Interviews: Fake Figures



In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the Rock band Fake Figures from USA. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?  


I believe our singer Rus Martin (formerly of Hotwire/Eyelid) came up with the band name randomly. From what I've experienced naming a band can be kind of a chore and always seems like an exciting thing at first, but these days you're just crossing your fingers hoping somebody else hasn't already taken it. From what I remember, we had a list of names we didn't think sucked going, and chose the best one that worked for us. 


2.Why did you want to play this genre? 


I don't think there was an agenda to play this kind of punk/hardcore/rock, as it just came out that way when we were putting ideas together. It's pretty cool how things come together sometimes, and our sound has really evolved naturally from there. By default we were fans of a lot of late 90's type bands, and I'm sure that rubbed off pretty heavily on the ideas we had going.


3. Did you know each other before the band was formed? 


Yeah, I knew Travis (guitarist of Atreyu) before from my other band Scars of Tomorrow and when we put the band together reached out to Rus online to see if he would be interested. We were fans of his old band Hotwire and thought he'd be a great fit for the type of music we were first writing. Our drummer Steve I've always known through the network and many years ago would randomly end up at his house parties and figured out he was an awesome drummer as well. 


4. Each band member favourite band? 


I'll have to send them notes and get back to you on that, hah! I know my favorite since a young age has been Deftones, and I've been following their music ever since. Clearly that band is popular with a lot of metal/hardcore kids as well, and their influence rubs off on so many bands out there whether they know it or not. 


5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 


Lyrically I know that's something very personal to Rus, and I'm sure that varies from song to song. For the instrumental side of the band, it's really just committing to blocking out time to track ideas in your head even though sometimes you don't feel like it or have the time. I think in past bands I would write for emotional reasons and it was almost therapeutic in a way, but these days it's really just a fun way to be creative with your friends. 


6. Where was your last gig? 


We just did a few shows in early May with Will Haven, who is a band we've looked up to for a long time. Those guys are some of the best people and we were really stoked to have them pick us to support their West Coast dates. 


7. Where would you like to act? 


It would be awesome to do some of these huge European, American and other regions' festivals where other rock and alternative type groups play. Having that built in audience would be a great way to get our music out there just a little bit faster haha. 


8. Whom would you like to feature with? 


I'd personally be excited to have Rock Sound or Kerrang! do a writeup on Fake Figures. 

9. Whom not? 

I don't believe in bad press. Well, unless you did something REALLY bad etc.


10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? 


Of course, I still get nervous to this day and that's perfectly normal. I think it gets easier the more shows you play, knowing your songs, set and feeling the dynamic between all the band members makes the experience so much better. It gets to a point where you can almost improvise anything between band members since you know them and the set so well.


11. What bands have inspired you the most? 


As a musician I think bands like Deftones, Quicksand, Far, Will Haven really had the most impact on me when I first picked up a bass. 

12. What do you think of your fans? 

I always appreciate anyone who takes the time to listen to and care about our music (or anyone's really). There's so much great music out there, so if we can make it through the noise and make it on to someone's playlist then that's amazing. 

13. What do you think of our site?

I think it's great, I see a lot of new bands I've never heard of and it's important to give up and coming bands press so they can be discovered. I saw obviously some other groups that have been around for a while making some buzz, and really liked that you also covered the new Taken release. That band is very important and from our area, and it's great to see a lot of our musical peers still doing their thing. 

14. Something to add?

Thanks for taking the time to interview me and Fake Figures. We have a new single called "Hole In The Sky" that recently came out, and we hope you can check it out online. Spotify - https://spoti.fi/2syZDkg Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/fakefigures/
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