I had a chance to email with Fear Incorporated recently. They are an avant garde band, which means their sound is experimental and very non-traditional. Overall, their music has a gritty electronic feeling that’s stained with dark subject matter and lyrics.
• What are your biggest musical influences?
My most prominent musical influences would be bands such as The Residents or Devo-Also Bowie and Magazine and early Wall Of Voodoo (when Stan Ridgeway) was doing vocals-although Fear Incorporated have a more a ‘homegrown’ sound to our style we are also influenced by dark cabaret and avant garde music.
• Do you listen to any band or genre that would surprise your fans if they found out?
I listen to music from spook folk to classical and electronic to punk and with ever changing dark music styles within the sinister album themes for Fear Incorporated I think I would be surprised if people were surprised at what I listen too lol-Not that there is much time to listen as we are always creating and working on something musically.
• What’s next for the band?
The Apparitions album which is our current and newest release is out now on Sacred Realm Records on CD and digital download and is themed on the supernatural. A new video for ‘Ouija Board’ from the album is out too and the track itself is available via our bandcamp page on the Sacred Realms website to download free as a taster of the new release.
The Apparitions album can be streamed and purchased via this link.
We will appear on a few alternative compilation albums over the next few months and are enjoying quite a bit of radio play-We are also currently working on a new album Something Wicked This Way Comes
• How do you think streaming services like Spotify and Pandora have changed how bands release music? Has it made it easier or more difficult?
There are pros and cons to streaming services in my opinion-it does discourgage [sic] people from buying the artists work to support them but at the same time gives the artist more presence online for potential new fans to disover [sic] their music-so a bit of the positive and negative with that really.
• Do you have any non-musical influences that show up in your music?
My love of the metaphysical,spiritual,occultand horror I believe shows itself in the themes we use for expressing our music and really anything quirky, surreal and avant garde too.
• Can you describe your sound?
Its been described as many things over the past 7 albums and 11 years the band has been on the go-we have had a few line ups with myself being an original founder and member and this has somewhat influenced the sound of the band-Our own description of the music is ‘Theatre Macabre Avant Garde’ -It’s a mouthful I know at times but gives a good indication of what the band is all about as regards our themes and the subject matter we write about.
• What are you listening to lately? Anything you would recommend?
I am listening to a new band Interrobang and their debut album which is an offshoot of ‘Chumawamba’-I also have been listening to Gnostic Gorilla St Basil’s Asylum which is currently out on Cleopatra Records-Its a fine selection of dark songs for any alternative music listener to enjoy and a must have for your collection.
• What made you decide to “get into” music and start a band?
Being born in the 70’s it may well have been the advent of both glam and punk that were motivators for me to follow music as an interest-I have been in several bands over the years and my love of all things dark ingnited [sic] the spark to form Fear Incorporated later on in life back in 2008.
• How does your writing process work, do you all collaborate on the lyrics or is that job reserved for just one person?
The lyrics are all written by myself and all depend on the theme of the current album we are working upon-our first album ‘Sawney’s Cave’ was themed on a Scottish Cannibal and murderer so lyrics were based around his story of he and his incestuous family who murdered and ate passers by who were stupid enough to bypass his cave of an evening-the second album Phobos was themed on human fears and the third Dark Carnival about a ficticious [sic] traveling troupe of freaks and geeks terrifying their audience and all whom attend their evil circus-and so on it progresses with the rest of our albums as regards the writing-the theme of the album at the time mainly dicates [sic] the content of the lyrics.
• If you had to pick just one, which album would be your favorite?
It would be difficult to just pick one album as I have many but if it had to be just one then it would Magazine’s Secondhand Daylight. Magazine were around from the late 70’s to early 80’s and were very much ahead of their time musically and lyrically.
• Are there any bands you would desperately love to tour with someday?
Due to the location of our band members and actually only having two of us within the band currently (which is myself and Berwyn Waddon) it makes playing live difficult-I live in Scotland and Berwyn lives in Wales-I have some health issues that makes it difficult for touring but if there were a band I would have like(ed) to tour with then it would be a strange and avant garde band called The Residents.
• What are your thoughts about bands releasing more singles, rather than following a traditional route and just releasing albums?
It seems that people’s attention has diminished in general when spending time online as there seems to be so much eye and ear candy for them to scroll through (especially on social media). Because of this I believe many that art and creative expression is suffering as the quantity of it is diminishing its worth for some people. I think the whole single approach for some bands is to get music out quicker and not to overwhelm the listener with too many tracks but in turn so many musicans [sic] are doing this its saturating the online music community anyway so ends up being counter productive-I think that the music industry needs to take a step back and see what pieces of the jigsaw don’t fit anymore and discard them in favor of a more old fashioned approach if need be and experiment with that to see if it could progress-something new definatley [sic] needs to happen for sure.