Following a highly successful 2019, the Newcastle-born alt-rockers have returned with a ferocious new offering that erupts with an electrifying fury.
Driven by billowing drums and animated guitars, this new single dances flamboyantly in a continuous motion of intensity, pulsing with a decadent energy that constantly shifting its instrumental sequence. Whilst their sound traverses the line between old-school rock & roll and modern post-punk, the group retain a rich sense of sonic originality in their melding of contemporary and vintage textures.
Lyrically, I wanted to encapsulate our journey as a band through hyperbole. The burning desire to play shows in front of live audiences and travelling to different cities to reach new people. Getting through the challenges together as a band and sticking together as both friends and a working teamBassist John Lennox
This fast and vibrant latest instalment will serve only to enhance Fossway’s reputation as one of the north-east’s brightest prospects, and we caught up with the trio to talk about the new release and their journey into the industry.
So you’re all from the north-east of England which has a history of producing a host of musical talent. How has the Tyneside music scene influenced your sound and do you feel you have benefited from what many believe to be a tight-knit music community?
Having been a band on the Tyneside music scene for a good few years now, we’ve played numerous local gigs with a large roster of talented bands that cover a broad spectrum of genres from rock and metal to indie and even acoustic pop and folk. I think because of this exposure to other bands we have played with within the Tyneside scene throughout the years, we’ve managed to incorporate elements from these different genres into our own sound. In this respect we have certainly Benefited from being part of this community, we only hope that before too long the music scene will continue as it left off at full force!
You hit the scene in 2018 with the punk-rock inspired ‘Parasite’, and have just released your new single ‘Live In The Fire’ which both offer contrasting comparisons in style. Would you say your songwriting process has changed since your first single?
Very much so. I think the main factor behind why our sound has changed a lot since Parasite is our confidence in showcasing our influences in our music and we all feel that this latest single showcases this very well. For example, one could say the main riff that immediately opens the song is reminiscent of Iron Maiden, the first verse akin to 70s Prog and the pre-chorus a little Beatle-esque. But the ‘genre-hopping’, as we like to call it, wasn’t intentional when writing the song, it was more of an unconscious process, and moreover a product of our collective willingness to push our sound further with every new release
The digital scope of the music industry demands that artists and bands look to grow their online presence in order for their music to be heard by fans and critics alike. How much of a dependence do you put success down to presence on online music platforms?
The importance of a bands online presence has become almost forefront. However, we don’t gauge our success by the numbers and algorithms we receive from releases. We gauge our own success by the reaction we have to audiences that have never heard us before. It is still important to have an online presence though, it is the quickest way to advertise yourself. Especially to people that can’t see you live, which in these trying times, has become even more important. In regards to the scope, you could get your viral 15 minutes of fame. But if you want to make it for the long haul, it’s not the way to go about it.
Previous publications have compared Fossway to industry heavyweights such as Muse and Radiohead, do you have any specific influences?
It’s an honour to be compared to such and those have influenced us. In the old school way we started out doing covers by such bands so to us it makes complete sense. Our influences expand widely. All three members of the band differ also but like a Venn diagram all influences come to ahead. Most of our influences are around guitar music and Rock. From metal like Iron Maiden, Megadeth and Metallica. Progressive rock like Rush, Yes and Pink Floyd. Even the main Manchester post-punk bands like the Smiths and Joy division. There’s too much to list all, we sometimes describe ourselves as genre- hoppers and delight in the action too. Why stop at one?
Despite the chaos of 2020, new music has been pouring out from every corner of the UK and beyond. Are there any bands/artists that you are particularly interested in at the moment?
Yes, there are some great bands from the North East doing really well: Swine Tax, Cat Ryan, and Leopard Rays are some of our favourites. Some other artists like Thunderclap and Father John Misty have also been on our radar too.
You’re coming up to nearly a dozen releases, what do you feel is the best song you’ve released and why?
We have a perpetual habit of all being guilty of saying our best song is the one we’ve most recently released – maybe because it’s new and fresh, and it showcases our songwriting on the most recent frontier, or maybe because it illustrates, we possess the ability to keep topping ourselves in our musical endeavours. Either way, we would all probably (and ironically) agree that our most recent single ‘Live in the Fire’ is our best song. We believe it exhibits a broad but justifiable range of influences and genres, the lyricism resonates with us a lot at the moment, and we feel with this song we are tapping into the ‘Fossway sound’. Equally, one of our earlier singles, ‘No Heart in the Heart of the City’, could be seen as our best live song as the novelty of performing it never dies – it’s always saved for the end of our sets.
As we look optimistically towards the new year, what should we expect from Fossway and do you have any new releases/shows on the horizon?
I think certainly our live shows are very dependent on the current pandemic, and the government’s advice surrounding it, so I don’t think we can give a clear answer. I suppose if things go well with the new vaccine, we can say to expect a string of extensive UK shows as we’ve all incredibly missed touring. Aside from our recorded releases, we have an increasing portfolio of over 7 or so more new and original songs that we’re eager to record and release. As stated in the penultimate question, now that we have so many releases, we might look towards an EP or even an album in 2021 depending on the prospect of a promotional tour to go alongside it. In conclusion, we would say to expect more new and original music and exciting shows to be announced (hopefully) soon in the future.