FRACTURED FAIRYTALES INTERVIEW
Do you feel Egregore has lived up to your own expectations?
Lutachrist - Musically Egregore is the epicenter of the Fractured Fairytales catalog to date. We have all been in a very dark place and it shows in the music and over all feel of the record. It almost feels as if the album is cursed or forbidden. The artwork is very foreboding and makes a lot of people feel uncomfortable which I also enjoy very much. The tone of the album can darken a room. It just spews this nasty energy. We fucking love it. It is no big secret that physical album sales are at historic lows and dropping. This can make gauging the actual success of an album a little more difficult than it used to be but like I said it is dark and nasty which is just the way we like it. Anyone that enjoys Fractured Fairytales for the right reasons is sure to appreciate the Egregore.
In the early days you had a few line up changes, how solid is the current band’s line up of members?
Lutachrist - Yes, we have had a few line up changes in the early days. I knew it was us against the world in the beginning. I knew if we ever wanted anything we had to work harder than the rest. Sometimes people learn that being in a band is not what they really want to do once they get out on the road and do shows, photo shoots, interviews, video shoots and so on. The current line up we have now we have had since 2011 aside from a few members taking breaks for personal reasons here and there. The four of us are damn solid and we are planning to add to our current line up in the near future though I can't say much about that now.
What has been the thing that has kept Fractured Fairytale going despite people coming and going?
Lutachrist - That is a good question and I'm glad you asked that. I started playing guitar when I was 12. I wrote my first song when I was 13 and it was called Fractured Fairytales. I joined a metal band when I was 17, we practiced for a year, played one show and the band broke up. I immediately joined another metal band......practiced for 6 months....played two shows....the band broke up....I joined another band, the same thing. When I was 20 I took a step back and noticed that there were dudes in the local scene that have been doing what I'm doing for 20 or more years. I decided...fuck that shit, I dropped out of school to play music and I have been learning all this shit and going to all these practices and dealing with all this shit and I do not have shit to show for it. That is when I created Fractured Fairytales, Murmur. When I began to write it I had no intentions on ever performing it live. The album was going to be my resume so to speak and at least something to show for. A couple songs into it I was like, fuck...this shit would be bad ass live. Once the album was in near completion I assembled a team of ghouls to get this thing on stage. The album came out, we played a bunch of shows, got a lot of press, sold a good amount of albums. Things went wayward, one dude moved to the West Coast chasing love, another had kids and decided to do the family thing, the same story but this time I had something to show for it, this time I didn't have to start over..I just had to rebuild. I went back into the studio, Wrote and recorded Unvale, assembled a team of ghouls and off we went again. That is when Thanatos Nyx joined the band. Aside from me he is the longest running member in Fractured Fairytales. Long story short.....Fractured Fairytales is here to stay. Good news for those who love us, bad news for those who hate us.
Facebook have been making some big changes which have effected people who use an alias and for some their real name, what are your views on the new stricter facefarce and what effect has it had on you or people you know?
Lutachrist - It's the dumbest shit that Facebook has ever done aside from limiting band reach and adding the paid reach feature. I saw a lot of people get tagged with it before we got it...Everyone in Fractured Fairytales all got blocked out at once but we have since evolved back in and have our like pages up and running. We were pissed, we got over it...Facebook sucks anyway. Although I will admit I have gotten a few laughs out of the real names of all the Dark Lords and Demons out there.
What has been your most successful song so far?
Lutachrist - For the longest time it was obvious that Generation Dead was our biggest song but as of late it seems that the Blighted video has somewhat gone viral. Blighted also gets the most spins on all the subscription sites like Spotify and Rdio. It is pushing its way to the top very fast. Attaching a video to a good song goes a long way in this age and we are currently doing a major production on another one off of Egregore. Who knows how well it will be received?
There have been so many film remakes and reboots recently with some films getting onto their 10th or more outing, which is your favourite and least favourite of the recent movie remake or reboots?
Drudge - Hollywood is dead. Everything is a rehashed, recast, watered-down regurgitation of past masterpieces. The best reboot I've seen lately is a tie between Judge Dredd and Evil Dead. When I first saw Evil Dead I was disappointed because I was expecting a remake. But I watched it again and viewing it as a different group of people in a similar situation erased my grievances. The original was still better. The worst: Nightmare on Elm Street, Hands Down. The Friday the 13th reboot was just as terrible but with Elm street, they came out and said that Freddy was a child molester where in the original it was kind of non descript. I've always rooted for Freddy, but in this case you feel like an asshole. They made him Michael Jackson with a more badass glove.
Are there any corpses from the bands past that you would finally like to lay to rest?
Drudge - We collect all our corpses in one place so when the zombie apocalypse kicks off we'll have an army of deadites ready to go. All sporting high quality FF Egregore t shirts.
