Musicscan: Can you perhaps tell us something about the intention and the spirit of The Charm The Fury when the band came to be three years ago. Has that intention / the spirit changed until today? What kind of philosophy is the basis for what you are doing with your band?
The Charm The Fury: We've actually come together through an online ad. Without any expectations, we started out as a group of friends making the music we love. But: we've always told ourselves that we didn't want to put anything to daylight unless it was actually good. When we put online Virtue Of Leadership, the reactions were overwhelming. Just then we realized that we've had something in our hands that was very rare. It strengthened our spirit: making the music we love and releasing stuff only if it was actually high-end material. And that is the spirit we still live by today, whilst hoping to get better and better as musicians, songwriters and performers by experience.
Musicscan: What is it for you guys to be called metalcore - is it somehow annoying or fine with you? At least you are “known” to be such kind of a band and a lot of bands do not want to be labeled as metalcore for whatever reason…
The Charm The Fury: It is truly fine, and I even think we've started calling ourselves metalcore at some point just to clarify what kind of music we mostly make. On the EP you can hear some different genres, mostly hardcore and metalcore. While writing and recording the new album we've scraped off the hardcore-edges, and we can definitely say we play metalcore. Maybe catchy metalcore, I don't know! I'm not sure why bands would not want to be labeled as metalcore.. Is it because people nowadays relate it to hairspray-beatdown bands ;-)? You have a lot of great bands in the metalcore genre, even some of my personal favorites such as Underoath or Killswitch Engage.
Musicscan: Hardcore/metalcore has been an underground genre at first, but there has been a surge of more mainstream orientated bands and big success for some of them over the past years. How would you classify the state of hardcore/metalcore right now? Where do you think is it going?
The Charm The Fury: Great question. I think that hardcore and metalcore, both genre and scene, split from each other. At least where I live. The gap between hardcore and metalcore is bigger than ever here. I think that because of some big mainstream successes of metalcore bands - often with help of their labels - other (hardcore) bands emphasize the DIY/underground attitude. I think there's a lot of hatred between these two genres. Metalcore is often being ridiculed because of their mainstream successes, people say that metalcore musicians are sell-outs, very bad songwriters etc. Hardcore tries to remain underground and true. And I respect that. But I want to be realistic as well: without the help of the people around us, we wouldn't get to play the amazing shows we now play and we wouldn't be able to do the things we do now.
Musicscan: Speaking about the feeling of community: Do you feel that the sense of unity in hardcore/metal-hardcore is still as strong as it was – let’s say – a decade ago? A lot of bands claim to not be interested in the scene as such anymore. Do you still stick to that scene?
The Charm The Fury: Haha oops, I guess I've already answered that question in the previous answer! But to be honest, I stick to our music, to what we write and to what we like to play live. I'm not sure if it's healthy to stick to a certain scene, especially when you want to bring your music further than that scene. If you want to tour the world, you should see the bigger picture and start working towards that goal. Also, I feel that the unity is long far gone and there's so much hatred and jealousy towards each other. Back in the days it was great to go to shows at the local bars a couple times a week, and it didn't really matter who would play because you would see all your friends, listen to metal or hardcore and just hang out. That scene died out, I never hear of these shows anymore.
Musicscan: Metalcore is often told to be somehow youth orientated. Would you agree to this, and how do you make sure to stay young with what you are doing? ,-)
The Charm The Fury: Try to stay young.. Ohh god, my hangovers last for two days now! I feel like I'm getting old haha! But it's funny cause we noticed that our biggest and most enthusiastic fans are younger of age. And that is awesome, cause they are the ones that actively follow you, try to come to your shows (if permitted by their parents) and spread the word. I think that a good connection with the listeners is often based on writing about things they can relate to. And we write about our social environment, disappointments, (broken) relationships and friendships. The subjects we write about are not very age-restricted.
Musicscan: On Facebook you state as interest: “Making good music and playing shows.” How do you make sure to make good music? How many shows you played so far, and what is to expect in support of the release of the album?
The Charm The Fury: I think that we judge our music by: do we like it? do we feel it? would we listen to it? Is it a follow up to what we've done before, and how do we keep the listener's attention? Good music is always subject to personal opinion and taste ;-)! But we hope that some people share the same opinion haha!
We actually haven't played a lot of shows over these past 1,5 years after releasing the EP, guessing we've played at around 50 or 60 shows by now. Well, we are extremely honored to say that we've just signed a deal with CAA (Creative Artist Agency). They will be in charge of shows in support of the release of the album, and with the great name they have, I'm sure they will do great. So my expectations are to play more shows and to go abroad more often!
