Die, Alexisonfire, amongst others. Some underground UK bands as well such as Lavondyss, Deaf Havana and Proceed.
To be honest, I don’t think that point in time has really happened yet! We have a habit of cutting ourselves short a lot of the time. We’re our own worst critics. But that’s not a bad thing, it means we’re constantly striving to become better and better at what we do. A few years ago we would hear bands that we we’re friends get airtime on Kerrang Radio and we were all like “Wow! They are so lucky!” When it happened to us we kinda just went, “Ok, what’s the next step?” Not that we weren’t pleased or excited that it happened, its just we’re always so keen and excited to see what’s coming next on the path that we sometimes miss what we’ve already achieved.
Young people are stereotyped with so many negative connotations nowadays; however music seems to be one of the ways in which the younger generations can be reached. What do you think about the British music scene at the moment, and what sort of influence do you believe it is having on today’s youth culture?
The British music scene is and always will stand-alone. Nothing compares to the music that comes out of this country, it’s unique and I think that’s something to be very proud of. Most British bands that have made it in this country have got a predominantly “British” sound; it’s edgier and has a tinge of grunginess to it. Compare British music to American for example and you’ll hear the difference; American music on the whole has a much softer tone and rounder edge to it. As a result, I think this reflects on the youth culture. Fashions seem to be edgier and more out there than other countries, we also seem to have a different attitude towards music and going to shows. It’s not a bad thing, it’s what makes us who we are.
You recently parted ways with your record label, Rising Records, and decided to record your EP self-funded. What led to this decision?
Let’s just say we wanted to get the ball rolling again and the quickest way to do so was to go it alone. It seems like it was the smartest decision we made for a long time to be honest, as we don’t have to answer to anyone but ourselves now; we’re our own boss’s. The only down side is that everything we spend money on comes out of our own pockets. We’re in a lot of debt at the moment as a result of releasing this EP. So, if you want to help us out, buy some merch or our music so we can eat!
On the 23rd November, you released a mini album self titled ‘We Are Fiction’. What are the main themes of the album? What is all about?
The EP touches on topics that we feel passionate about; from horrible women, to tossers who start fights with you for how you look, to our passion towards music and the band. We strongly believe that you write best about the things you know, so that’s what we did. We just wanted this EP to be an introduction to people about who we are as a band and as people. We’ve taken a hell of a lot of rubbish in the past 3 years we’ve been together and as a result this has shaped us into the people we are today.
What are your top three bands of all time?
Underoath, Alexisonfire & Nirvana
What advice would you give to Banter readers who want to get involved in music?
If you want to make it, be prepared to give most of your life to it. Only the lucky few make it in an instant; the rest of us are on the long hard trek up the music ladder. In the words of ACDC, “It’s a long way to the top if you wanna rock and roll.”
And now for our Quick-Fire Round:
Cats or Dogs?- Dogs
Hulk or Superman?- Hulk
Warner Bros or Disney?- Warner Brothers
Reading or Glastonbury?- Reading
Junk food or Healthy food?- Junk food
Santa or the Tooth Fairy?- Santa
iPhone or Blackberry?- iPhone
MySpace or Facebook?- Myspace
Finally, what is the next step for We Are Fiction, what can we expect from you in the future?
A lot of touring and gigging for the rest of this year. We’re also going to be writing as much as possible so keep an eye out for future releases.
‘We Are Fiction’s’ album is available to buy from iTunes and Amazon now!