When the band came into creation what was the main purpose for it?
-The main purpose was having fun! If you don’t enjoy it why bother right? You obviously have to be committed to make it work though. You just need a healthy balance. We have been formed since 2005 and Tommy came in that summer. I originally tried to sing and play guitar, wasn’t going to work! Tommy was the 2nd vocalist we tried, we had a lineup! Our 1st show was booked for June 2006. But due to “musical differences” and other projects, that was put off until we started gigging 2010. Things just had to change around a bit, again. New members, new songs, a new attitude towards the music.
How hard is it to come up with a sound that is all yours? What bits’n’pieces do you pick up from other stuff to make it your sound?
-We love heavy metal, its why I/we do this. We don’t aim to be original, just play the music we love. We have similiar tastes, though the bands that have influenced us musically for CF are Iron Maiden, Helloween, Saxon, Megadeth, Accept etc… To many to mention really. Lyrically being horror fans we usually have a darker horror based feel, but not always! We like to keep it heavy enough, catchy, shredding dual solos. Sometimes 4 solos! Ha ha ha…
I have no idea what kind of creative process you guys go through but how hard is it to record and release new songs?
-Anything goes really, most of us write in the band. I write a song musically, Tommy could finish the lyrics. Karl writes music, Steve writes lyrics. Steve records bass lines and sends them to me, I metalize/fatenize them so to speak. Ha ha…
Today technology allows you to record at home and release your music digitally. But in doing so is there a risk that you release only single songs because that is what is demanded to stay atop and therefore you end up killing the album for example?
-We record all our music in my studio. And constantly releasing singles just isn’t an option. We would release a single/video before we released an e.p or album to help with promotion. But why would anyone release songs as they record them? Very little people would buy the album if they already have the songs. But that’s just my thoughts.
I for one feel that the change in how people listen to music today, by downloading it and expecting to get it for free, will kill music as we know it. What kind of future is there for music?
-I am for and against this. Music sales definitely have plummeted since the digital world surfaced. Though I feel all we can do is embrace and try and move forward with it. Unfortunately we can’t do anything about the illegal download sites. In a way they can help bands at our level, but also destroy them. Though the major platform in todays digital music world is spotify. I buy every album on CD/vinyl that I like, as always. But I also listen to the same album on spotify when I am out. Essentially you have no production costs with spotify. So if you are getting quite a few streams from the service, this can work great. Overall I feel if people do it for fun and the enjoyment, and not a greed of money. It will always go on.
What kind of responses do you get to your music? What has been the thing that has gotten the most attention?
-We generally get a great response from our fans. We aren’t trying to be something we aren’t. We are just 5 guys who love heavy metal. How can we expect the crowd to have fun if we aren’t? We get up and we have fun on stage, and off it! Ha ha… Definitely not a band who get up and just stand there.
We live in a world where there are no real distances between people communicating anymore. What has been the most surprising contact so far?
-Nothing surprises me anymore. Ha ha… Well, that’s not entirely true. I was sitting in my car eating lunch and got a phone call. Couldn’t quite make the guy out, nearly hung up. Turns out it was Herman Li of Dragonforce. Asked us to support them on the Irish leg of their tour. That was a surprise! Other pleasant surprises is getting requests for autographs from people in America, Italy, France and Russia. Does mean alot to us that people listen to the music. And in fact enjoy is so much that they want our autographs. We are forever grateful…
Does playing in a band make you feel like you are a part of a greater community? What has music brought with it that you would have otherwise missed out on?
-It definitely does. Our part of the music world here in N.Ireland is very small. Bands help each other out alot. We attend each others shows, and made many new friends. Music really does bring people together! We played with american cross over Thrash band MORDRED. Tommy was a huge fan of theirs growing up. Through music Tommy and Scott became friends, and Scott even guested on the Track ‘Trust No One’. The same goes for our deal with PURE STEEL RECORDS. It was our love of heavy metal which pretty much brought this about. They are heavy metal fans, digged what we were doing, and agreed to release it. It helps spread us to a bigger audience, more fans, and hopefully leading to shows in those areas.
What is the live scene like for you? Do you feel that playing live helps building a bigger following?
-Being the small island that we are you cant do constant shows, its just not big enough. I mean you could play every week, but crowds would thin. We are selective about shows now. And generally get decent crowds for the majority of shows we play. And playing live in certain areas will help with building our fan base. Especially when its supporting a named touring band, or playing abroad.
What plans do you have for the future?
-The immediate future is to promote the new album Valley Of Shadows. The album is released Fri 9th June. We will then get a string of dates together for the mainland UK and hopefully our 1st visit to Europe. Its all about getting out there now and promoting this CD. We have been sitting on for 6 months. It’s finally out! Ha ha… We will then get writing for the next release. Heavy metal never sleeps you know….