Onlangs kwam de Canadese snoeiharde metalband Fuck The Facts met hun nieuwe plaat. Die band bracht via hun eigen Noise Salvation de langspeler Pleine Noirceur uit. Die langspeler van Topon Das en zijn kompanen gaf White Room Reviews een mooie reden om met hen te spreken. Het interview met Fuck The Facts zal worden gepubliceerd als drieluik. Als eerste deel 1 van dit interview met Fuck The Facts: vijf vragen aan drummer Mathieu ‘Vil’ Vilandre.
WRR: In the earlier years you switched from guitar to drums, why? And which do you prefer?
Vil: Our drummer at the time was, let’s say, unreliable. We had a pretty rigorous practice schedule and we never knew if he would show up or not to practice. So at some point, I just started filling in for him. While working on Stigmata High-Five, I literally had to teach him drum parts I had written in his absence, it didn’t make any sense. I was already playing drums in another band so I wasn’t totally green, but I wasn’t really up to the task. Anyways, he eventually got kicked out just a few weeks before we were set to record Stigmata. It’s kind of a running joke, at this point. I bitch about playing drums, but I do love it. I really thought I was going to be a great guitar player, you know? Fuck it, I’m happy with my silver medal.
– How did you survive this whole period of Corona?
Vil: By accepting the fact that it’s going to take a fucking while till we get a shred of normality back. It wasn’t too bad in the beginning because it was easier to see friends and family during summertime, but winter is coming. I don’t want to sound all Game of Thrones and shit, but this is Canada so winter is literally always coming. Fortunately for me, I do enjoy our stupidly cold and snowy winters. Anyways, I’ve been watching a lot of Twitch and I’ve spent a decent amount of time on Twitter, a new thing for me, following the U.S. elections. Other than that, I’ve been working around the house fixing shit. Typical boring adult stuff.
– The way of your drumming is sounding like you have a huge range of influences. Which drummers you are your favorite to listen to, and why?
Vil: I love guys like John Merryman (Cephalic Carnage), Flo Mounier (Cryptopsy), Dave Witte (Burnt By The Sun) and Col Jones (Exhumed). I mean, I could list you so many great drummers, it wouldn’t end. I guess I love drummers with big musical personalities: their style of play is absolutely unique. From Adam Jarvis (Misery Index) to John Longstreth (Origin), it’s hard for me to picture these bands without these guys behind the kit, you know? I also love it when shit isn’t perfect, makes me feel human a bit. You can warp and quantize all you want, there’s nothing like an imperfect drum track. We aren’t machines, I don’t get why we would want to sound like one.
– If you have to name one song on ‘Pleine Noirceur’, which is your favorite and why?
Vil: I think I’d go with Everything I love Is Ending. I just really enjoy playing this song, that first riff always gets me and Mel’s vocals make me wanna punch some faces in, it’s a good feeling when playing drums. So yeah, I guess this is the song I like to play the most, I’m not sure which one would actually be my “favorite”, it’s hard to say.
– What is the thing you are looking forward to the most in 2021?
Vil: I just hope that we can get back to normal, to some degree at least. This whole year has been one big giant shitshow. Still, I won’t complain, everyone around me is healthy. But yeah, I’d love to play some shows in 2021, but even that seems unlikely. I won’t be greedy, shows can wait. Let’s just beat this fucking thing. Stay safe.