Interview with Fubar
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
A. I was first attracted to live music through my parents who both used to play pro. Considering my drug addled history I'd be surprised if I were still alive without music.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
A. I’m a sound engineer for my day job(Jake) and I love playing computer games. It's tough to exactly pin down how this would affect me but quite a lot of my subject matter is about loneliness and isolation from society,
How long has your band been around?
A. We’ve only been a band for about a year. In that time we’ve done a load of great shows and have released two records. We can't wait for this year as we have loads more exciting content on the way!
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
A. We’re all Bristol born and bred. You can clearly hear our local influences in our writing. Although it's frowned upon for people like us to do reggae we don't shy away from the genres that make Bristol such a cool city to live in. Growing up with bands like Portishead and Represent being local heroes has given me a deep appreciation for the trippy side of music and you can definitely hear that in our softer parts.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
A. The name was originally just a word that my friendship group would throw around. It basically means that shit has hit the fan. Quite fitting considering our music is basically just me having a mental breakdown in audio form. We only recently learned about the military use but if anything that just makes me love the name even more!
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
A. Our last EP launch was absolutely wild! We managed to sell out and the crowd were one of the best we’ve had. We haven't been expecting the support we've gotten and we really appreciate it. It’s been a really fun ride so far!
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
A. We love The Thunderbolt in Bristol as its become a bit of a homeground venue for us. The owner sorts us right out with free rehearsals there when we need i, So we’re eternally grateful for the support that they’ve given us.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
A. I’d love to support PIXIES but I have a strong suspicion that they would make us sound like complete amateurs. If i'm honest we just love playing live shows regardless of who we’re supporting. Some of the best shows we’ve played have been with bands you’ll never hear of!
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
A. There's no such thing as talent, it's all about repetitive practice and stepping outside of your comfort zone. If you're getting in music to get laid, get drugs or just generally party then you should probably consider not doing it at all. It’s the most competitive industry in the world and we have zero employment regulations. It truly is a meritocracy and if you’re not into the music then neither will anyone else be.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
A. Stay off the drugs and concentrate on the tunes!
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
A. We haven't released it yet and probably won't for at least another 6 months but our song Trust Me is incredibly personal. I’m really looking forward to releasing this one as it's much more in a pink floydesque style. We even have a part 2 planned out. Its a typical sad breakup song but it comes right from my heart.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
A. FunDay is without a doubt our live banger atm, we love the middle trashy section, it always gets the crowd jumping. Our most requested is probably TOXIC.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
A. I (Jake) will write most of the lyrics and come up with basic structures and then I will bring it to the guys who turn them into proper songs. We’re all on an equal split as I truly don't believe that just writing some chords and lyrics constitutes a whole song. They're practically unrecognizable once the boys boring their parts to the table.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
A. It's okay to be weird! The general theme I'm trying to get across is that being human isn't something to be afraid of. Lots of people will try and make you feel bad about your sexuality or your lifestyle choices. But these things belong to you! Don't let the majority ruin your vibe!
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
A. Yeah we might disagree about song parts and stuff like this, we’re all fairly left wing and believe in human rights so politics isn't ever an issue. If we ever do have a disagreement it gets settled through a vote.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
A. Right now we are knee deep in the recording process. Our next EP comes out on the 30th of April. It’s gonna be four tracks and it's a lot rockier / heavier than our previous content. We’ve got an EP party at The Louisiana on the same date. Our next show is gonna be at The Exchange Bristol on the 15th and we’re also playing Tiny Rebel in Cardiff on the 24th!