All the way from Fort Worth (pretty much Pantera territory, only 25 minutes from Arlington) comes today’s BotD, Forget Conformity…
We are from the great state of Texas, the city of Fort Worth to be exact.
How did you meet?
Our love of the same type of music drew us together. We had all either known each other, or about the band Forget Conformity for years; so this current lineup came together through trial and error of past members.
How long have you been playing as a band?
The band has been together since 2014, but this current lineup has been together since July of 2017 with Jonathon Baker being the only original member since 2014
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
It’s who we are as people and as a band. The long story isn’t as meaningful as what it actually means, and that’s not being shoehorned into boxes. It’s a way of life for some people, it’s how we approach music as well.
What are your influences?
All over the place. We love everything from metalcore like Norma Jean, Salt the Wound, As I Lay Dying, to classic metal like Sabbath and Iron Maiden. We also take things from all walks of music like hip hop and classic rock; not forgetting that all music can be connected.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
We try to create a melodic metalcore that seems lacking in today’s genre. It feels as if the sound of metalcore has gone away from feel and melody, and is kind become stagnant. We are hoping to add the energy and differentiation in our songs that we feel are missing in metalcore lately.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
All sorts of things. We write about everything from mental health (“Summoner”), ego and vengeance (“Fall From Righteousness”), the danger of life and the passing of friends (“Not Enough Time”), and lots other things lately that ranger from literary to personal.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Energy, lots of energy. We put everything into how we portray the music on stage. We want to give you everything we have on every show and every song. That’s a hard question to answer. We play 2 to 3 times a month normally, plus several runs and a tour… so that could be well over 100 or so in the 5 years as a band.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Our vocalist threw a hat and nailed a girl in the front row in the face on the very first moment of his very first show with the band!
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Bass: Ibanez SR505 5-String w/Bartolini MkII pickups, strung with DR Black Beauties
- Gallien-Krueger 1001rb head into a Peavey PV900 Poweramp
- GK 4×10 cab
- Acoustic 1×15 cab
- Furman Power conditioner
- Dunlop Strap-loks and picks
- Darkglass B7k Microtubes Preamp pedal
- BBE Sonic Stomp
- Kliq tinyTune Pro Stage tuning pedal
- Line 6 G30 wireless system
Guitar: PRS Marc Holcomb Rrn out of a Marshall DSL 100 tube amp and Marshall cab with the Horizon overdrive pedal
Drums: Tama Rockstar
- Pearl mastercraft snare
- Pear double eliminators longboards
- Soultone Cymbals
- Roc n soc throne
- Vic Firth Sticks 5A
What are your plans for 2020?
We plan on recording a single and an EP by the end of the year, more cross country touring, and filming at least one or 2 music videos this year as well.
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!
Norma Jean… I just think it would be an honor…. and our buddies in Insvrgence can open that one. Not because they need to be an opener, but more because you should go check out their music. Austin TX hardcore at its finest!