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INTERVIEW: I Fight Bears

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

We’re well thank you! Thanks for having us!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Lost The Fight”?

For us ‘Lost The Fight’ was a really obvious choice as a single. The chemistry of the track just works very well, and it helps to strengthen our mission statement as a band.

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

From a musical perspective like many of the tracks on our debut album, we just wanted to write a song that we personally would like to listen to. A track that infused all of our favourite influences and ideas. From Dan’s lyrical perspective, the song is about fighting daily struggles whether they be ones of a mental capacity or daily life situations. We often feel like we lose those struggles but the point is to keep on fighting to overcome adversity and to eventually win.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

We have just released a lyric video for ‘Lost The Fight’ which features Dan (vocalist) as the protagonist fighting a bear and the band joining in later. Although the video can be viewed as ‘tongue in cheek’, it does hold a deeper meaning. The bear is a symbol for your own struggles in life and that a problem shared is often a problem halved.

The single comes off your new self-titled album – what’s the story behind the title?

We decided to go with a self-titled record rather than an album name as we felt this album is very much a statement of intent about who we are and what we do.

How was the recording and writing process?

We chose to write, record and produce the record ourselves as we thankfully have the facilities to do so. It helps play into our overall ethic as a band to DIY as much as we can. We also produce all of our own music videos, graphics etc. There are always pros and cons of self producing. Pros being that you have absolute control over what you produce and release and have the time to make as many changes or alterations as you want. The con would be that things can be dragged out much longer than intended because you’re not strictly forcing yourself into a time frame. But overall, we are incredibly excited with what we’ve achieved and can’t wait for anyone and everyone to hear it.

What was it like to work with Michael Paget (BFMV) and how did that relationship develop?

Padge and I have known each other some years now and we often work with each other in the studio on various projects. We asked him as a favour if he would step in for a day on the mixing and engineering of the record as it’s always nice to have a fresh perspective on something you’re too close to. His insight and industry knowledge of producing metal was a no brainer for us. We feel the record has now benefited immensely from his involvement.

How much did he influence the album?

He offered us advice throughout the whole process all the way back to the early demos and we really appreciated his involvement. We led the charge on pretty much everything to do with the record but it was nice to get an opinion on things from someone with so much experience under his belt.

How has Parkway Drive and Lamb of God influenced your writing?

As a band, we pull influences from all over the musical spectrum. Bands like Parkway Drive, Killswitch Engage and Lamb Of God are probably the closest to our brand of music and we’re all fans of them. So they’re influence has undoubtedly bled into our writing process as well as many others along the way.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

We’re very fortunate in this band that we have a group of such talented individuals. Marc and Chris can pull amazing riffs out of thin air which gives us a really good starting point when developing them into potential songs. In regards to the lyrics, Dan and myself pull ideas from our own personal situations and the geopolitical situations of the time. There’s been a lot happening in the world over the last 2 years so there’s a lot to write about ha ha.

Any plans to hit the road?

It’s definitely something we would like to do and if we can work out the logistics of doing it, we’ll hopefully get to do some touring later in 2018. Right now, we’re working hard to build towards the release of the record on Feb 16th 2018.

What else is happening next in I Fight Bears’ world?

We’re currently working hard to produce our next music video for the track ‘Envision’ which is also from our debut album. Watch this space!

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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