Interview: Forfeit Thee Untrue
This past week, I got to interview the Christian Groove Metal band, Forfeit Thee Untrue. They are awesome! Let's do this! Oh, PS. There is an interesting story about Metallica in there somewhere.
TBD: Who am I speaking to? (For the readers)
FTU: Mitch Pearson. I do lead guitar and some of the vocals on our new album.
TBD: Could you give a quick background on the band?
FTU: It started with Craig Palmer (drummer) and Sean Towsen (former guitarist) in 2006 as a jam session type thing. They came up with some good tracks, but needed a vocalist. They met Gideon Karsten (guitar and vocals) and asked if he would help them out with the vocal recording. He shortly after became an official member of the band. They needed another guitarist so that there could be a bass guitarist, so I met up with them and ended up joining. I played lead guitar, Sean played rhythm guitar, Palmer played drums, and Gideon did vocals and bass. In 2013, Sean had to step down from the band for personal reasons. We had auditions, and Eckard van Tonder became our new bass guitarist. As the band is today, Gideon Karsten (guitar and vocals), Craig Palmer (drums), Eckard van Tonder (bass), and Mitch Pearson (guitar and vocals).
TBD: What is your guys full discography?
FTU: We released our Blood Soaked Splinter EP in 2013 and now we released Cremationem Jesus Lacrimam, our first full length album, on the 1st of this month.
TBD: What does Cremationem Jesus Lacrimam mean?
FTU: "The Cremation of Jesus' Tears"
TBD: Ah that makes sense. You guys are the first band I've interviewed from overseas. What's South Africa like, culture wise?
FTU: The South African culture is very diverse. Many different music tastes. Unfortunately, the live metal scene in South Africa is fairly small, but there are amazing local bands that we have the honour of playing with. We sincerely hope that the live metal scene will continue to grow.
TBD: That seems very interesting. I think you guys are the only band that I've heard from South Africa
FTU: Have you heard Seether?
TBD: I've heard a lot about them, but never listened to them or researched them.
FTU: They came from South Africa.
TBD: I see. I just assumed that they were another American band. Guess not.
FTU: But bands that we love playing with in our local scenes are Adorned in Ash, Red Helen, Climate Control, One Day Sky, and there are a few other that are also great.
TBD: Sweet I'll have to look them up! Is Rottweiler the first record label you've been signed to?
FTU: No, we were first signed to Kansas based Sanctus Gladius Records 2013 with our EP album.
TBD: Interesting. I've heard the name Sanctus Gladius but it was radio station that played Christian metal
FTU: It would be so. To my knowledge, Sanctus Gladius only signs Christian bands.
TBD: Makes sense. I read the other day, your album just dropped the other day, and I was wondering if you guys were going to tour overseas or just locally?
FTU: We were very excited about the album being released! We had worked on it for about a year and a half. For now, touring will only be local.
TBD: Alright. Any plans to ever come over to the US and/or Canada?
FTU: It is definitely something we would love to do in the future, but no set plans at this point.
TBD: I see. Alright hope you guys get to!
FTU: We sincerely hope so.
TBD: Did your guys album come out digitally, physically or both?
TBD: Nice. What gear do you guys use?
FTU: That's the most fun question.
FTU: Our drummer uses Sonar drums. Guitar wise, we only use Schecter electric guitars. Gideon uses Hiwatt amps, and I use Kemper amps. Our bass guitarist uses Music Man basses and Ashdown bass amplifiers.
TBD: I'm a drummer myself, but I don't think I've heard of Sonar Drums.
FTU: They are pretty nice drums. Our drummer uses a Pearl snare though. The rest of the set is sonar.
TBD: Ok I'm definitely familiar with Pearl. Have any of you guys been in any other bands that people may know?
FTU: All my previous bands were very underground, but Gideon was in a fairly popular band called Relentless Mercy. And our bass, Eckard, has done a few gigs with a band called Chromium, who opened for Metallica when they came here.
TBD: Dang! That's a big gig! How did that transpire? Or was he not at that show?
FTU: No, he was not in that show. He played with them a few times after that.
TBD: Ah ok. Man that's still cool! What artists/bands have you been listening to lately?
FTU: Love and Death, Brian 'Head' Welch solo project, Oh Sleeper, Impending Doom, and some For Today. Other than that, it's instrumental stuff like Animals as Leaders and Conquering Dystopia. And you?
TBD: Yes! I love Love & Death, Impending Doom and For Today! I've been listening to Living Sacrifice, Scaterd Few, Death Requisite, Grace Like Winter and Vengeance Rising
FTU: I've heard of most of those. I definitely want to check out Grace Like Winter!
TBD: Grace Like Winter was kinda underrated. They were a Christian hardcore band in the late 90's and they were fronted by two girls. They're definitely interesting
FTU: That does sound very interesting.
TBD: Yeah. Well, is there anything else you want to say?
FTU: Just that we wouldn't have been able to get anywhere near this far if it had not been for Jesus, our Lord and Saviour. We don't take credit for this album or the band. It is for His honour and we do what we do only for the furthering of His Holy Word.
TBD: Amen. That's beautiful
FTU: It is only by His blessing that we have been able to come this far.
TBD: Yes sir! Thanks for talking to me man! It's been exciting!
FTU: No, thank you! I enjoyed it! Just for my curiosity, what happens to this interview info?
TBD: I will post it on my blog (link in bio) and promote it via my Twitter here and my Instagram (@metalworker14) and help get your guys name out there to the few people that read my blog
FTU: Wow, that's really cool of you man. Thank you!
TBD: Well thanks dude! I would try and do it one way or another!
So that was that! Never thought to hear about Metallica in this other than maybe the "What artists/bands" questions. That was a good interview and that dude was awesome! Check out their music on YouTube, Bandcamp and the aforementioned links in the interview, and follow the band on Facebook and Twitter! Oh also follow their record label, Rottweiler Records on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as Bandcamp.