One of the best new bands of the last couple of years are undoubtedly
fulc, as Kerrang! and Metalhammer would gladly testify. I had a very
brief chat with lead guitarist and thoroughly nice chap Rik Clay while
he was on the way to rehearsals
AD: Hi Rik. Its been quite a while since you gigged with my old
band at The Shed in Leicester. How far do you feel youve come
RC: Oh, weve come on LOADS since then, not just in terms of
our live show, but also the songwriting has changed a lot and developed.
I think were a lot tighter now as well
AD: What differences do you think there are now then?
RC: I think the melodies are a lot stronger now and the sound is
not as raw as it once was. Its probably more dramatic and weve
put a lot of extra colour into each of the songs one of them
has even got a cello on it!
AD: Blimey, I must have missed that one!
RC: Its quite low down in the mix, but you can hear it and
youd miss it if you couldnt.
AD: So, what made you decide to put out a six track e.p. rather than
RC: We just wanted to put out something a little more substantial
than just a few tracks let everyone know were still around
and better than ever. Plus we wanted to bridge the gap between Biting
Insomnia and the new album as well.
AD: So at what stage will you be prepared to quit your day jobs?
RC: When the money starts rolling in!
AD: Well that was a short, sweet answer! I guess it WAS pretty obvious
though! What are your short and long term plans then?
RC: Short term were going to be trying to break Europe by
touring and releasing stuff over there, and then doing all the UK festivals.
Longer term, were hoping to start writing and recording stuff
for our second album.
AD: Silly question time. If a war broke out between all the various
fruits of the world, whose side would you be on and why?
Ill have to think about that for a minute
know! A starfruit just because they look hard!
AD: Fair comment. Now, what exactly is the idea behind the lyrics
of Embrace. Destroy?
RC: Youll have to ask Duane that one not that hell
tell you! All his lyrics are from his own personal experience and he
likes to keep them to himself. We all have our own theories on what
theyre about, but theyve definitely got a deep down meaning.
I love that track though its probably my favourite from
the new e.p. because theres so much light and shade and it shows
perfectly how much of a progression weve made.
AD: Ok, so finally can you sum fulc up in five words?
RC: Dirty, sexy averted rock music.
And you know what? Thats just about the most perfect description
you could make of this excellent four piece. So go on, embrace them;
if you destroy them though, youll have ME to answer to! (I bet
youre quaking in your boots now!)
Interview - Tone E