INTERVIEW by ZAK SLOMAN
Experienced Canadian five-piece Phear have a determination to make a mark on the worldwide metal scene with a unique sound that offers something to metalheads everywhere, as well as placing emphasis on live shows that will linger long in the memories of anyone who catches them perform.
Going further into detail about all this with me, as well as the band’s upcoming debut album, ‘Insanitarium’, was their frontman, Pat Mulock.
How did the band get together?
In 1998/99, I played in a local Canadian band called Rampage…I left to sing for Eidolon in 2000…. long story short, Rampage and I remained friends over the years. After Eidolon, I had basically retired from music, got married, but it was always in the back of my mind to play again.
Fast forward a few years, and unfortunately, my wife had passed away, so I found myself with time and the itch to do this again. I invited the Rampage boys over to discuss maybe doing this again.
Unfortunately, everybody’s schedule didn’t work because of other commitments, but we had enough to start something, so over time, we filled in the other players, and Phear was born.
How did the name Phear come about?
Because we were not the original members of Rampage, we decided we needed a new name. I came up with Fear, which I later remembered was actually a punk band in around 1977….. but we liked the name…Our guitarist recommended Phear, and that was its origin.
What are the band’s main musical influences?
Wow…. Phear’s musical influences. This is a long list, and varies per individual (laughs) You can definitely hear Iron Maiden and Judas Priest vocally in our music, as those gentlemen have shaped me, and continue to do so.
As far as the rhythm section, our drummer Chris is a massive groove player, so he would list the likes of KingX and Pantera as influences. Bass guitar….Bosh is a Metallica, Megadeth, Machine Head fan, etc…Can you see where I’m going here? It’s called thrash (laughs).
The guitarists have a massive range of influences. Graham leans toward Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Devin Townsend, whereas Pat’s main influences would be Pantera, Death, Steve Vai, Jimi Hendrix, see….all over the map (laughs).
Last year, you released an EP, entitled ‘The Curse Lives On’. How was the reaction to that?
‘The Curse Lives On’ was a great experience….we did our first cover song on it….Iron Maiden’s ‘The Rime of the Ancient Mariner’….a lot of work, but well worth it!
The fans have been amazing, and have shown great support, with fantastic comments on YouTube about the video. Think about it…. you are committed to watching a 15 minute song, however, we would like a lot more people to see and hear it!
We are extremely proud of what we did! We also did another original on that EP that’s a little different for us, a little Alice in Chains-ish song called ‘Dirty Work’, which also has a video for it.
There’s actually a little story relating to that…..we shot the video for ‘Dirty Work’ on the Saturday, filmed a interview on the Saturday evening, and shot the video for ‘Rime of the Ancient Mariner’ on the Sunday.
Again, this is what I mean by a lot of work…… but we love it!!!!
How is the overall experience for the band playing live?
It’s awesome! For a relatively new band, we have very big production values, what with lasers, smoke, strobes, moving lights, geysers, etc.
We said from day one….our live show should be an event, a moment, a memory, as there are so many talented bands out there, you need to stand out.
For us, it’s about putting on a show. We also have fun on stage. We do our best to be professional, but we have a great time playing music for our fans, and, as I always say to the guys before we go out there, have fun, because fun translates. If we are having fun, then the audience is having fun with us, and the response we have had for our live shows have been amazing!!!
What’s next for Phear?
Well, as you know, we recently signed with RFL Records, and we will be releasing a new album, ‘Insantiarium’, on November 30, so currently, we have a lot on the go.
Actually, as I’m answering this question, we are planning our photo shoot for the booklet that will go with the CD of the album, and we are also currently storyboarding a new video for our first single, ‘Fallen’.
We constantly update our website, so we can keep our fans informed of what we have going on. We have also written four songs for our next album, and we are working daily with the guys at RFL to make sure everything is complete and up-to-date. It’s very busy, but then again, it’s awesome!
When the dust settles a bit from all that, we will all sit down and discuss touring, when, where, etc, so there is currently a lot of excitement in both the Phear and RFL camps!
‘INSANITARIUM’, THE NEW ALBUM FROM PHEAR, WILL BE RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 30, VIA RFL RECORDS.
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