Introduce us to your band!
Fear Incorporated have had several line ups since 2008 and over our 7 albums but the current line is myself, William Westwater and Berwyn Waddon both of us feature in the line ups of Exit Strategy and Voodoo Bible also.
How did you guys start out?
The band was originally formed by myself and Cam Campbell from the legendary Gothic band ‘Sex Gang Children’. We recruited Terry MaCleay from SGC too and then Lex Luther from ‘Demented Are Go’. We agreed that the topics of our music would be focused on dark and fearful themes and I came up with the name Fear Incorporated-the rest, as they say, is history.
Describe your band’s sound
It has been described as many things, but we like to call it ‘Theatre Macabre-Avant Garde’ Music-due to its theatrical and dark cabaret sound at times.
What influences your craft?
Horror, anything sinister and avant-garde, occult and metaphysical themes, myths and folklore and of course fear itself!
What makes your band different?
We have our own unique sound that changes from album to album depending on the theme of the release at the time. For example our 3rd album ‘Dark Carnival’ was written using old circus/fairground sounds and music and our 4th ‘Cloak And Dagger’ had a Steampunk, Victorian and vintage feel and sound to the instrumentation to outline and help describe characters such as Sweeney Todd, Jack The Ripper and similar villains who featured in that album. If people like expecting the unexpected and have a penchant for dark alternative music then I would say Fear Incorporated may be their phial of poison.
When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
As our sound changes from album to album then it would really be a song from each one that would be required to fully appreciate our music. However, I would suggest ‘Sawney’s Cave’ from our first album of the same name and ‘Ouija Board’ from our 7th and current album for beginners to help them into the evil swing of things.
What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
We try not to perceive our musical career as to have potential hurdles or struggles but see these as positive experiences to develop and grow by – we have had our ups and downs – however, nothing worthy of note for the latter and we have been lucky in the way the fate of the band has manifested really.
What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
I think forming a label for Fear Incorporated and our other alternative projects entitled ‘Sacred
Realm Records’ would be the most useful as this has given us more independence – it has been
more expensive naturally but it’s hard to find the right record label these days.
Fear Incorporated have been with several – all of which have been very good but having your own label gives you more freedom and control. We were also very happy when Mick Mercer voted us no 1 in his top 100 albums for ‘Sawney’s Cave’ back in 2011.
How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
The plans are to keep releasing digital and physical albums on the Sacred Realm Records whilst appearing on compilation albums on other record labels. Our fan base is growing as is our radio airplay over the years which is always good.
When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
Fear Incorporated as a whole would like to be remembered as dark musical narrative of the world’s fears and terrors – sometimes sardonic, always sinister. We want to be recognised as a band that took dark esoteric themes and turned them into something haunting but entertaining for our listeners to enjoy.