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INTERVIEW: Fat Goth

Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

FRASER: Hello there! My name is Fraser and I play guitar and provide vocals for Fat Goth. We’re doing just fine and dandy, thank you. It’s been a while since we’ve had anything new to promote, so it’s good to be busy organising band-related stuff again and getting prepared to plant our collective posterior in the metaphorical saddle once more. Whether or not anyone outside of the Fat Goth camp actually cares about these developments is up for debate…

Can you talk to us more about your track “Guestbook”?

FRASER: Certainly! ‘Guestbook’ is the lead track from our 4th album, “Enorme!” and it does a pretty good job of setting the general tone for the remainder of the record. It’s fast, aggressive, riff-heavy punk rock music and it’s the first Fat Goth song to feature a wah-wah guitar solo! Wah pedals are great fun, and they’re extremely effective in making hacks such as myself sound more musically accomplished than we actually are.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

FRASER: Yes, ‘Guestbook’ was initially inspired by the Elm Guest House scandal that took place in London during the 70’s and 80’s, although it’s essentially just another comment on the corruptive influence of power and authority. It was important for us to come back from our break with a blast of positivity, so what better way to achieve that than writing a song about systematic child abuse?

Any plans to release a video for the single?

FRASER: Given the nature of the song’s subject matter, it didn’t seem appropriate. That said, our good friend, Andy Herd of Pandyland comics has made an awesome video for another song from the new album. It’s called ‘Thoroughbred’ and will be available gaze upon via YouTube in the not too distant future.

The single comes off your new album Enorme! – what’s the story behind the title?

FRASER: It was the one title we could all agree on, that and the fact no one had any better ideas. I think I just saw it written down somewhere and thought it was a cool word. It features in both the French and Spanish languages and means ‘enormous’ or ‘huge’, which is appropriate given the scale of the problems and issues discussed in the songs themselves.

How was the recording and writing process?

FRASER: It was more or less the same as our previous efforts, although we did purposefully take our time with the writing side of things this time round. Our last record, “One Hundred Percent Suave” was written, recorded and released in little over a year after “Stud”. We feel proud we managed to deliver what we consider to be a strong record in such a small timeframe, but it did prove to be challenging and stressful on a few occasions. We’ve definitely enjoyed taking a more leisurely approach with this album and it’s undoubtedly benefited the general quality of the music. I certainly feel a stronger emotional attachment to the new stuff having spent a bit longer creating it, so hopefully our audience will enjoy the fruits of our labour.

Like all our previous efforts, it was recorded by Ross McGowan of Chime Studios in 6 days and he did another sterling job. We really appreciate authentic recordings when it comes to rock music and actively avoid studio trickery and manipulation whenever we’re recording. Ross’ approach is very much in keeping with that ideology, and we have a good laugh with him as he’s a right sick bastard.

What made you want to write your angriest album to date?

FRASER: I’m in my mid 30’s now, and I guess I’m just becoming more acutely aware of the world around me and all the things I find utterly infuriating about humanity in general. I’ve previously written a great deal about how much I loathe myself, so it seemed like a good time to try something new and focus my unrelenting hatred on my fellow man instead.

What aspect of anger and frustration did you get to explore on this album?

FRASER: Plenty! “Enorme!” touches on numerous deplorable aspects of the human condition such as racism and xenophobia, the cultivation and nurturing of ignorant, narcissistic and apathetic attitudes, the reprehensible actions still carried out in the name of religion despite the fact we live in the 21st century, and a couple of tunes inspired by the buildup and subsequent fallout of 2014’s Scottish Independence Referendum. The new album is a right laugh!

Any plans to hit the road?

FRASER: Personally, I would love Fat Goth to be more active as I genuinely believe we’re a great band that makes great music, but being in a band is very similar to being in a relationship or marriage; it’s all about compromise, managing expectations and is more often than not an exercise in tolerance when things don’t go the way you’d hope. Work commitments have always been an issue for us, but thankfully there have been some positive developments in that regard for some members, so hopefully Fat Goth will be getting out there and doing it’s thing on more of a regular basis. Time will tell…

What else is happening next in Fat Goth’s world?

We have some Scottish shows lined up to promote the release of “Enorme!”, which we’re very much looking forward to:

Friday June 23rd – Edinburgh Sneaky Pete’s

Saturday June 24th – Dundee Conroy’s

Friday June 30th – Glasgow Hug & Pint

Sunday August 13th – Carnival 56 Festival (Dundee Camperdown Park)

The latter should be interesting as it’s the first large-scale music festival to be held in our hometown of Dundee. Given the rest of the lineup, I wouldn’t be surprised if we end up getting lynched.

Kevin is playing guitar in another Dundee band called Holy Snakes. They’ve only just started and have yet to record anything, but I’ve witnessed one of their shows and was suitably impressed by their southern boogie-inspired jams.

As far as Fat Goth is concerned, we’ll continue to write, record and play live whenever we feel the collective urge to do so. In the meantime, we hope folk enjoy our new record when it’s released and we would like to thank VENTS! for showing an interest in us. Cheers!

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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