Legendary metal-grindcore band Fuck the Facts is gonna fuck you up tonight at Gus' Pub (10pm, $10) with Orchid's Curse, Cottus and Dumpster. The Ottawa/Gatineau "mulletcore" heavies independently released Desire Will Rot in August, which has been getting thumbs ups across the board. I caught up with bassist/vocalist Marc Bourgon to see what's fucking new.
Congrats on Desire Will Rot. It seems like it's being received really well and critics appreciate the creative independence and the album's cohesion. I'm curious about this idea of 'freedom' when it comes to making grindcore like this — I guess I'm wondering what that freedom allows you to do, as a band.
Hey! Thanks a bunch. We're all really excited that people other than us are enjoying the album. Few things compare to that in my opinion. As far as our musical freedom goes, it pretty much allows us to do whatever we feel like doing. The musical tastes of each of us as individuals will never stay static for long so it's fairly safe to assume that the music we write won't either. It's pretty cool to not know where the next release will take us and it definitely adds to the excitement of being in a band.
Fuck the Facts is well-known for its intensity. Where does this energy come from?
Good question. I can't really say for certain. There's a lot of time, energy and focus that goes into making the FTF machine crush so I feel that the performance end is a good release for us all in a lot of ways. We all have sweet lives and great people who surround us so I don't think the "dark and damaged" excuse would really fly for us at this point. With that being said I know there's a lot left in this magical life that still pisses us off enough to keep on givin' 'er.
There are moments when I hear some European metal influence, in the keys of the guitar melodies/riffs in particular. Are you fans of Eurocore (I think I just made that term up), and if not, where do you draw inspiration from? And how does the band work together in songwriting?
We love Europe as a continent so being called Eurocore is a compliment in it's highest form. Like I was saying, it's all about whatever we are feeling at the time and what we think is awesome. It changes frequently. We'll slather on leads and solos and in the same day scrap them all. No rhyme or reason other than what find pleasing.
So many moments on the record are fucking insane. Do people go absolutely nuts at your shows?
Sometimes they do and it's awesome. We always say that if we (or our gear) are in the direct path of the audiences destruction that means it was a successful show. I'm sure the self-identifying dudes and dudettes at Gus' Pub will. That place rules. Also, the owner of Gus' Pub is going to go absolutely nuts if he catches me cooking Mr. Noodles in there again. This I can guarantee.
How would you describe Fuck the Facts to someone who is just getting into grindcore, let's say — what differentiates the genre from metal?
Although I might be blasted for this, I've always thought grindcore was all about the speed and the intensity. It doesn't even have to have blastbeats. Just quick, fast-paced and intense music. I would describe us as grindcore for people who are getting old and can't listen to non-stop blasting for 40 minutes.
If you could meet the ghost of anyone from musical history, who would it be? What would you ask?
Sheeeee. Probably Kurt Cobain. I'd ask him if he actually killed himself so we could all put that issue to bed. I'd also let him know that Dave Grohl, while being the nicest guy on the planet, is pumping out some of the charfiest jams since Better than Ezra. I think he deserves to know. Don't you?