Lutachrist - Yes, There is something I would like to get off my chest, One time when we were on tour I feel asleep on the RV after an Insane ass show, I had a dream that the bottom of the RV was clear and we were running over animals on a foggy night on a winding road, every curve would reveal an animal appearing in front of the vehicle at the last moment, everyone was screaming. I was in the back looking down at the road at the animals that were getting hit, I could not look away. It was like some sort of conveyer horror show. Then I saw myself ran over under the RV go by and I screamed and woke up.....and I was driving the RV.
What is the worst case of fandom you have seen?
Thanatos Nyx - We have had people make paintings for us out of blood and someone actually wrote in their will that once they die they donate their body to Lutachrist so Yeah that's kind of strange and I'm pissed no one has left me their body.
Who is the creative influence and writer of the scenarios for your music videos?
Thanatos Nyx - We all as a whole come up with the concepts which become the videos. We story board sometimes for months to get the right feel for the song that is to be filmed. We have found that outside sources cannot accomplish the level of darkness and the proper look so we do pretty much everything in house.
Your sound is dark and heavy, just how heavy would you go?
Lutachrist - Yes, we have our moments of Death Metal like heaviness. I come from a Death Metal background and am a Death Metal musician. All of us grew up on various genres of metal. I currently play bass guitar and backup vocals in a band fronted by Dallas Toler Wade of Nile called Narcotic Wasteland. As for Fractured Fairytales, though definitely evolved, the music adheres to same forbidden formula many thought would damn us to obscurity forever. All the way back to the Murmur era you will find blast beats going into slow dreary industrial grinds, lyrics littered with riddles spewing fiery warnings of a painful end like a maddened street prophet gathering others that see the world through this dismal lens along the way.
Generation Dead is a true classic, to me it stands up with the mighty anthems that we associate with the whole industrial genre. Do you feel there are any songs in your back catalogue that can match the mastery and monstrosity of Generation Dead and why?
Lutachrist - Generation Dead is one of our longer songs, It has a lot of little parts and some very big changes in feeling that occur musically during that track. It gives the song an epic type feeling. It takes the listener through a long journey. I think that is why Gen Dead feels like such a big song compared to our other tracks. The first track on Egregore "Placebo Salvation" achieves the same broad feeling as well as being alittle more in your face and blunt about its purpose. It is very naughty song that breaks a lot of rules, I often have to ban it from my house until it gets it's shit together.
You have done a few questions, I always do my research and bands thank me for asking questions they like answering. One thing I have never asked a band, is there a question in an interview that you get pissed off about answering or a question you wouldn’t give answer to?
Lutachrist - I would not say that one question actual pisses me off, I always love a good interview, I feel like it gives us a great chance to connect and let people get into our heads a little bit. We have been around a little awhile but to a lot of publications we are new. People that are unfamiliar with your band will all ask you the same questions, they build the questions on a "who are you and what do you sound like" foundation. Those interviews are pretty much copy paste. It is enjoyable to be interviewed by someone familiar with us because they dig beyond the "hello my name is" type questioning.
Invent a weapon based upon Fractured Fairytales, what’s it called and what can it do?
Thanatos - The fractured plasma eradicator or F.P.E. it would vaporize your soul and replace it with a fractured essence of lost soul from this doomed generation.
Lutachrist - I already invented a weapon called Fractured Fairytales,
What was the last thing that pissed you off?
Drudge - Society pisses me off. I hate our nation still clings to bronze age beliefs and infects our laws and government with those beliefs. I hate that atheists make up a large percentage of voters but someone who is atheist could not realistically campaign and win any seat in government. If church and state are supposed to be separate, why the fuck does it matter what affiliation a candidate holds. I would prefer that to someone who still believes an omnipotent being created everything when there is significant evidence to the contrary. I think any congressman, senator, or president who believes that should be dismissed, fired, or impeached based solely on incompetence.
What is the colour of your underwear and what sort of underwear are you wearing?
Thanatos - "stares in silence"
Drudge - Underwear are for the weak
Lutachrist - level 99 unblessed necro boxer briefs with %16 speed buff, a passive dark aura doing debuffs to creatures of the light within a certain radius and plus 2 armor. Wait what?
In the US there has been talks about how we should concentrate more in contacting aliens, if you were to send a message to aliens what would your message be?
Lutachrist - The US talks to Aliens all the time, they told me the last time they took me up.
Thanatos - Get me the hell out of here, the life forms here are insane.
Drudge - If you've attained interplanetary travel you should be smart enough to know to stay the hell away from this planet. Thanks for the opposable thumbs.....
Thank you for this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
Lutachrist - Thanks to all our fans "The Hordes" for their continuing support, hailz to all our fallen brothers, and thank you Vampire Freaks for taking the time to document the rantings of madmen
Fractured Fairytales will be on tour this Spring on the I See Evil Tour 2015
with Abbey Death, featuring Abbey Nex and Valerie Gentile.
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