We premiered their video last week, but what do we actually know about Fractions? Now that we think about it, scarily little. Had we featured a video by a groups of hate-crazed nazi child-murderers? It wouldn’t be the first time. With this concern festering, we worriedly pinged off our standard Band of the Day questions…
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
How did you meet?
Most of us met through the early 2000s local band scene where we were all in different bands but playing regularly on the same line ups. The exception being our singer Chris, who was friends with Lee (guitarist) and got to know the other lads once joining Fractions.
How long have you been playing as a band?
The current lineup has been together for around two years, but the band has existed in different formats from around 2010/11.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
We were thinking of names for a few weeks and our old singer showed up to the practice space and said, “Fractions”. We all said “Yeah, that’s cool” and that was that.
What are your influences?
Literally everything! We try not to close out any ideas when writing… from concept ideas through to lots of styles of music what ever sounds good to us at the time of making new music.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Varied/beautiful/passionate and ever-growing metal. We are heavy when we choose to be but light, dreamy and melodic at times as well which makes us stand out and interesting to listen to.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Lots! We try to tell stories and have meaning to our songs. Having said that our inspiration comes from all angles – from TV shows to worldly events. Whatever inspires us at the time.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
We put as much passion as we can into live performances, but also try to put across our music in the sharpest form we can. We have played circa 25 shows to date.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Wildest ever seen was a band we played with in Coventry who decided to take the whole drum kit off the stage and into the mosh pit for the end of their set with all the band also getting in the crowd! Simply awesome. Wildest thing we have done has to be convincing our friend Tom (who happens to be a dwarf), to stage dive and crowd surf at one of our shows. At one stage he was bench pressed by a member of the audience.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
- Chris J – Peavy amp/ Stone Wolf guitars
- Lee – Mesa Boogie amp/Jackson guitars
- Coggy – Orange amp/Tobias bass
- Stevo – Premier drums, mix of Sabian and Zildjian cymbals, Tama hardware
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our first release – a five-track EP called Forces released on 28th July and currently available for pre order on most main digital supply outlets and hard copy pre-orders via the band. We have also joined the Enso Management and PR family which we will be working very closely with to get things moving in future months.
What are your plans for the rest of 2017?
Play as many quality gigs as we can. Get ourselves established in the wider metal scenes and write lots more music.
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
To open for us we would choose our good friends Internal Conflict. These boys light up a room, put energy and passion into any audience and we know we can rely on them to take any event to a new level.
For us to support… there are so many! The likes of Periphery, Sikth and Dream Theater, but right now we would say our Scottish friends Ramage Inc. These guys are ridiculously good!
From previous (scary) Band of the Day Yovel: Will you just stand and wait, until the day they seal our fate?
NO! We are ever moving… progressing… experiencing…. as much of life as we can get our hands on.
From another BotD, Defences: What is, objectively speaking, the best type of bear and why?
Hare the Care Bear (our singer Chris Hare); he is a man-like bear with a wizards beard, defender of the vocal ranges and master of the doggo meme! This makes him the king of all bears.
And from Saccage: How did you start creating music and why?
We were all in bands in the past that dissolved for various reasons, but all missed playing and the fun that comes with it. A few beers and some conversations later and we found ourselves in a room playing cover tracks. The realisation hit that we had something good going (creatively). The feeling and the draw of being able to play gigs again inspired us to write our own music and see just how far we can take things.