Escape the Fate Rids Musical Boredom
Escape the Fate Rids Musical Boredom
By Dr. Morgan
It’s tough being in a band. It’s even tougher when you’re in a “hot, young rock band” that is currently trekking across the globe in support of one of the most popular metal bands in Bullet for My Valentine. But, when you’re Escape the Fate, you have the capability to take that task head on.
The band—which is rounded out by guitarist/vocalist Craig Mabbit, singer Monte Money, bassist Max Green and drummer Robert Ortiz—are dropping their third album, Escape the Fate, on November 2. The self-titled third effort sees the band combining the party-inducing sounds of Motley Crue and Guns ‘N’ Roses with the heavier pounding of Stone Sour or their tour mates. Escape the Fate is a solid staple for guys and girls who want to party hard and rock out.
Ortiz gave us a peek into what life is like as a hard rocker, what went into the crafting of the band’s third album, and his humble opinion on how it turned out.
Cliq Magazine: You’ve been out on the road for a significant amount of time now with Bullet for My Valentine. How’s the tour gone?
Robert Ortiz: It’s OK man. I don’t know. It’s like our band is like, I don’t know. There’s all the potential in the world, in our band. We can do whatever we want as long as we can f***ing stick together as a team. This is our first real bus tour and it was weird. We weren’t comfortable; we were used to being home. At one point we didn’t really enjoy each other that much. As it went on we got used to it. Issues came up in the middle of the tour that could have derailed the movement of the whole thing and it’s really f***ed up.
I don’t want to say what went down because that’s between our band, but stuff happened that jeopardized the future of this band. We elected to come together and work it out and we’re stronger.
CM: It’s always good to overcome adversity and grow stronger. You’ve had a fairly rapid rise in popularity with three albums already under your belt. Have you had the opportunity to sit back and enjoy it yet?
RO: Dude, we don’t know how to relax. I can tell you, as a person, I feel like I’ve lost the ability to relax. I can’t sit still. I actually had an extended amount of time off this year. The time when I was at home and I had time to enjoy it and I didn’t know what to do; I felt lost. A part of me really liked to be away from the band and the other part of me felt like a loser. I can’t just take a vacation; it’s the last thing I wanted to do was travel…But now I’m home and I didn’t know what to do with myself. I’m understanding how to enjoy it and how to be OK with leaving home. The lifestyle of a musician and touring is totally different; there’s nothing else like it. It’s for fun and it brings me joy, but when I’m home it’s difficult to enjoy it because I’m not doing what I enjoy and what makes me happy. It’s difficult. I’m learning how and once we get to the end of it and we’re all burnt out and hating things about ourselves. But we had a goal in mind. We kept it together to make the album and we stayed passionate about it to make ourselves strong…We’ve managed to make some money and we wanted to buy things but we had no place to put them. We don’t have homes. I have nowhere to go, you know. I have this money and no way to enjoy it.
It’s a bit different, but as you get older you learn to balance it and learn to be OK with being on the road and you learn to be OK with having one day off and at home. I used to stress out so much because I only had one day at home and I can’t rest because there’s things I have to do and spend so much time with my girlfriend. I have to learn, it’s going to take a while. It’s a process; it’ll probably take my whole life.
CM: Your new album, Escape the Fate, was unleashed upon the masses. Did you have any specific goals or directions you wanted to take with the album and, if so, do you think you got there?
RO: I’ve never had mediocre intentions with this band. We set our sights high; no limitations. That’s why everything we’ve done is so diverse because our minds are f***ing all over the place. We enjoy pop music. We enjoy metal; we enjoy shredding. It’s interesting and unique. To say that we achieved what we wanted is such an understatement. I’m overwhelmed with it. I cannot believe how good this f***ing album turned out. When I hear some of the songs I think, “Are you kidding me?” This is my band, but how the f*** did we do this?
When I first started doing these interviews I had to reach out to the label so I could figure out how to not sound arrogant. I’m so stoked on this album I’m coming off like a cocky a**hole. I can’t lie to you; this is the best album I’ve ever heard. Every song is my favorite. I listen and just go, “F*** man, how did we do this?” I’m trying not to sound arrogant, because I listen to this as a fan. When you listen as a musician you hear all the technical stuff. But listening as an outsider I get really excited listening to it; I can’t stop. It’s so rad. You asked if there was a direction, but there’s never a direction. We do what we feel like and it seems like the planets aligned. The direction just sort of happened. We took all of our influences and just channeled it into this album.
We want to change the world; we want to make a lot of people happy. Now we did it and let’s celebrate. I think we made the best album ever and I think it shows.
CM: You mentioned that every track is your favorite, but of all the tracks on Escape the Fate, are there any that just scream a little bit louder to you?
RO: Of course. Honestly, every track is my favorite but the ballad “World Around Me,” when I hear that I just can’t believe that it’s our band. I listen to it and go, “Is that my drums on there?” When I listen to this song I get this feeling that I haven’t felt since I was six years old, in my parent’s living room watching the TV and watching the “November Rain” video—when Slash walked out of that church and started playing that solo—that’s the feeling I get when I listen to this. I can’t really explain it. It’s just something that’s so timeless about it. It’s the closest you can get to perfection in a song; to me.
For me, personally, a ballad is something that shows a band is really trying. Those songs, they’re going to be the proudest, the most different from everything else they’re doing. They write an upbeat tempo song or they write a pop song that you can sing along to. But when they put out that ballad they want to convey a serious emotion. We did it in a way that kept it from being a pussy ballad. It’s not boring. I love that song. It screams to me the loudest. When I die, I hope people will know that that song was attached to my name.
CM: Before I let you get back to tearing it up on stage, are there any parting words you’d like to give to the impressionable college minds?
RO: Get the album. Listen to it. I don’t care what you do. I don’t care if you download it. I don’t care if you get it off your friend’s iTunes. Buy it; it would help if you bought it. Taylor Swift is just owning the f***ing charts and, not to diss her in any way, but I think it would be really rad to see a young, hot rock band to get up there. You know?
CM: I agree with you.
RO: Get the album.