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Interview with Fraktions!

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Genre(s): Progressive Metalcore
Location: Southampton, UK
PSAB: Why did you choose the name “Fraktions” for your band?FT: When we
started out about a year and a half ago, we used to be called ‘Talllon’
but the 3 ‘l’s caused a lot of confusion with the pronunciation so we
decided to change it. After a lot of brainstorming we agreed to rename
ourselves FRAKTIONS to fit the increasingly technical material we are
currently working on. It also ticks the one word plural box which we
like the sound of.

PSAB: How was the feedback for your moderately new EP Momentum?

FT: It’s
been really positive. After slaving over it for months we’re delighted
with the final product, especially the production. It was produced by
Richard Gibson who did a fantastic job considering the small time frame
we gave him. We’re waiting on a couple of reviews at the moment so keep
an eye out for them.

PSAB: If you had the choice to sign to any label, which label would that be and why?

FT: That’s
a tough one! I guess Basick Records because they have a stunningly
progressive roster and we’d love to be on a British Metal label that
really values musicianship, creativity and groove. The idea of playing
gigs with bands like Skyharbor, Uneven Structure and No Consequence
tingles our djentacles! To sign to Sumerian Records or Subliminal Groove
Records would also be awesome.

PSAB: How is the local metal scene in Southampton, UK?

FT: It’s
pretty good for a the size of the city. Advanced Promotions always seem
to pull big metal acts to Southampton. Recently we’ve had lots of
successful modern metal acts such as Thy Art Is Murder, Heart of a
Coward, Architects, Northlane and Stray From The Path all play here.
Born of Osiris are coming to Southampton soon as well. There’s a few
venues that are happy to put on metal nights every now and again such as
Joiners, Talking Heads and Avondale House. Last year we were able to
support Circles (Basick Records) on the album release show of their UK
tour in Southampton which was incredible. However generally speaking, it
is tough to get noticed and on some of the bigger bills with the
internationally touring metal bands unless you have management or a
label.

PSAB: Which bands play the most influence on your music?

FT: When
I created the band, my main aim was to combine the impact of techy
metalcore riffs with progressive elements and the djent riffing style.
So basically a fusion of August Burns Red, Misery Signals and Architects
with bands like Periphery, Monuments and TesseracT with a hint of the
ambient alternative metal of Deftones. Another huge influence on my
writing style are Between the Buried and Me. The way they effortlessly
switch genres is something I wanted to incorporate into our music. We
have a cheeky jazzy/swing section in the middle of our song ‘Parachutes
Are Overrated’ which is inspired by BTBAM’s ‘Prequel to the Sequel’ off
‘Colors’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn5xKJFl7NE (5:15)

PSAB: Do you have any shout outs to give to the readers out there?

FT: I’d
like to give a shout out to our friends in ‘A Formal Horse’ and
‘Ariyah’ two awesome bands who supported us at our EP launch gig on the
23rd Feb. I’d also like to thank everyone that’s supported us so far and
especially to those people who have bought an EP! To anyone who hasn’t
heard of us before if you like the sound of it you can listen to our EP
for free here: http://fraktions.bandcamp.com/ Cheers for the interview
Micah.

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