Fatality's Josh Talks of New Music, EP Releases and More!

Barely formed just last year in 2019, the band known as FATALITY takes on the nu-metal genre to create their own styling that stands out above all the rest. Since formation, they have released an EP or two, with touring to follow. Plus all new music in the works currently, frontman vocalist Josh Abbott goes into talks about all of this and more!

1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Fatality was formed in 2016 by Josh Abbott (vocals), Gareth Brimley (guitar) and ex-drummer Chris Batson with our first EP being released in the same year. We performed at Asylum, a legendary Chelmsford venue for the release and raised £200 for the SNAP charity from merch and CD sales. In 2017 we recruited bassist Matt Shynn and subsequently recorded our second EP which we released in 2019. We did a small tour of the ‘Prey’ EP in aid of MIND and raised over £500 this time. In November 2019 we parted ways with drummer Chris and joined forces with Jordan Maze who now completes our current lineup. Since his recruitment in late 2019 we’ve written and performed a new set of tracks with Jordan as well as some Fatality originals. We played our first show with Jordan on a live stream in Summer 2020.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

We’re all huge video game fans so when it came to trying to come up with a name we were coincidentally playing one of the all time greatest games ever Mortal Kombat. One of us won a fight and when the words ‘FATALITY’ flashed up on the screen in blood I said “That would make a good band name” and it stuck!

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

We’re based in Chelmsford, Essex and we all come from there and the surrounding towns. The Essex music scene is very hit and miss in all honesty. We’ve played some really busy shows and, in our earlier days, some not so busy shows. That being said the music scene in Essex just before the lock down was in the middle of a resurgence. With the return of the Essex Metal 2 The Masses Bloodstock competition, things in the grassroots scene have been really picking up.

In regards to local bands we’ve worked with there’s loads of really good bands in Essex. If I were to name some I would be running the risk of missing some names out so I apologize in advance for that. The ones we’ve worked with recently would be bands like Unit 33, Walk In Coma, Bearfist, FyreSky, Beneath The Embers, Spidervayne, Gallow Wood, Mr Happy Chainsaw, Counties. There’s so many more amazing bands in the local scene that I could name but there just isn’t enough space on a page!

4. How would you describe your style?

I’d say that we take influences from Nu-Metal, Metalcore, Heavy Metal and Hip-Hop, throw it all together and add a bit of groove in there. Then imagine the energy of a thousand suns packed into a small tupper ware box. That would be the best way I can describe what we do. To form your own opinion you’d have to listen to our material.

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

We have self-titled a 3 track EP released in 2016, the ‘Prey’ EP (7 tracks) that was released in 2019 and 2 singles, Put ‘em up LIVE and Juggernaut (accompanied by a music video), that were released this year with our current lineup. With more to come in the next few months. When listening to our music you can expect crunchy guitars, popping bass lines and an all out attack on the drums, all topped off by a hard hitting, powerful vocal.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

We definitely have new music in the works. We have a few tracks that are ready to be released and a load of new material that we’re constantly working on and refining. ’The Lesson’, ‘Indemnify’ and ‘Eight’ will be released over the next few months with the idea that we will accumulate these and more tracks into a 3rd EP/Album at the end of the year ready for when live music is back.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Well, at the moment we’re unable to play unless there’s a completely reduced capacity which isn’t what we’re all about so the simple answer is no. As soon as we’re allowed to perform in indoor venues/outdoor venues or at festivals then we will be tirelessly booking and performing at shows again.

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Keep doing what we enjoy doing. Writing tunes that we all enjoy to play, performing passionately for our audiences and having a damn good go at smashing through all and any glass ceilings that come before us.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can catch us on Bandacamp, Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer as well as YouTube and as far as I’m aware, pretty much any streaming company out there! Just search Fatality Band UK and you’ll find us.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

Simple. We’d like any first time listener to remember a sense of enjoyment and connection. That’s what music is all about to us so we want to share that feeling with anyone and everyone.


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