Escape The Fate are arguably one of the finest Post-Hardcore / Metalcore groups to have ever emerged from the States. Despite their past issues with a certain you know who, they're roaring on all fours with their latest effort "I Am Human" which pays homage to the band's founding sound that made them who they are. Dropping their single 'Empire' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bC4cxajy4V4&feature=youtu.be) in support of the new album, the Nevada boys take no prisoners with their new material, and are set on pushing onwards and forwards as the release date of 30th March beckons (originally 16th February). Kevin "Thrasher" Gruft fills Global Mainstream Arts in with the details.
"It's getting harder to define artists and genres as everything seems to be a big melting pot in music"
You released your latest single 'Empire' in late 2017, what was the reception like? Did you do anything different to previous singles?
"We had a mixed reception from fans originally regarding the song "Empire". For whatever reason some of the older ETF fans were shocked by us having a rock party anthemic song. But eventually I think the same people that reacted negatively eventually started really digging the song. In the past ETF would release the heaviest sounding track first. But this time we wanted to change everything up and release a more unique song first. I had a lot of fun writing this song after a late night of partying in Hollywood completely hungover lol. I barely wanted to go into the studio, but I did anyway. Sometimes the best songs come from the days you just show up. "
Speaking of which you must be stoked to release album #6 "I Am Human"? What can fans expect from Escape The Fate on this album?
"Yes. I am extremely stoked to be releasing album #6 "I Am Human"! I think the fans can expect a complete album that you can really play from beginning to end. This album will be the soundtrack to your life, as a lot of the material comes directly from ours. The guitar solos are some of my favourite leads I have ever recorded to tape and I'm extremely proud of the songwriting and production."
What was it like working with Grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson?
"It was really cool to be able to use some of the gear at his studio. Howard has a great sounding vintage Neve console that we ran the guitars though as well as a huge selection of amps and cabs. I think what I learned most is to follow my gut and instinct."
Escape The Fate have been referred to as an Emo band, what are your thoughts on said label and do you feel the Emo subculture has died down?
"I think labels are out there for people to more easily define things. I've referred in a joking manner to our band as an emo, pop-punk band, with epic guitar solos. It's getting harder to define artists and genres as everything seems to be a big melting pot in music. You can take a Rock / Metal record like ours and have total Hip-Hop influences, or cinematic productions. I feel like the Emo subculture is actually seeing a resurgence, especially with the younger fans."
For metal/rock fans visiting Las Vegas and Nevada overall, what attractions, sights should they go, see and experience?
"You have to go to the Hard Rock Hotel for sure! You might be able to catch ETF playing in fact. It's basically a casino resort with a rock n roll museum in the lobby. Also you should go to Robert's house haha.. he is the only member of the band currently living in Vegas."
You've just finished your UK tour, were there any surprises for the fans? How would you describe your live shows?
"We just finished the UK tour and it was incredible. The live shows were packed with so much energy. The connection we have with our fans is real and anyone that's ever been to an ETF concert will tell you. We did do a My Chemical Romance cover of 'Dead!' which I think was a fun surprise for fans to hear!"
After your UK tour, what countries will you be playing in? Are there any new countries on your schedule?
"Our next tour is with Papa Roach though-out the USA, after that we are planning Australia and hope to go everywhere else!"
As a band are you surprised about metal's global spread? What are your thoughts on metal music emerging from Africa?
"I haven't personally checked out many metal bands from Africa, but as soon as I finish this interview I will be GOOGLING them all. I'm not really surprised by Metal's global spread as we have been throughout the world meeting with all the fans. I'm stoked that the culture is alive and prospering."
Aside from your album release and relentless touring, what other 2018 plans do you have in the pipeline?
"Aside from our album release and relentless touring, we are planning to shoot some epic music videos and release a ton of content! We are going to write even more music and you can check out my Thrasher Guitar Academy to learn the songs on the record. www.patreon.com/thrasherguitaracademy"
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