Interview by Si Smith
Fateless Tears hail from New Mexico, and considering that their first release was in 2005, it is no mean feat to have released their FIFTH full-length in 2010. When you throw into the mix a number of successful singles and an active side project, the illustrious pairing of Richard and S.Lee proves to be a phenomenon of great substance in the metal world. Femme Metal stole some of their precious time to uncover more….
Having featured on our “Ferocity and Femininity” compilation, and been reviewed and interviewed by Femme Metal already, there must be still some more we need to know! For a start, it is clear from your back-catalogue that you both have great musicality. How did you both get involved in the music at the start? Did you always know that this was what you wanted to do?
Richard: I knew pretty early on that music was something I wanted to pursue. I have several relatives who have played guitar and sang. One of my uncles has released a few country music albums, while another co-wrote and played on a couple of country music hit singles back in the ’70s. I knew that I wanted to carry on their tradition, albeit doing it my own way in rock and metal instead of country.
S. Lee: I do not think that I have ever known a world without music and song. My mother sang to me, around me and with me. Wandering around singing little songs that I had heard, learned, or thought up are some of my earliest memories. As soon as I could write well, poems and lyrics as well as short stories and drawing became central focuses of my free time. I am not assured that any of these activities were truly separate from one another. I am told that I often sang in my sleep as a small child.
I believe that since we last spoke to you Paul has now joined you as a full member of the band. How has that affected the dynamic of the band, in the writing, recording and also the live setting?
Richard: Funny how that works… while Paul was a full member for “The Chaise”, he went back to being a guest artist on our albums shortly after its release. Unfortunately, due to his very busy schedule, he was unable to be part of FT full-time. He is one of my closest friends and he will continue to have guest spots on our albums. Regrettably, he doesn’t have the time to be more than a listening ear and helping hand. Chris from Amadeus & Demise of Gideon also guests on our albums covering vocal duties and some guitar. They are both very important to S.Lee and I, and we really appreciate their help on our music.
Richard, you have been active on The Demise of Gideon recently. Would you like to tell us about it? How does it relate to your work in Fateless Tears?
Well, one day I looked into my “Riffs” folder and I had a whole album worth of riffs that I felt were more in the vein of old school thrash metal. I didn’t feel that they worked well for FT. At the same time, Chris and I started talking about doing a project together. Four months later, the album was done. It ended up being sort of an old school thrash/prog/death album. “Twingence”, the 28 minute, seven-part epic, is one of my proudest moments as a composer/songwriter. Through it, S. Lee provided vocals on “Adagio”, “Rondo” and “Coda”. “Adagio” became part of the new album, because it is very much in the FT vein and we felt it would be a nice addition to the album.
The first song on the new album, “Primary” is a new song. Could you tell us a little about it?
Richard: “Primary” was originally written for the new FT album, on which we are currently working. When we signed with Blue Freya, Karl, S. Lee, and I wanted to get something new out there, especially out in digital shops like iTunes and Amazon. Consequently, we pulled “Primary” from the new album, as it was the song most completed and pushed it forward to HWYHBM.
S. Lee: The lyrics in “Primary” are very much a reflection on the dichotomy between the subconscious and conscious world within one’s mind, thoughts and actions. I hope that they convey the truth of pieces of ourselves that we must subsume and the duality of faces we must assume to cope with and navigate the pressures, uncertainties, and pitfalls in the waking world. For me, “Primary” captures the essence of our true self, an ideal self, that is only unrestrained and dominant in sleep wherein we reconnect with who we are and rejuvenate to face daily life challenges.
Independent Release /Renaissance Records (Distribution)
Review by Tony Cannella
I first became aware of the Australian duo known as Temujin through their MySpace site. After hearing a little bit of what they had to offer, I was intrigued to say the least. Now several months after that initial introduction to this band, I finally got my grubby little hands on their debut CD “1000 Tears”. The band line up is as follows: Kelly (Vocals & keyboards) and Karl (Guitars, bass & drums). Even though there are only two members in the band, they have a big sound. The album begins with “Find Me”. A strong opener that really sets the pace for what is to come. Next is the title track “1000 Tears”. It features a nice steady riff throughout and the vocals of Kelly are both sweet and angelic and also very emotional and haunting. The next track “So Near” starts off slow, but quickly developes into a strong mid-tempo number that also features a monster guitar riff throughout the song. This was one of the highlights for me. Next up we have “Let You Go”. Another tour de force that keeps the momentum going in the right direction. Next up is the two minute instrumental “Spiral”. Other highlights include: “Down”, “Blue Jay”, “Haunted” and “Throwing Stones” but I can go on. There is not one bad song in the bunch. The musicianship is first rate. The vocals of Kelly are breath taking. She also writes very good, well thought out lyrics. When all is said and done “1000 Tears” features 13 songs and 56 minutes worth of music, that is haunting and atmospheric and beautiful. “1000 Tears” is an album of well crafted songs that will leave the listener hungry for more. I know I look forward to hearing more from this band.
Rating – 90/100
- Find Me
- 1000 Tears
- So Near
- Let You Go
- Blue Jay
- All of You
- Throwing Stones
- Heart and Soul
- Kelly Lean – Vocals & Keyboards
- Karl Lean – Guitars, Bass & Drums
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