For those of you who missed it, Break Fate released their brilliant album, Ferocity, at the beginning of May (Check out our review). Here at Mind Noise Network we wanted to know more about the release, about being in a band during this global pandemic, and about what the future has in store for Break Fate. So our writer Kevin interviewed fantastic lead vocalist, Mashana, to find out just those things. Check it out!
How are you doing? It’s been a pretty crazy time in the world recently, but at the start of May you released your album Ferocity.
We are doing great! We’ve been keeping our heads down and staying indoors like everyone else. Thankfully this album has kept us busy. We’ve been spending each day trying to get it in front of as many people as possible so that’s been fun too!
What’s the response been like to the release?
It’s been so awesome! We’ve been getting messages from people who’ve listened to it saying how much they enjoyed it and also telling us what their favourite songs are. We’re overwhelmed and grateful with the positive reception! Word of its release is slowly spreading.
How have you been keeping yourself occupied during lockdown? I’m not sure it’s physically possible to play any more Fifa 20 than I am already.
Yeah, I have the same feeling towards Netflix. I thought now would be a great time to catch up on shows but after hours of binging, your brain goes numb! We’ve mainly been plugging the album, creating promos, animations, pitching songs to playlists etc. We create all the content so we pretty much have our hands full between the band and our other jobs. Personally, when we’re not doing band stuff, I’ve been meditating, reading and trying to take up some online courses. I figure now is a good time to level up my skill set.
Ferocity has a ‘coming-of-age’ theme that seems to underpin the release. Was that a conscious decision or did the songs you write seem to naturally take that approach?
I think what manifested the coming of age theme was the context and environment that the songs were written in. All three of us had just graduated from university and we were trying to figure out our place in the world, and who we were as people. These emotions are what influenced our writing. However, we didn’t know exactly what we were trying to say until we had a good collection of songs that we put together. We then discovered that we were writing a coming of age album. On top of that, we were writing an album about facing the waves of life, recovering from heartbreak, hitting rock bottom and then picking yourself up to fight another day. It’s a plethora of themes and I think the theme you find in the album depends on who you are as a listener and how the album speaks to you.
Do you have a favourite track from the album? Personally, since reviewing the album I can’t get enough of ‘Ender’!
That is so sick! ‘Ender’ is our favourite as well! The ending of that song always makes us so emotional. I will say, however, that our “favourite” song changes from day to day. Today, we’ll be feeling ‘Fire’, tomorrow ‘Miraculous’, the day after that could be ‘Blackout’, but the one I can’t seem to get enough of, so much so that I have had it on repeat since we recorded it last year in August is… ‘Fog’. That song gives me so much positive energy and hope! I want more people to listen to it because we wrote that song for times like these.
Who would you say your biggest musical influences are?
Hmmm, there are so many. As a band, I would say bands like Knuckle Puck, The Story So Far and Tiny Moving Parts. These bands are the reason why we came together as a band, but then again, we all have different influences that we take from and then pour into our songwriting. Personally, I’m influenced by bands such as Touché Amoré, Say Anything, and Angels and Airwaves. Ricky (guitarist) is influenced by Deaf Havana, Twin Atlantic and Frank Turner. Oliver (our drummer) is influenced by Bring Me The Horizon, Led Zeppelin and Avenged Sevenfold. There are more bands I could name drop but we’ll leave it there!
What’s the best thing about being in a band and what’s the worst thing? No judgement here. We promise.
Best thing? Hmmm, I guess it’s the songwriting and recording process. We have so much fun in creating and recording these songs, and they always tend to surprise us. It’s also crazy that a song you wrote on a train commuting to work is being sung by someone in a different country. That is wild. The worst thing about being in a band? I don’t know. It’s all very rewarding because you give so much and you learn so much from it, but I guess the worst thing would be the struggle of trying to get your music out there. Sometimes you have good days where everything is going great and other days are the complete opposite filled with exhaustion, setbacks and self doubt, but we believe in what we are doing so that keeps us going.
What’s the plan moving forward for Break Fate?
Well, I think, we’ll keep plugging the album and riding the marketing train but after the lockdown is lifted, we want to go on a tour for the album. Potentially take it around the country but who knows? Things are a little uncertain at the moment so we’ll wait and see how things play out.
For those who haven’t listened to Break Fate before, why should they check your new album Ferocity out?
To those people, I would say this: if you are searching for songs that will give you hope or songs that will take you on an emotional journey and energise you, then search no more. Give the album a chance and let it speak to you. I can tell you how great it is or how much hard work we’ve put into it, but I won’t. I’ll let the music do the talking because it has a lot to say.
Check out the video below for a full play-through of Break Fate‘s Ferocity, with accompanying visuals for each track.