Just to get a few things straight right off the bat, the members of We are the Fury don’t have any plans for changing the world. They won’t push any political beliefs on you, and their music isn’t ridden with any hidden messages or ulterior motives.
Really, the band just wants to have a good time in hopes that others will hear
its music and do the same. Simply listening to the band’s vigorous, electro-rock
tunes may be validation enough, but frontman Jeremy Lublin says that in order
to get the full We are the Fury experience, it’s all about seeing them live.
"I think we owe it to our band and to the people that come to see us to put
on a show that’s energetic and fun," he says. "I hate going to
shows where I’m bored off my ass, and I wouldn’t want to put on a show
like that. With the Internet and DVDs, you can watch concerts on television, but
there’s a difference in going to a show and feeling like you’re part
Brought together by a common love for making music, the handful of childhood friends
began their quest as musicians by picking up a few instruments and rocking out
the only way they knew how – with some heavy metal.
But along with age came personal growth and better understanding and appreciation
for more classic styles of music.
"We got to the point where we were like ‘do we want to continue doing
something that we are used to, or do we want to do something that we actually
like,’" Lublin explains. "We wanted to stay true to our fans but
do something that was more us, so we started a band with the same people."
Turning away from the "harder stuff" the guys grew up on, resulted in
a danceable combination of glam rock and quirky post punk, that Lublin admits
initially had people in shock.
"We kind of got the backlash of it all but a lot of fans of our previous
band are starting to get what we are doing."
Other people are starting to get it too and East West Records, well, they got
it from the very start.
"A lot of labels seem to go after the same thing because if one person likes
it, they all like it. But we wanted a label that liked us regardless of what people
thought," Lublin says. "It’s important to us to have someone who
has the same vision as us and really gets what we’re doing."
Since releasing their debut EP, Infinite Jest, in January, these five purveyors
of fun – rounded out by Chris Hatfield on guitar, Alan Hoffar on bass, Stephan
Lublin on drums and Todd Wherlon on keyboards – have been taking on one city
at a time and are thrilled to be getting their name out beyond their hometown
of Toledo, Ohio.
"A lot of people are trying to get out of Ohio," says Lublin. "While
the music scene is versatile there’s not really any venues left for indie
bands to play."
Having just wrapped up a successful tour with Head Automatica, the band will be
making a quick stop at SXSW, before joining Matchbook Romance on select dates
of the Take Action Tour.
Although the band recognizes the significance behind the tour (to raise suicide
awareness) the band prefers to be known as a feel good, party band rather than a band
pushing a specific cause.
"We are not a political band … but at the same time, I think the most
important thing about our music is getting people involved and making them feel
like they are part of something, so we are always inviting people to come out
and have a good time," Lublin explains. "If you can be part of something,
I think you’re better off."
We are the Fury’s Infinite Jest is currently available. The band will release
its full-length album this summer. For more information, visit www.myspace.com/thefury
Music: Interview [We are the Fury]
We are the Fury: Call Them the Infinite Jesters
By Kym Parsons
Article posted on 2/27/2006
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