Weaving The Fate Talk "Rack City"
Mon, 12 Mar 2012 14:00:57
Weaving The Fate might have made the heaviest party anthem ever with their infectiously invasive cover of Tyga's "Rack City".
It's got a detuned crunch so explosive it could set off a party of Project X proportions. We're not kidding. The South Carolina quartet twist and turn a slick hip hop bounce into moshpit-inducing groove metal. Frontman Brian Conner sounds uncaged and undeniable as he rolls through the verses with impressive bravado and screams the hook vibrantly. This is the ultimate 21st century party starter…
In this exclusive interview with ARTISTdirect.com editor in chief Rick Florino, Weaving The Fate mainman talks "Rack City" and so much more…
How did your version of "Rack City" come about?
DJ Able One used to always play the original during breaks in our set or before our shows. People would just go nuts so we decided to make our own version. We had a blast with it. It was an excuse to break out the seven-string guitar and get a little dirty with it [Laughs]. It's a whole step lower too. I love combining that thickness with all of the technological aspects Able brought to the song like the dubstep elements and keyboard.
What did you bring to the song?
It comes from me lyrically. I changed around a few words to make it come from my heart. It was funny, and we had a great time doing it. It's "Rack City" Weaving the Fate-style.
What's your interpretation of "Rack City" or story for it?
Our bass player Bobby Dredd told me that "Racks" are a thousand dollars, and it's a strip club thing—like hollering at girls. It's essentially a fun party song for me though. If you're going to do a cover, you might as well do it as if you'd written it yourself. Otherwise, there's no reason to touch on it because it's good the way it was.
Did you guys grow up listening to hip hop?
Definitely! When we're rolling, to my dismay sometimes, our van is nothing but hip hop. Between Bobby and Able, that's all that gets blasted on our iPods. Able has always got the latest remixes and hard-to-get rarities. We're big Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Eminem fans. They're really hip on what's going on in that journey. Because of them, I'm pretty educated on a lot of it. Through high school, it was punk rock and metal. Then, hip hop took the place of it. I went back and forth.
Has this new take on "Rack City" influenced other writing?
Yeah, it's pretty cool! On this, I played all of the guitars as I usually do. When we've been playing it live, we've been getting another guitarist to play the parts. It introduced me to a whole new writing style. I don't have to play guitar on every single song. I can record more complicated riffs that aren't easy to sing and play at the same time. Then, I can just focus on singing which is really fun actually and let someone else play the riffs. It gives me more opportunity to explore the vocals. Normally, I've got my guitar in hand for every single song.
Can you delve into "Str8 to the Bottom"?
That's a really special song too, and I've always loved it. "Str8 to the Bottom" heavier, and I thought it was a great way to introduce Weaving the Fate and let people know we are a rock band and have an element of heaviness. The song is about something that everyone struggles with in life. It's basically the battle between good and evil. You sometimes have dark thoughts like anxiety, anger, and depression which you have to fight. You've got to protect yourself from them and your loved ones as well. We try to embrace everything that inspires us.
What heavy bands do you always come back to?
I love the groove aspect of Pantera, and I dig Korn. We're playing with Korn May 5, and I'm super excited about that. When I was in third grade, I had an acoustic guitar, and my brother taught me "Sanitarium" by Metallica. Metallica was big in our family. My brother was hardcore into them, and he got me a signed t-shirt on the …And Justice For All tour so I was pretty stoked as a kid about that.
Is it important for you to tell stories with the songs?
I feel like you should always be as honest as possible lyrically. The more sincere you are, people will relate to it more.
Have you heard Weaving The Fate's "Rack City" yet?