Fatality are a 4 piece metal band from Essex. Playing a mixture of metal, nu-metal, and grunge style music. Drawing influence from many different styles including rap, metal, rock, and anything else that inspires them. Vocalist Josh Abbott took some time out to join the dots in our introduction to Fatality.
DGM: What are the origins of the band, and how long have you been playing together?
JA: Fatality was formed in 2016 by myself, Gareth, and ex-drummer Chris. 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.
In November 2019 we parted ways with drummer Chris and joined forces with Jordan Maze who now completes our current lineup. Since his recruitment, 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 the Summer of 2020.
DGM: How did you feel performing your first gig? And how was it?
JA: Our first show as a band was in October 2016 at the legendary Asylum venue in Chelmsford. As far as I can remember it was our EP launch show as we’d only just recruited our first bassist. I remember being absolutely pumped to play new music with a new band as it had been a couple of years since the previous band split up.
The gig went really well and we raised loads of money for a local charity which was so rewarding. The line-up was great and we had a blast.
DGM: What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe yourselves?
JA: I’d describe us as a mix between nu-metal, heavy metal, hip hop, and anything else we decide to throw into our music at the time. With high energy and a big sound!
DGM: The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent. In what ways do you feel a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
JA: They have to be better than anyone else. Find a way to stand out, whether that be musically, stage presence, likeable. Or be all of those things at once! Make yourself noticeable. Be loud and visible all the time. Make friends on the scene, and most of all make sure you’re having fun doing what you’re doing. If people see that you’re enjoying your craft, they’ll notice you more in my opinion.
DGM: What are you working on at the moment that people can check out?
JA: We always 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’ came out on October 5th, then ‘Indemnify’ and ‘Eight’ will be released over the next few months. The idea is that these and more tracks will form a 3rd EP or Album at the end of the year, ready for when live music is back.
Our most recent release, ‘Juggernaut’, is available on all streaming platforms, and we have a music video out which you can find on YouTube and Facebook. For those that want to check us out, you can catch us on Bandcamp, 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.
DGM: What band out there at the moment do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?
JA: Oh wow that’s a great question! With our new material, we would say (cautiously because we don’t want to come across big-headed), someone like Slipknot. I think our energies would complement each other. Musically the base of our new tracks is similar but diverse enough that our show would be a different experience and a great warm-up for the main event.
DGM: Who do you feel will be the next band to break out?
JA: That’s so hard to answer in the current climate. With live gigs not really taking place at the moment, it’s really difficult to pin down one act that’s going to take the world by storm. Come back to us when the festivals return and we’ll give you a definite answer haha!
DGM: What are your first musical memories? And what was the light bulb moment that made you go “I want to do that!”
JA: My first musical memory is being in the back seat of my parents’ car on the way to Wales, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers blasting out on the stereo. Either that or listening to Bon Jovi on my Sony Walkman in my bedroom.
The moment I realised I wanted to perform was when I was about 15/16 years old. I had a jam with a few of the musician kids at school and I realised I could sing. I knew then that this is what I wanted to do.
DGM: What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
JA: That would be Dingus Khan at the Colchester Arts Centre in February 2020. Alternative/Punk shows are literally the most fun shows ever!
DGM: What is the album that you have in your collection or Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
JA: Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Thru This… please don’t judge me. I really like that album. I’ve had it since 2002 when it came out and I occasionally break it out for a long journey. Do I still know the lyrics… maybe!
DGM: What are your plans for the remainder of 2020?
JA: 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 tours. As soon as we’re allowed to perform indoors or at outdoor venues or festivals, we will be tirelessly booking and performing at shows again.
At the moment we’re 100% just going to keep doing what we enjoy doing. Writing tunes that we all enjoy playing, performing passionately for our audiences, and having a damn good go at smashing through any and all glass ceilings that come before us.
DGM: How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
JA: We’re pretty active on socials. Posting a lot, keeping diaries, and interacting with our audiences. If people want to get involved they can find us on the following links: Facebook Instagram Bandcamp Official Website