Those who dismissed grindcore are not only shocked at their claims, but surprised to see the genre growing and spreading out all over the globe. From its original home in Birmingham to the main stages of festivals across the globe, it is clear that grind is on the mind! In 2016 I spoke to the grindcore band F.A.M about the band’s origins, grindcore, supporting their heroes and their future plans.
Jack: Hi guys, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. How are you?
F.A.M: Hi, we’re doing great, thanks. We’ve just finished our series of concerts promoting “Human Cargo” album, and we can’t wait to go back on stage again!
Jack: F.A.M was founded by ex-members of Dissenter, did you initially feel pressure to live up to that band?
F.A.M: The first F.A.M songs were created during Dissenter rehearsing. There was no pressure at that time, everything went natural and spontaneous. We just wanted to exploit our ideas and riffs which didn’t fit to Dissenter style.
Jack: What bands made you a fan of grindcore?
F.A.M: We listen to the different types of music, even non-metal genres. But we all are fans of grindcore bands like – Terrorizer, Carcass, Nasum, Rotten Sound, Dead Infection etc.
Jack: Are Napalm Death and early-Carcass the main influences or are there other bands?
F.A.M: Well, obviously you can find some Napalm Death and Carcass influences in our music, but also bands like Terrorizer or Rotten Sound had an impact on our music. However we’re not the 100% pure grindcore band – there is a lot of death metal stuff in our songs. We’re trying to combine these two genres and add something that is unique for F.A.M style.
Jack: Why has grindcore survived as a genre?
F.A.M: Maybe because grindcore is still in the underground? There is no real money in the grindcore “industry” and people listen to it because they love it. The grindcore community isn’t too big but it is very active, there is a lot of DIY gigs every weekend all over Europe. Also we have a lot of dedicated grindcore festivals and even on big metal fests, you can find some grindcore bands playing.
Jack: Poland is known for its death metal and black metal but not so much for its grindcore, what is the grind scene like in Poland?
F.A.M: It is not as big like as the other parts of Europe, but we have a couple of valuable grindcore bands like Dead Infection, Antigama, Nuclear Vomit or Parricide. The scene in Poland is getting bigger, and we notice increasing interest in grindcore music. Hard to say whether is good or bad heheh. Anyway, it is still an unpopular genre.
Jack: You’ve just released your latest album Human Cargo on Deformeathing Productions, are you happy with the response?
F.A.M: We’re happy about deal we’ve made with Wojtek from Deformeathing Productions. He has been in the industry for so long and he understands our expectations. He did a good job with the promotion for Human Cargo album. The response to the album is very good so far. Can’t wait to play the new songs live!
Jack: What was the recording process like?
F.A.M: Well, it took us longer than we expected due to some personal changes in the band, but finally we made it. Once again we chose Panzer Studio to record “Human Cargo”. Michał Grabowski took care of mixing and mastering and he did a great job. We really like the sound on this album.
Jack: What inspired the title Human Cargo?
F.A.M: It was inspired by a recent event, when the pilot of one of the German airlines decided to commit suicide, crashing airplane he was piloting with 150 passengers on board. Nobody survived.
Jack: Junkie has been made into a video, why did you pick Junkie?
F.A.M: We like this song, and it is first on the track list. We thought it would be a good album teaser. Recently we released the second video for track “X”, also directed by Daria and Rafal from DR Silesia.
Jack: What is the song about?
F.A.M: As title indicates, this song is about drugs and all this shit. You can feel like a god for a while but eventually you end up in the gutter. Drug addiction destroys everything you dreamed about.
Jack: You recently played the Dark Fest with Primordial, how did that go?
F.A.M: The sun was shining strongly, and it was hot as hell. But the show was amazing and we were warmly received by Dark Fest fans. Finally we now have a promising metal music festival in our country. We wish them all the best, and we’re looking forward to the next edition of this festival.
Jack: Your album Panzergrind is 10 years old, do you have fond memories of making this album?
F.A.M: Yes, it is more than 10 years since we released our first EP “Panzergrind” – time flies when you’re having fun. Do we have any fond memories? Well… yes, we were super excited about making this album, because it was something new and fresh for us. We wanted to try something different from what we used to play in Dissenter.
Jack: What was it like supporting Napalm Death?
F.A.M: We’re proud we could play with these guys. They’re a living legend in grindcore and metal scene. We felt a lot of pressure before that gig, but everything went smoothly and well. Total madness.
Jack: What are your upcoming plans, any chance of you coming over to the UK?
F.A.M: We’re now focused on promoting our recent album. We have a couple of gigs booked for this year, and we planning to play a series of shows at the beginning of 2017. Besides that we have some plans for summer festivals, but I can’t say anything more about that at this moment. All I can say is that we would like to play on the next edition of Obscene Extreme Festival. We’re open for all gig offers and it would be great to play in the UK, because we’ve never played there. We’re also going to release at least one EP/Split in 2017.
Jack: Finally, what is the best Napalm Death release?
F.A.M: Scum is absolute number one in the Napalm Death discography. But Harmony Corruption and Time Waits for No Slave are great as well.