Episode 48: Fight The Fade: Reflective Nu-Alt-Metal That You Need

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Today on the podcast we are featuring the midwest rockers Fight The Fade. Learn more about them and listen to their track “On My Own.”

Show Notes and Full Show Transcript

Hey everyone welcome to the Eat Sleep Breathe Music podcast. I am your host Jeanette Kimszal. For those of you just joining us, this is the podcast where I talk about different musicians and how their music affects me and then play their track for you to listen to.

So you can check it out and form your own opinion as well. And if you are so interested in sharing your thoughts on this track and artist I’ll have details at the end of the show where you can leave your comments.

Today I’m chatting about the midwest rockers Fight the Fade. 

And this band was formed back in the mid-2000s some bios said 2009 but the official bio on their website said 2010 and the band is made up of vocalist Zene Smith, guitarists Tyler Simpson, and Bryan Conway, bassist Trevor Taylor, and drummer Alyssa Worth.

Since their inception, they have released 2 EPs in 2012 and 2018 entitled What We Know and Masks along with three full-length albums starting with 2014’s Second Horizon, a self-titled album in 2016, and then in 2020 they released In Love. In Hope. In Peace.

In late 2020 the band caught the eye of independent electronic rock label FiXT. That’s F-I-X-T and landed an album deal.

After joining FiXT Fight the Fade put out a slew of singles over 2021 leading up to the release of their latest full-length release APOPHYSITIS and I’m not sure if I’m saying that right. 

It’s spelled A-P-O-P-H-Y-S-I-T-I-S. The album came out this past July.

From their inception, they played a bunch of shows in their hometown and around the country where they have shared the stage with bands including Switchfoot, Thousand Foot Krutch, Underoath, Skillet, Disciple, Fireflight, The Letter Black, Love & Death (Ft. Brian “Head” Welch of Korn), As I lay Dying, Red, and Newsboys.

The song I’ll be playing later is called “Own My Own” and is the latest single released from their album APOPHYSITIS and as I said I’m not sure if I’m saying this correctly. And I apologize if I am butchering the name of the album.

Basically, their sound has been described as pulling influences from rock, metal, and electronica. 

They’ve been recommended for people who are into the bands Northlane, Red, We Came As Romans, Skillet, and Linkin Park.

And I’m not so familiar with the three like Northlane, Red, We Came As Romans, I’ve heard Skillet before on the radio.

There is a station down here that we listen to, like a rock station and I  have heard some skillet.

And I would say at least in my experience and listening history I would say that they do remind me a lot of uh Linkin Park.

And that was the first thing that came to mind when I listened to this song.

There is really something about guitar riffs that really get to me. The song kind of opens with about 7 or 10 seconds of these guitars going dunununu (imitating guitars).

It just gets you excited about what’s to come next.

Another thing to mention is that In those first few seconds there is also some same electronica that’s being thrown in along with guitar.

And that’s going “oohh ohh ohh” (imitating electronica) and at first, I couldn’t distinguish the electronica sound of it but then after I listened to it a couple of times I could really hear as the guitars started the electronica piece started to move along with that.

Then at about 11 seconds, you get hit with this additional beat and I can’t distinguish if it’s a drum beat or another electronica beat. It is like “dump dump” (imitating the music beats) and that goes for about 23 seconds.

Then at that point you can really feel the hard hit of the drums come in and everything comes together for this very visceral, in-your-face exciting musical experience.

You get this musical intro for about an additional 20 seconds then you are hit with the vocals.

As someone who doesn’t really pay attention all the time (laughing) to lyrics. I”ve been kind of trying to take extra effort to try to give more detail to the lyrics of songs. And look at songs more

I was lucky to find the lyrics of this song online and I’m looking at the lyrics.

It starts out by saying “I’ve been trying to find the words to say /Without you suffocating me/ It’s like you don’t want to hear the truth/ All you want to hear is you.”

Then it goes “I’m /So tired of the Lies /Watching you trivialize /Everything I try to say.”

And you can really see this song about someone who is dealing with another person who is suffocating them and you know they don’t really want to see the truth and they just want to hear what they want to hear.

So there is a very emotional piece of this song that you can listen to. If you’re someone who is really into lyrics I think is a nice track because it does has very meaningful lyrics and a message to show.

Sometimes it’s better to be on your own. Especially if you’re in a situation where someone is making you not the best person you can be.

And who wants to be with people who are gonna drag you down? 

So this song has a lot of depth when it comes to the lyrics…At least in my opinion. I feel like it does have a meaning and it’s, and it’s insightful. 

And it kind of shows the other person you know what? “I”m better on my own.”

There’s a lyric that goes “I’m not gonna wait around /For you to /Eventually let me down /I’m here to let you know I’m better off alone /Don’t care what you’ve been told I’ll make it on my own.”

So there’s a lot of meaning behind the song. It complements the music very nicely because there is this anger, aggression, and negative.

Not like negative in a bad way but a negative sound of you are angry and you want to let that person know that you are feeling hurt and you just need to be like on your own.

That was the one thing I remembered about when I listened to music now that I listened to when I was in high school. I”m like I must have been really angry because I feel like everything I listened to was such angry music (laughing).

You know sometimes you need angry music and I think this song is a great song you know to rock out to.

 Get your aggressions out I think it has a good message. I think that I really like the combination of the music and the lyrics. 

While what pulled me in was the familiar nu-metal or alt-metal as they are calling their sound.

This is something that I really love and I think I’ve just been missing it for a while. And that initially got my attention. And it really does make me want to listen to more of their music.

And I noticed they were also getting a lot of press from the blogosphere with features and reviews.

They’ve been written up on The Review Geek, Ramzine, Indie Vision Music, Metal Epidemic, Substream Magazine, Into The Void, Outburn Online, Rock On Purpose, HM Magazine, Maximum Volume Music, Inked Magazine, and Metal Insider.

And if you do want to check out more of their music you can 

This track is off their latest album APOPHYSITIS out now on streaming platforms Spotify, and Amazon, and is available for purchase online

I can leave links to these in the show notes if you want to check out more of their songs.

Well, I think I have chatted enough so now without further ado here is “On My Own” by Fight The Fade.

Song plays here

We would love to know what you think about Fight The Fade and their track “On My Own.”

If you’re looking for more information on Fight The Fade check out their official website https://www.fightthefade.com. That is F-I-G-H-T-T-H-E-F-A-D-E.

You can also like and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter. You can find them on Facebook and TikTok at the handle Fight The Fade Official. On Twitter and Instagram, they can be found at the handle Fight The Fade. 

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Thanks for listening and see you in the next episode!

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