Fear Without Reason
Every Monday we will be bringing you interviews with unsigned UK or Ireland artists for Independent Music Monday. Recently we caught up with unsigned Midlands band Fear Without Reason to find out more…
Who is in the band, how did you meet, where are you from and how did you come up with the band name?
There are 5 of us in the band and we're all from the Midlands UK - Wolverhampton / Cannock / Walsall area. There is Zaz on Vocals, Ste on Guitar and Andy on Drums - we all met at school and have been in bands since we were 16, a long time ago now! Ste met Phil on Bass at work and we all met Rich on Guitar when he auditioned for the vacant slot in 2017. Since the lineup was complete again it's been a great time!
Fear Without Reason is a name we grew into, Zaz's wife actually came up with it - Mental health is very important to us as a band, band members, family and friends have all suffered and we want people to know they are not alone, hopefully our music can help with that.
Who were your musical influences when you were growing up and who are your influences now?
We've all got a lot of different influences, Andy listens to a lot of Jazz and Rich likes a lot of R&B - obviously we're all big rockers, some of the influences for us at the moment are Alter Bridge, Thrice, Senses Fail, Mallory Knox and Blink 182.
How would you describe your sound?
We say Alternative Rock, though these days that's kind of a wide band to be in but we think it fits. We go for huge choruses and feel along with what's right for the song when we write. Zaz likes to write a story and you can see that in the lyrics of our songs, people really connect with them.
What is your latest release called and what was the influence behind it?
Four Walls is Zaz's personal battle with his mental health - particularly depression and anxiety. As we said before, we want people to know they are not alone, and everyone who has heard the track and had mental health issues in the past or presently have really made a connection with the track.
What’s your local music scene like?
Wolverhampton and Birmingham are really cool - we have the Slade Rooms and The Giffard Arms in Wolverhampton, both really cool to play, one's big and the other is a proper rock pub, nice and close and fun to play. Birmingham has the Academy venues, we have played the Academy 3 a few times, hopefully we can step up a number soon. We'll be playing the o2 Institute 2 in May, that's a new one for us. The scene is very much alive and we're lucky to have fans who turn out to see us.
What do you have planned for the next 12 months? Any albums or festivals?
We'd love to get on the festival scene, a personal ambition is playing at Leeds Festival one day so we'd love to start working our way up. Four Walls just came out on Feb 15th but we are working on a follow up single already which should be out some time in the middle of the year. We've got some more shows we are booking and hopefully we can announce soon. We want to just keep doing what we're doing - maybe we'll try and get a music video done too.
Is there anyone you’d love to collaborate with?
We're always open to cool ideas for this, we've tried to sort a few things with a few local artists but nothing has lined up right yet. If you wanted a dream collab if you hooked us up with Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge it would certainly be a dream come true!
Any funny stories surrounding your live performances?
Well… when Zaz was announcing our new single - Broken in January 2018 on stage, he was talking about its meaning - that it was about a drink driver who kills his daughter in a car crash - very sombre stuff. So the crowd was obviously very sombre too on hearing it. Andy on drums wasn't really listening but his drummer senses felt the change in the crowd so as Zaz finished his talk he did the "Ba Dum Tsh" joke drum roll. Cue looks of horror on our faces and then his when he realised what he had done!
What is the one thing that you want readers to know about your band?
We would like people to know that we write songs from the heart, they are not alone with their mental health and we want to build a community of fans and friends to join us on our journey wherever it would take us.