When I don’t know anything about a band I try to write something clever here but I think I’ll just let FIREFORCE do the talking. Answers by Erwin Suetens, Guitarplayer. ©2017
Was it hard to come up with a name? What does the name mean to you? How important is it to have the right name?
-A name should be meaning something, and it should be, if possible, a brand. Branding is very important to be identified with. That’s why our music is called “Combat Metal”, it’s all about great battles in history. And that’s why the band’s name is Fireforce, which is a military tactic that involves quick attacks by infantry, supported by helicopters. “Annihilate The Evil” means that you should try to stop the evil that’s in all of us. Every person has a bad side. The point is to make sure your bad side will not win!
Who would say have laid the foundation for the kind of sound you have? Who are your heroes musically and what have they meant to you personally and to the sound of your band?
-The foundation starts with composing the songs (by me). That defines the power of the song! Than it will be polished by Thierry with mélodies. Then the singing comes on top. Our Producer, RD Liapakis from Mystic Prophecy, does the rest. I don’t have any personal heroes (except maybe Ronnie James Dio and Rhandy Rhoads). There are so many great musicians that I respect, that I can’t name them all. But, for example, I like a lot the NWOBHM, the Bay Area thrash scene and a lot of German and US power metal bands.
When you play slow do you have to think differently arranging the music than if you play faster and vice versa?
-It depends on what song you are writing…never thought about that to be honest.
Will your music work in a live environment? What kind of stage environment would best suit your music; a big stage or a small club?
-Yes, off course it works in a live environment. The stage is the place to show what you’re Worth. We like to make a big show with something to see. When people come to our shows, they will remember it – it will be burned on their retina! A small club is ok, I like them a lot. When the music is good, it works even in a small club. But the problem is that you can’t make a big show.
It is very hard to be 100% satisfied. Everybody seems to be disappointed with something they have released. Is there something that you in hindsight would have done differently on this your latest recording?
-Not yet, if you ask me that in a year I can answer that!
Promotion can be a bitch. Even today with all different platforms it can be hard to reach out to all those that might be interested in your music? What alleys have you used to get people familiarized with your band?
-The internet is one of the biggest ways to reach your fans these days. But also the good old flyer and poster campaigns are very important. No promo is no audience…
To me art work can be the difference between bust or success. What to you is a great front cover? What should a cover have to make it great?
-It should be an eyecatcher, it should be something that you look at it for the 20th time and you still see new things… And it should make great posters…haha!
Do you feel that you are part of a national scene? Is a local/national scene important for the development of new bands?
-Don’t forget We’re from Belgium…you’re only getting real recognition when you’re playing in other countries. Once you made it over the borders, you maybe get respect in your own country…and I mean respect and recognition from the big organizers, the fans are great!
I could just be me but I got the feeling that the live scene is not what it used to be. Could be that more and more people use the net to discover bands instead of going out and supporting new bands live. What is you experience with the live scene?
-You’re absolutely right. A lot of people only go to the big bands and don’t visit clubs where they can discover new bands. But the “small” bands are not completely free of guilt themselves. When you play an underground festival, and you just come to play your own show, and don’t stay to support the other bands, how can you expect that the other bands would support you? The net is off course a very easy and comfortable way to find new stuff…
What does the future hold?
-A big releaseshow in November, and hopefully lots of shows in 2018…