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Fuck the Facts

Canada’s hard working grindcore outfit Fuck the Facts are back with a brand new album, Desire Will Rot. After tearing through it late one night, I was given the chance to shoot some interview questions over to one of the important modern acts within the style. Check out what guitarist Topon Das had to say below.

What was the writing process like for this release given that you didn’t have those other efforts to contribute to? Did the band try anything new, or was it all business as usual?

Topon:
It’s always business as usual, but trying new things is also business as usual. Really everyone in the band writes, so we never have a shortage of ideas, songs, and riffs. We sort through it all and the stuff that jumps out at us is what we start to work on. It can be a pretty crazy process and a lot of songs/ideas will eventually just disappear or morph into something completely different over time, but in the end it always works out. We’ve been doing it so long, that it’s really second nature now. I’m actually surprised how quickly things can come together at this point.

I love how Desire Will Rot all essentially comes together as if one extensive track. Why did the band decide to keep the pace moving and limiting the amount of silence between songs as opposed to a collection of random compositions on one album?

Topon:
That’s really how we always make albums (and even EP, splits, etc…) I love albums that flow and feel like one piece, and for me it’s just as important that the album works together as a solid unit, as the songs that are on the record. We end up releasing EPs or bonus tracks, but sometimes we end up taking some tracks off the album, not because we don’t like the songs, but because they don’t work with the flow of the record.

Towards the end of the album, you guys leave behind the traditional grindcore and hardcore elements for the sake of something far more sinister and unsetteling. Was there a specific reason for this, such as establishing Desire Will Rot as more of a conceptual or experimental album?

Topon:
It’s an experimental album, but we’re also an experimental band. We have some pretty standard and traditional influences, but Fuck The Facts has always been about experimental with new ideas and expanding on what we do. The flow of the album is influenced a bit by Black Flag’s “My War”. I wanted a side A that was more punishing and in your face and a side B that slowed things down and got weirder. The song “Circle” is also influenced by Mr. Bungle’s “The Bends”.

Fuck the Facts used to unleash a lot of split and other miscellaneuous releases between albums, but it’s been fairly quite lately leading up to Desire Will Rot, Why is that (if you don’t mind my asking)?

Topon:
Actually leading up to this album we released a split with Fistfuck in May of 2015 and a 3 song EP called “Abandoned” in October 2014. We had all these recordings stock piled and it really took us a year off the road to finally get it done. We now finally have a clean slate, so I’m excited to start working on the next album once we’re done all the touring for this one.

So how is Noise Salvation working for the band? Has there been any discrepencies since it was formed, or interest in reaching out to other bands to add to the label’s ranks?

Topon:
Releasing our own records is really nothing new, we just decided to give it a name. The idea of working with other bands has crossed my mind, but I doubt I’ll ever have the time or energy to invest into something like that. Most likely Noise Salvation will always just be a label to release FTF records and perhaps a few related projects.

I also see that Desire Will Rot was number one on what I assume to the CMJ loud charts. Congrats on that! That’s a hefty accomplishment given the indie nature of Noise Salvation and the band handling the album in a DIY manner. What was the reaction like when all heard the news?

Topon:
We’re at week 4 at #1 right now, and yes, it feels good. For me it just means that people like what we do, so they’re playing our records and that means a lot to us. Getting this record out on our own was a lot of work and seeing that people are enjoying it, is the biggest accomplishment.

After experiencing such a feat first hand, would you say that we as a society in the metal world are finding labels in general to be a bit on the redundant side, especially with sites like Bandcamp out there now? Or do you feel labels like Metal Blade, Nuclear Blast, or even Relapse Records still have a place for metal bands today?

Topon:
I still think that labels play an important role, and honestly, if a label would have wanted to put out our record, we would have done it that way. We put out 3 records on Relapse Records and just from that there’s a lot of people that know the band that wouldn’t of checked us out otherwise, so I’m very grateful for that, and if Release would have wanted to put out Desire Will Rot, would have been happy to still be on the label. We actually wrote and reached out to a few labels that we would have been interested in working with but got zero to little interest. It was definitely a bit disappointing to see that no one wanted to take a chance on us anymore, but being able to do it ourselves, and do it successfully, has definitely softened that blow.

I read that Desire Will Rot is available on vinyl, CD, and cassette. While we’re aware of the resurgence of vinyl, there’s a huge divide with cassette format. Some like myself love the medium, but others you can’t even give a brand new release to them. What are your thoughts on this? Do you see tape growing more successful, or is it something that is having a rough comeback?

Topon:
I see the tape more as a novelty than anything, but people do seem to enjoy it and we sell them, so that’s why we make them. They’re not too expensive to make either and we only do 100 copies, so it’s really not a huge hassle. They come with a download code, so people can still have it digitally, but I also do make sure that the tapes sound good. I’ve gotten a few tapes in the past and they were dubbed horribly, so I want to be sure that it’ll sound good for the few people that will actually listen to the tapes.

A bit off topic, but if you could own, or even release on Noise Salvation, any specific albums on vinyl or cassette that never got such a printing, which one(s) do you think deserve it enough for you to pursue owning a physical copy of in which format?

Topon:
I would love to release Cemetery’s “Godless Beauty” on vinyl. I fucking love that album, and I don’t think it was actually ever released on vinyl, which is crazy.

Fuck the Facts recently finished up the Obscene Extreme fest. I read that this is the last to support Desire Will Rot. Are you guys done with touring duties all together for the album, as in the next run will be to support something else, or are future shows just going to be random one-off performances?

Topon:
Obscene Extreme was just a festival in Montreal. It was just one show. We’re actually on tour right now in the Northern US and Western Canada. In October we’ll be touring Eastern Canada, and in November & December we’ll be doing a full US tour, which will be followed by a European tour in March. We’re really touring as much as we possibly can for this new album and doing a few one off and weekend shows in between.

So, what is next for Fuck the Facts? What does the future hold, such as if the next release will be a full-length, or will we see some EPs or split contributions for a little while?

Topon:
Like I just mentioned, we’re touring as much as we can for this new record until the spring and then it’ll be back to writing a new record. I know we don’t really want to do as many splits and Eps anyway, and much rather just focus on full-length albums, so it might be a while before you hear a new release from us again, but it’ll be a shorter gap in-between albums.

Thank you for your time, and all the best with the North America tour and release of Desire Will Rot. Take care!

Topon:
Cheers and thanks for your support!


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Interview conducted thanks to Asher Media Relations.