Band of the Day: Francesco Fonte

Since it’s metal Christmas for the UK, we’re using this weekend to give you something a bit different, such as today’s Band of the Day…

Simple things first – where are you guys from?

We are based in London.

How did you meet?

Everything started from a jam session at one of the many live venues that have been shut down The Black Gardenia, in London 2011.

How long have you been playing as a band?

‘Eight’… years! We met in 2010, our debut album Blue Omens came out in 2011 then we released the EP Arousal Addiction in 2013 and our second album Eight in 2018 which we just released through NMTCG records.

Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?

It’s simply the name of the frontman.

What are your influences?

Tool, NIN, Faith No More, Sound Garden, Nick Cave, Bowie, early Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, The Doors.

Describe your music. What makes you unique?

We are a trio but we can deliver a huge sound, it comes from our love for pedal effects and research in getting an original sound. Often we have been included in the goth metal scene because we can get really dark and atmospheric but coming from a progressive concept our music also goes dynamically through rock and metal.

Do you have any particular lyrical themes?

Life and the Universe itself, anything inside and outside it, that we know and we don’t know.

What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?

Our live shows are quite different one to the other, we like to be free with the interpretation of each track, we like to be dragged into our own music and catch the crowd’s vibe. We can’t remember how many live shows we had, especially in the early days we had lots of gigs around London.

What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?

Our bass player turning up with a psychedelic cat t-shirt that was scary!

What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?

Very classic kit and guitars, nothing crazy apart from the pedal boards we use which are quite experimental.

What are your plans for 2018?

Well it’s just four months left until 2019, so we’ll try to get good gigs and advertise our new album ‘Eight’ as much as we can.

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!

Tool is the band we’d love to support! We’d definitely call our dear friends Die Kur to open for us. At the moment we are supporting them because they are amazing!

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August 7, 2020 8:00 PM

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