Artist of the Week Interview: Failure
Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:04:55
Ken Andrews takes us all the way down the rabbit hole of Failure's epic new full-length The Heart Is A Monster, arriving June 30...
Our Artist of the Week Failure releases The Heart Is A Monster on June 30 through the artist services division of INgrooves Music Group. In case you didn't know, it's the Los Angeles alternative rock outfit's very first album since the now classic 1996 opus Fantastic Planet. However, the musicians Ken Andrews [lead vocals, guitar, bass, programming, mixing, mastering], Greg Edwards [guitar, bass, keyboards], and Kellii Scott [drums, percussion] didn't simply attempt to capture old glories. The Heart Is A Monster pumps blood, sweat, tears, and newfound wisdom into ethereal anthems that remain both masterfully mind-blowing and elegantly entrancing. It's a record that swings through the entire emotional spectrum, and it's easy to hear why they had such a big impact on everyone from peers like Tool to young guns such as Paramore. The Heart Is A Monster is the perfect new chapter for their legacy. So, we spoke to Ken Andrews of Failure in detail about the album, how things have changed since the nineties, movies, and so much more in this exclusive interview.
It feels like you picked up where you left off, but it also feels like you're moving forward on The Heart Is A Monster.
Yeah, I know exactly what you mean. I don't know how on purpose that was, or if it just happened because all of this s*** has happened in between making Fantastic Planet and this record. It's been everything from personally to on a global music level. So much stuff has happened that I don't think we could've made a copy of Fantastic Planet. You know what I mean? This is album is where we are at right now in our headspace.
What has the process been like? Has it been overly emotional or somewhat natural? What's your headspace?
I would say it just about covers the gamut. There have definitely been some emotional moments for sure, not so much when we were making the record in the studio, but live feeling the love from the fans. People just didn't totally get us when we were doing this stuff in the nineties. It was like we had fans, but there wasn't the kind of depth of understanding that's going on now. That part has been pretty emotional for me live.
The last show we did was in the UK, and we had never played there very much. I think we had done one tour there in the nineties. The label that was over there supporting us couldn't have cared less that we were even over there. There was no real connection made. All of the fans who came to the show were new fans who had been made through this whole word-of-mouth thing during the big break. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the fact that they had to get into it on their own without anybody marketing it to them, if that makes any sense. Their appreciation of it is so high it's hard to really know why. We ended up playing some of the old songs at that show in the UK. It was pretty gnarly for me.