Day 26: Meeting The Band
Failure - Fantastic Planet
This may get a little drawn out, so apologies in advance.
Failure are such a huge deal for me, despite not knowing who they were at the time of this record coming out. It was through listening to Cave In and their cover of Magnified that I first discovered them some years later.
When things started heating up for their reunion, I had a slight hope but still didn’t think I would see them in this life time. It also prompted me to essentially write a love letter to this record when I was doing things for Punktastic.com. It actually got back to the band, which meant a lot and when they eventually came here I was offered the chance to interview them. Sadly, that didn’t happen thanks to a hospital trip. Fast forward 5 months, and I’d somehow also managed to catch them in Albuquerque while on holiday, and while I was there they announced they were coming back to the UK in December that year. I emailed everyone under the sun to see if I could get some sort of interview with them. Sure enough, I pulled it off and got to spend 45 minutes shooting the shit with Ken Andrews in person. I don’t get star struck, people are people, but it was an absolute pleasure to pick the brains of someone I admired for a long time. It turned out to be - in my opinion - one of the best interviews I ever did, and a moment I’ll cherish forever.
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