Denver’s post-hardcore / progressive metal juggernaut Fathers released their self titled debut digitally last year and will be reissuing it on vinyl March 30 via Sailor Records. To that point, we have a contest going on right now that is in its final stages where you can win a copy for yourself, go here to get the details and ENTER! Anyway, I didn’t see nearly enough noise about this album upon its initial release so I’m hoping things will change now. Over the course of nine songs the band weaves a story that screams at those who have been abused, hurt, forgotten or otherwise pushed aside and gives wings for them to fly and be heard. A favorite track is hard to come by here, I thought several times I’d settled on mine but it constantly shifted and to the point that I finally relented and just let the whole album be a favorite. Yes indeed it is that good. Chugging ferocity meets emotional depth and it honestly melted my heart down to a throbbing mass of muscle and blood. Just ahead of the vinyl reissue and our contest winding down we had the chance to discuss our Profile set of questions with guitarist Eddie Maestes and you don’t want to miss his responses. Head inside to see what he had to say and by all means support the band. But also, enter to win that vinyl!
How did you first get into playing music, and have you achieved the level of success that you hoped for?
I started playing in bands early in high school, mostly through hanging out with friends and teaching myself how to play metal, punk, and hardcore. I’m still not sure what “success” really means, but I guess there are still goals that I’d like to achieve and explore.
What’s the most you have ever debased yourself to get your band onto a show, into a magazine or otherwise promoted, covered, and praised? (if you don’t have a story, please tell us any funny/embarrassing story)
Nothing TOO embarrassing, other than our singer lost his virginity to an empty bottle of shaving cream.
What do you see as some of the great things happening in metal and what are some of the worst things happening inside the scene right now?
One thing I love about metal right now is seeing all of the younger kids who are crushing it, and actually playing good stuff. Maybe it’s the cynicism in me, but so much of today’s music (including metal) is barely listenable. Although I suppose that has been said for years, in between every generation gap.
It seems that now everyone has a passion for some cause and that those people are very open about displaying their passions. This is probably a very, very good (and progressive) thing socially. What are some of the most important issues (social/political/humorous/etc.) for you and how do you insert those issues into your music?
I came from a relatively abusive household, and it certainly shaped me to be the musician I am today. I learned fight or flight at a very early age, and it bled into the style of music I created. In FATHERS, we definitely tackle those similar issues. Musically and lyrically.
What, or who, got you into metal and how old were you? How did your family take the news?
I got into metal when I was in 2nd grade. A kid who lived down the street from me had Iron Maiden’s ‘Live After Death’ on cassette, and I was immediately hooked. My family was bummed, because they were pretty strict and uptight.
What advice do you have for aspiring music critics and outlets out there?
Listen to our record really fucking loud.
How can we all better serve the genre in the eyes of a hard-working musician?
Don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s easy to get caught up in ego, especially when you think you have a good thing going. But you probably don’t, so don’t be a dick along the way.
What’s your goal? You guys thinking world domination? Maybe saving a continent? Maybe invading one? Any interest in starting a cult?
Definitely going to hit the road sooner than later. Would love to invade Russia and/or Eastern Europe sometime.
Do you guys have day jobs or hobbies you want to share? Whatever it is, please let us know.
I teach Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and I’m also in barber school.
When you’re not obsessing over your own material, what are some of your favorite albums to listen to currently? (Feel free to include non-metal)
Lately I’ve been revisiting a lot of experimental stuff. 31 Knots, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Hecker, King Crimson.
What is the 12-month outlook for you or your band? Any specific events on the horizon that the masses should be aware of?
We just got an additional guitar player to join the band. Definitely looking forward to writing a new record with him, and getting out on the road.
Summarize your band in exactly one word. (Disclosure: If you include additional words, we will select our favorite for the final publication.)
Many thanks to Eddie and Fathers for their time!