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Interview with The Wise Man’s Fears!

Genre(s): Metalcore
PSAB: Where did the band name “The Wise Man’s Fear” come from exactly?
TWMF: “The Wise Man’s Fear” comes from a fantasy novel by Patrick Rothfuss of the same name. The book chronicles the travels of a young musician as he finds himself and eventually becomes a powerful warrior. Extremely tough circumstances never stop him from achieving his goals, and he never lets his enemies get the best of him. We liked the message that name bore, and we also adapted it to serve an additional meaning: Pride. Wise men are always humble almost without exception, so we used the name to make a statement about the destructive power of pride and how truly wise men will do everything in their power to stay humble.
PSAB: How was the feedback when you released Ascend The Darkness? Are you still receiving feedback now?
TWMF: We had a lot of extremely positive feedback following the release of the EP! A lot of our friends and family knew we were having weekly band practices over the summer (2013) but were kind of surprised when we told them we had decided to record an EP at Whisper Studios. We still receive a good amount of feedback now from friends who hear it for the first time as well as a lot of strangers who have found it over the internet.
PSAB: You’re currently unsigned, if you could be signed to any record label, which label would that be and why?
TWMF: If we could be signed to any record label we would probably go with Rise, Sumerian, or Fearless Records because we’ve heard and read a lot of great things about those labels and we greatly look up to a lot of bands they have signed.

PSAB: What is the local metal scene like in Lafayette, Indiana?

TWMF: The local scene in Lafayette is somewhat of a mixed bag. Overall, it isn’t extremely vibrant with tons of kids going out of their way to make it to shows, but it certainly has a huge audience that is very receptive to metal. It’s a bit of a Catch 22 scenario in which kids can’t go to a ton of shows because there aren’t a lot of venues that host metal acts, so bands don’t play as often which discourages kids from going to shows etc., so a large number of local supporters remain trapped under the surface in a sense, waiting for a chance to attend shows. There are, however, some really great local acts that are pushing the envelope and starting to turn things around for the kids who are looking for it.

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

TWMF: We draw heavily from groups like The Word Alive, Memphis May Fire, Issues, Haste the Day, and City in the Sea, but we also each have really diverse tastes in music so groups like Fallout Boy, Mae, Motion City Soundtrack and similar artists have bearing on our influence as well.

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

TWMF: Our sincere thanks to our friend Joshua Spinas for supporting and helping us, Jeremy Mang of Whisper Studios for the expertise, advise, and input, Cory Hemp of Hempcore Entertainment for helping us get on shows, City in the Sea, Monstrous Me, Robot Face, and all the other acts we have played with for being really cordial and friendly. We also each thank our friends and family and especially Mrs. Dennis for enduring loud practices and sleepovers, as well as Pigsqueals and Breakdowns for interviewing us!

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