Canadians Merdarahta, featuring Fuck The Facts’ Topon Das and Melanie Mongeon, recently released their new album, As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset, on January 20. The band also features members of The Sun Through A Telescope, Mekhaya and others, and combines experimental ambient noise with doom and drone. In an interview with American Aftermath, Das discussed how Merdarahta came to be and how much of a departure it is from Fuck The Facts, as well as the writing process for As The Dark Clouds Swept Away We Could See The Sunset, the theme behind the album and more. Continue reading
If you’ve been reading this site for a while, you’d know I used to do Q&A’s with my good friend, and Fuck The Facts guitarist Topon Das a lot. It’s been a while since he and I have really talked, so I decided it was time to resurrect the “Talking With Topon” section of American Aftermath. So read on to find out about Fuck The Facts’ upcoming tour, new album and what Topon has been doing when not ripping that six-string.
I’m pretty sure I never mentioned Did You Just Hex Me? on this site before. I originally checked the band out because they’re last record was recorded with Topon Das of Fuck The Facts. He’s a homie and I love a lot of the bands that he’s worked with (Alaskan, Biipiigwan) but I never brought the band up because I didn’t listen to them much. It was until yesterday that I remembered this band and decided to check them out and what do I find out? They fucking broke up! What kind of shit is that? I want to get into a band and they call it quits a month before? Motherfucker!
It’s cool, I suppose. I mean, all of those dudes are extremely talented and I’m sure they’ll all come up with something and someone to jam with. I’m seriously not sure how to describe Did You Just Hex Me?. They have a very extensive sound; death metal, metalcore, mathcore. I wouldn’t call this deathcore, but you might. It’s strange but I dig it. Check ‘em out below and listen to more on their Facebook page and if you are into them, you can download their 2011 album (the one recorded by Topon Das) right here for free! Download it. It’s a pretty killer slab of metal. Enjoy.
~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.
A while back, I got in touch with Topon Das and he agreed to listen to 10 tracks that I sent him and give his input on said tracks. I sent him the tracks with no identification whatsoever. Here is what he had to say about these tracks (with the titles and artists now given):
Ross asked me to listen to these tracks and write some sort of a review of these songs without knowing what the band is. I gave it a bunch of listens and quickly realized I’m not suited to write reviews, so basically here’s me trying to guess what band it is.
I am really considering giving this guy a permanent column on the blog. I have done a shitload of interviews with him since I started this blog back in September. He is one of the coolest and most down to earth people I’ve even talked to. I can also say that, since I was a kid, I’ve been telling people, “just you watch. One day, I’m gonna do something with my life.” What did I accomplish in 2010? I interviewed a lot of my favorite bands. I’ve listened to killer fucking music. I am in a magazine (fucking Decibel!) and Topon Das turned me into a cartoon. Fucking amazing. And with no further delay, here is my most recent interview with Fuck The Facts guitarist, Topon Das:
Tell me a little about the new EP.
It’s basically a bonus CD that’ll come with the vinyl version of our next full-length album, ‘Die Miserable’. These songs were still in the early stages when we recorded ‘Die Miserable’ almost a year ago. We recently got around to finishing them and decided to record them for this bonus instead of keeping them around for the next album. I guess we’re kind of cleaning the slate of what is the ‘Die Miserable’ writing sessions, so when it comes time to get another album together it’ll be more of a fresh start.
How was the recording process?
A lot more fun than recording ‘Die Miserable’, that’s for sure. We really went in more relaxed and had a bit more of a flexible schedule that actually included some downtime, so it gave us time to be more creative in the studio and actually write a bunch of stuff for the EP on the spot, which is pretty rare for us. We usually go in with a pre-production and a really solid idea of how things will be. We had a pre-production, but we left a lot of stuff open to see how it would come together, and it turned out to be probably one of the most enjoyable and creative times I’ve ever had musically.
When can we expect the full length?
Hopefully it’ll get released sometime in the spring of 2011. Craig Boychuk is mixing it right now out in Winnipeg. It’s kind of a slow process the way we go about it, but it’s the only way we can be sure we’re 100% happy with the final result.
Are there upcoming tour plans for support of the album?
Staring in February we’ll be doing regional weekends to celebrate our ten-year anniversary and we’ll be playing songs from our entire catalog over the past 10 years, including some new shit from ‘Die Miserable’. But we won’t have the album by then. The only tour we got planned now will start in mid-April, and will be about a month heading through the northern US and then western Canada with KEN Mode. We’re not really making any album tour plans now, since the release date is still really up in the air. But we’ll be hitting the road a decent amount in 2011 regardless.
What else have you been up to besides working with FTF?
With the small studio we’re setting up to record Fuck The Facts shit, I also started recording some other bands. I recorded the bands Alaskan, Biipiigwan, Did You Just Hex Me? & Hamilton this year and I’m already got bands lined-up to record in 2011. I also started a music blog called ‘Kingdom Of the Dead’, where I post old tapes and records from defunct/unknown bands from back in the day. You can check it out here: http://deadkingdom.blogspot.com
You mentioned in our last interview that your first grind record was Brutal Truth. Have you heard about Decibel Mag’s Flexi Disc Series? The first of which is a few never-before-heard Brutal Truth tracks?
I think I heard about it, but I never checked it out. I’m pretty happy to just keep listening to ‘Need To Control’ over and over again.
You also mentioned that you liked Kill The Client. I’ve heard their live performance is killer. Have you had a chance to see them?
Yeah, we got the chance to play a few shows with them and when we play Dallas we usually see some of them there. Great dudes and just straight up hammer to your head grindcore. Morgan says some of the best shit between songs as well. My favorite was something like “Earn your scene points and go the fuck home.”, to some douche kid near the front of the stage.
Who are a few more newer grind bands that you have gotten into?
Not new, but I more recently discovered and got into Magrudergrind. I’m really bad at discovering new music, I’m just too busy with my own shit and I never really get around to checking anything out unless a friend recommends it.
Your top 5 albums of all time?
Mars Volta – De Loused in the Comatorium
Pile Driver – Heavy Electricity
Mr. Bungle – Disco Volante
The Black Heart Procession – Six
Secret Chiefs – Book M
Ross Gnarly: Is there a story behind the name “Fuck The Facts” or is it just a random, gnarly name?
Topon Das: I got it from John Zorn’s Naked City. It’s a title of one of the songs on the album. I was really into that stuff at the time, and that name just jumped out at me. It really summed well what I wanted to do with this project.
RG: FTF started as a solo project of yours. What were those days like?
TD: Really just a shit load of trial and error; I had shitty gear, I never actually really played guitar before or did vocals and I was just trying to make it all work. Definitely the first few recordings are rough around the edges to say the least but these are the steps I needed to make to learn. It was probably around 1999/2000, that I actually was doing something that I think was good. But then the band version of Fuck The Facts started, and it was back to square one.