National Rock Review Managing Editor Dave Ball spoke with Zach Ferrin of the slef described “theatrical-scamp-rock” band, Fable Cry, earlier this year.
The Nashville-based group released their first full-length, self-titled album in 2011 and sophomore album, Weâ€™ll Show You Where the Monsters Are, in August 2015.
Lead vocalist Zach Ferrin wrote most of the music and lyrics for both Fable Cry and Weâ€™ll Show You Where the Monsters Are along with playing a variety of instruments like cello and banjo for the albums. Ferrin described the origins of their staple rich, dark, and circus-like imagery.
â€œWe started the band with the desire to be our own and do the things we want to see and in videos,â€ said Ferrin. â€œItâ€™s hard to pinpoint where it comes from. Metal bands like Iron Maiden, Irish music like the Dubliners and Irish punk like Flogging Molly, Tim Burton definitely show through too. Mostly bands that went beyond the album with their theatrics influenced us.â€
Fable Cryâ€™s performances go far beyond just theatrical set pieces. Ferrin said that the characters their members play on stage arenâ€™t just an act or mere theatrics.
â€œItâ€™s an amplification of a part of me. I feel myself, but itâ€™s an exaggeration of that side of me,â€ said Ferrin. â€œItâ€™s a caricature of myself. It’s not necessarily an alter ego or character, but an exaggeration of whatâ€™s already there and letting that out.â€
Ferrin stressed the importance of the theatrics to the musical experience as a whole. Ferrin believes that performance and music go hand-in-hand. The bandâ€™s purpose is to bridge the gap between audience and performer.
â€œA lot of bands donâ€™t require [theatrics], and thatâ€™s fantastic and respectable,â€ said Ferrin. â€œI do think some bands get lazy with the entertainment aspects of it. You might as well just listen to the album at home if the performance isnâ€™t doing something for me, personally.â€
Ferrin said the songs act as characters as well. Either telling a pre-existing story to portray personal experiences or creating their monsters.
â€œThe Good Doctorâ€™ is essentially the Frankenstein tale, but also related to being an artist of any kind,â€ said Ferrin. â€œYouâ€™re taking this conglomeration of parts and creating this monster, creating this art and hoping it was going to be this profound invention to the world, and you donâ€™t know until you let it loose.â€
Fable Cry work to create a personal and theatric experience is only beginning. Ferrin said the band plans to make performances bigger and better when they have the means.
â€œWe have done a lot of horror-circus themed shows and collaborations with circuses, burlesques, and actors on stage,â€ said Ferrin. â€œWeâ€™d love to have huge puppets, pyrotechnics, hidden doors on the stage, rotating stages, our ideas are endless. Itâ€™s going to be far bigger.â€
It will be a busy year for Fable Cry. You can catch Ferrin and the rest of the band at New Yorkâ€™s Northside Fest and local Nashville venues this summer. The band plans a short tour from St. Louis to New Orleans this fall and hopes to create new material in the Winter.
â€œWeâ€™re wanting to take the band as far as we can,â€ said Ferrin. â€œThis is very much our baby and want it to grow as much as it can.â€
New drummer, new music, new stage performances, and a revamped website are in store. It looks likeÂ Fable Cry fansÂ have a lot to look forward to this year.
Article by Ashlee Krawczyk based on recorded interview by Dave Ball.