Monday, March 31, 2014

Interview with Fraktions!

Genre(s): Progressive Metalcore
Location: Southampton, UK

PSAB: Why did you choose the name "Fraktions" for your band?

FT: When we started out about a year and a half ago, we used to be called 'Talllon' but the 3 'l's caused a lot of confusion with the pronunciation so we decided to change it. After a lot of brainstorming we agreed to rename ourselves FRAKTIONS to fit the increasingly technical material we are currently working on. It also ticks the one word plural box which we like the sound of.

PSAB: How was the feedback for your moderately new EP Momentum?

FT: It's been really positive. After slaving over it for months we're delighted with the final product, especially the production. It was produced by Richard Gibson who did a fantastic job considering the small time frame we gave him. We're waiting on a couple of reviews at the moment so keep an eye out for them.

PSAB: If you had the choice to sign to any label, which label would that be and why?

FT: That's a tough one! I guess Basick Records because they have a stunningly progressive roster and we'd love to be on a British Metal label that really values musicianship, creativity and groove. The idea of playing gigs with bands like Skyharbor, Uneven Structure and No Consequence tingles our djentacles! To sign to Sumerian Records or Subliminal Groove Records would also be awesome.

PSAB: How is the local metal scene in Southampton, UK?

FT: It's pretty good for a the size of the city. Advanced Promotions always seem to pull big metal acts to Southampton. Recently we've had lots of successful modern metal acts such as Thy Art Is Murder, Heart of a Coward, Architects, Northlane and Stray From The Path all play here. Born of Osiris are coming to Southampton soon as well. There's a few venues that are happy to put on metal nights every now and again such as Joiners, Talking Heads and Avondale House. Last year we were able to support Circles (Basick Records) on the album release show of their UK tour in Southampton which was incredible. However generally speaking, it is tough to get noticed and on some of the bigger bills with the internationally touring metal bands unless you have management or a label.

PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?

FT: When I created the band, my main aim was to combine the impact of techy metalcore riffs with progressive elements and the djent riffing style. So basically a fusion of August Burns Red, Misery Signals and Architects with bands like Periphery, Monuments and TesseracT with a hint of the ambient alternative metal of Deftones. Another huge influence on my writing style are Between the Buried and Me. The way they effortlessly switch genres is something I wanted to incorporate into our music. We have a cheeky jazzy/swing section in the middle of our song 'Parachutes Are Overrated' which is inspired by BTBAM's 'Prequel to the Sequel' off 'Colors'. (5:15)

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers out there?

FT: I'd like to give a shout out to our friends in 'A Formal Horse' and 'Ariyah' two awesome bands who supported us at our EP launch gig on the 23rd Feb. I'd also like to thank everyone that's supported us so far and especially to those people who have bought an EP! To anyone who hasn't heard of us before if you like the sound of it you can listen to our EP for free here: Cheers for the interview Micah.

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