The Fail Safe Project interview
One of the few positives to come out of the decimation of the music industry due to the advances in technology has been that great new bands can turn up anywhere. No more does a band need to be part of a big city cattle call. Spokane’s The Fail Safe Project is a prime example of big talent in a little city.
Metalholic caught up with Spokane’s next big breakout to talk about the upcoming debut album, the band’s origins, and the disturbing delicacy of bath water.
The quintet was formed in 2010 by former Five Foot Thick guitarist, George Silva along with drummer Joel Hiatt, bassist Lenny Fuson and young guitarist Tony Ari. With the foundation in place they simply needed a charismatic vocalist, and they found their man in Jimmy “Nuge” Arguello.
The Fail Safe Project wasted no time picking up speed. They garnered a slot on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Tour in 2011, and released their debut EP in early 2012. Silva shipped a copy off to his former record label, Eclipse Records who handles Mushroomhead, Bobaflex and Scum of the Earth to name a few. Eclipse snapped the band up immediately. This summer the group will release its 13-track, eponymous full length debut.
“We had this cool EP that was getting a great response from people, but it only had four songs on it. We began shopping it to different labels and most of the responses asked to hear more material, so we eventually went back and began laying down a few more tracks. After a while we kind of just decided to finish up a full 14 track album and release it independently ourselves. One day, just out of the blue – Chris Poland from Eclipse Records called me to follow up on a statement he sent detailing royalties due from back when I was in Five Foot Thick. We got talking, and he was real interested in my new band, so I sent him the EP and he offered us a deal within a couple a weeks!”
Label President Chris Poland continued:
“I was real happy to hear George was still playing, and had a new band. He was a pleasure to work with back when I had signed Five Foot Thick, so naturally I was really interested. When I heard The Fail Safe Project, I was totally blown away. While the band is quite different from FFT, they still have that heavy guitar edge I look for along with a fresh, different sound that can help distinguish them from the masses.”
The band really comes alive on stage, and anyone who has seen them perform can attest to their high energy attack. Whether opening for 20 people or headlining for hundreds, the band gives 110% each time they hit the stage. Every fan deserves the best, and The Fail Safe Project is determined to deliver to every one who took the time to support the band.
Check out our full interview below: