London newcomers Break Fate have honed a warm and engaging sound that effortlessly jumps between moments of mellow melancholy and hard-hitting rock.
The band released two singles in 2018, before bringing a drummer on board and working on their debut album Ferocity, which was released on Friday (1 May). The trio describe the album as “An album built by three dudes trying to give hope to a hopeless world. Packed with themes of growing up, self doubt, heartbreak and a dash of existential crisis.”
From the album, the band sent us Fog, which starts out with lively fast-paced vocals and guitars then drops into drawn-out guitar chords and more laid-back vocals “I know it’s hard for some of you to see, I’ve only just began to find my feet, I was pushed out, I wasn’t born ready, For a life that would be so unsteady.”
The fast-paced vocals dive back in for the engaging chorus, and feed straight into a more intense second verse, then deeper vocals before it builds up to a big lively ending. Give it a listen below:
Also from the album is the superb Fire, which opens up with atmospheric guitars and drawn-out layered vocals. Mashana’s engaging vocals take over as the guitars and rolling drums continue, then the drawn-out vocals return briefly.
That flows into a chorus of big high-pitched vocals “Holding onto hope and everything you believe in, Drains all of your energy and leaves you weakened, Fire won’t last forever to light your future endeavours But don’t be afraid of the dark, We are all in this together.”
It builds in intensity throughout the chorus with the drums and guitars gradually getting faster. And that drops into big intense guitars and drums to bring the track to a close. Check it out in the video below:
The album is packed with engaging rock tracks, including the delicate yet hard-hitting Blackout, which starts out slowly but builds into a big singalong track, and the delicious Hang and Miraculous.
We had a chat with lead vocalist Mashana to find out more. Read on below…
GR: Who are Break Fate?
Mashana: “The band started as an idea between Ricky and I in our 3rd year of Uni back in 2017. Rick and I knew each other but we didn’t call each friends back then. That was until we were put in the group tasked with completing a final year project. During this time working together, we became very good friends and we discovered that we were IN LOVE with the same band: Knuckle Puck.
“Our adoration for this band and their Copacetic record made us toy around with the idea of jamming together once we had finished our final year project. Then, life happened. We graduated, moved back to our homes and we got jobs and responsibilities. You know, normal post grad stuff. A couple months into my job, I started to feel like I was stuck and that I hadn’t figured out where I wanted my life to go.
“I felt the urge to put those complex emotions into words and so I did. Then I figured some of them were pretty good (they were not) and thought to myself, now might be a good time to start that band that Ricky and I had spoken about months prior. So I hit Ricky up, told him about the songs and sent a couple. He was impressed and we decided to meet to talk it through.
“We met at a Cafe Nero next to Euston station and we stayed there for hours breaking down our vision for what kind of music we wanted to create and also what we wanted to write about. Fast forward to a couple months later, we recorded our first single called Miraculous. That song attracted the attention of our drummer Oliver who slid into our DMs and asked to audition. We met up, heard him play and just like, he was part of the band. We’ve gone on to release 3 more singles after that and record a full length LP.”
GR: You’re releasing your debut album on Friday! And what should they be expecting from the album?
Mashana: “We are over the moon and just elated! We can’t wait for them to take in the album. We were nervous for people to hear it at first but we had an album stream last week and around 200 people tuned in, listened and loved it!
“For people who haven’t heard it, expect an album packed with themes of hope, heart break, growing up and a dash of existentialism.”
GR: Sounds great! How did you find the experience of creating your debut album?
Mashana: “The whole process was so creatively challenging and rewarding. Ricky and I are not musically trained. The only person in the band that has a musical background is our drummer Oliver. So the biggest challenge was trying to figure out what we as a band were trying to say and what we believed in. This then permeated itself into what kind of music we wanted to write.
“We all agreed that we wanted to create bright songs that would give hope to anyone that listened. Everything else came pretty easily and we had a process figured. We wrote our lyrics mostly on trains when going
into work. We would then text the lyrics to each other. Days later, Ricky would come up with a guitar melody and I would come up with a vocal melody and then the whole band would meet for a writing session. There, we would bring those elements together to see where the song would go and then the next step would be to head to the studio and record with our producer Takahide George.
“This is where things would get very interesting because we would experiment a lot. In a way, we were trying to figure out our sound with each song we recorded. Experimenting was the most exciting part of the recording process because it led to new avenues.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
Mashana: “We would describe our sound as epic, life affirming and hard hitting.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
Mashana: “We normally draw on personal experiences and the raw emotions we are feeling at the time. This means that we don’t have a specific theme or topic that we are aiming to write about. But, I can say that we try and inject some hope in our music.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
Mashana: “Trash Boat, Knuckle Puck, The Story So Far, Deaf Havana, Touche Amore, Tame Impala.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
Mashana: “If we ever get out of lockdown, we’re thinking of doing a tour and we have a couple more surprises.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
Mashana: “The one thing I would say that people should know is that we create everything. From the music videos, the promos, the animations and the posters. We pretty much try and run like an in house production team.
But it’s all in the aims of getting our music in front of as many people as possible.”