Musicscan: There are lots of heavier, metal influenced hardcore-bands around. What sets The Charm The Fury apart from others? You gained a lot of attention lately so there has to be something…
The Charm The Fury: We try to make interesting metalcore, with a strong focus on dynamics and melody. The album is not one to be cut in parts, but you should listen to it in its entirety, and maybe you'll even notice the musical theme that swirls in and around the songs throughout the entire album. Oh and get a female screamer, that helps as well ;-)! You know they say huh: sex sales hahaha!
Musicscan: Are there any principles you would never give up to with the band style-wise? What kind of?
The Charm The Fury: We're open to anything, we all listen to different genres as well. But I'm sure we won't all of a sudden come up with a 90's eurodance album, or a German schlager record (although that would actually be pretty funny to do). I think that we've found our base music-wise, and that our hearts will always remain with the metalcore genre. We will not exchange interesting musical arrangements for 0-0-0-0-1-1-1-1-1-1 material. That's for sure!
Musicscan: The style The Charm The Fury plays finds separation through aggression, passion and honesty. What is your attitude towards what you are doing musically and lyrically and how do you “make sure” to stay true to this?
The Charm The Fury: We write what we feel and in that matter, people can never say it's not true. Cause feelings are always true. Musically oriented: it's based on the inspiration we receive from our environment, social environment or the bands we listen to. Mathijs Tieken, our drummer and main songwriter, always has great ideas that come up all of a sudden, and he works that out with our guitarist Rolf Perdok. They don't start a writing session with the idea: we HAVE to write something. But the riffs and arrangements will come to them in forms of inspiration they get from their environments.
Do you feel that The Charm The Fury has found its “own” sound already or is it still evolving?
I think that especially with this album we can hear some kind of TCTF sound, although we actually never really decided on 'what our sound is'. It is clean, melodic yet passionate and heavy.
Musicscan: When a band writes the songs for a record over a longer period, I'd say that these songs can easily stand for a certain period in a band's career, right? But would you say that your debut is representative for what your band went through since its foundation in 2010 and what The Charm The Fury wants to stand for in 2013/14/15?
The Charm The Fury: I guess so. We write about what we experience. This album is really about coming to terms with not only others, but also with yourself. We wrote about our experiences with friends, beloved ones, the financial crisis and even about equal (gay) rights. Especially these last two subjects are very important right now, so it is actually representative for what is happening in our lives right now.
Musicscan: If you compare the visions you had of A Shade Of My Former Self and compare it to your impressions listening to the actual album now – what´s the difference, is there any?
The Charm The Fury: Ah wow, that is a hard question! In my view: I actually don't know if there's any difference. Let me give you an example: When you first read the Harry Potter books (I'm sure most of us have read those books at a certain time long ago haha) you create this entire fantasy world in your head. After seeing the movie, the fantasy world in your mind is directly replaced by the things you see on the screen. I'm not sure if my visions of the album were the same or different.. The album is here now andvI'm extremely proud and excited on it turned out to be.
Musicscan: What stands out in your mind about the chemistry of the recording of the album? How did this contribute to the overall sound and feel of A Shade Of My Former Self?
The Charm The Fury: The main chemistry is the fact that the five of us knew exactly where we wanted to go and what we wanted to record. The main push behind our backs was Mathijs Tieken, he recorded the entire album himself. He was the one that kept us focused and pushed us to our limits in order to get the best possible effort we could give. I think there's a lot of effort and passion in the album, and you can hear that dripping through the tracks!
Musicscan: Is there something like a main theme or a main idea that runs through all the songs on the record, something that perhaps connects the individual songs you‘ve created for A Shade Of My Former Self?
The Charm The Fury: We have a musical theme that bonds the album together, hopefully you'll notice it. As of the songs: the themes are very diverse. We have written about long lost friends, broken relationships, equal rights, financial crisis, youth that has never learned to work for something.. But the one fact that bonds all the songs together is that a Shade Of My Former Self focuses on the personal development that we have gone through. We not only focus on the dark side of humanity, we also show that we ourselves can be the axis of evil. It is important not to ignore this, but to learn to look at it in a different way in order to lead a better life.
Musicscan: What moments in the bands history for you sum up the whole experience of The Charm The Fury so far?
The Charm The Fury: The release of Virtue Of Leadership, our first big interviews with Metal Hammer and Kerrang!, our shows at Groezrock, the release of The Social Meltdown, playing a lot of great shows & festivals, touring the UK, writing and recording A Shade Of My Former Self.. And here we are!