-Interview- Fragments Of Existence (5/23/15)

Bloomsburg, PA based hardcore/deathcore band Fragments Of Existence gets interviewed and talks about their start in music, the local music scene and upcoming plans. Check it out below.

From: Bloomsburg, PA
Sounds like: Hardcore/Deathcore

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “Fragments Of Existence” and is there any meaning behind it?

All of us in the band have been in previous projects in the past as well playing musical instruments over 10+ years, Brian and Joey (guitarist and drummer) have established the sound from similar interests in many different bands. Joey came up with the name and it has a very deep meaning behind it. it is the center piece for the band itself. We took our interests in different bands from various genres and try to blend them with our style of hardcore/death core sound.

2. What do you want your listeners to take away from your music?

We use music as a means of creating art and being able to be yourself without judgment. Its the best way we all can express ourselves and we want our listeners to feel the same way. Create goals for yourself musically and strive for those goals.

3. What can people expect from your upcoming "The Theorist" EP? How did the cover art come about?

They can expect brutal drumming and catchy melodic guitar riffs with an evil sounding vocal style. It basically depicts the rebellion of a tyrannical government and civilians rising up against their oppressors. The idea came about when one of our friends wanted to make us a cover art and we pretty much came up with the idea on the spot.

4. What can people expect from your live show?

People can expect a lot from a Fragments of Existence show. You will witness synchronized headbanging with mosh pit dancing. The energy this band brings to a stage is enough adrenaline to bring down a elephant.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

These would be the absolute best bands any could share a stage with; Thy Art Is Murder, Volumes, and Barrier.

6. Any crazy show stories?

Our last show we had which was May 16th 2015 at Reverb in Reading, PA. It was the first time all of us in the band have ever been to the venue. Both Brian and Colby stayed up all night previous and still stayed awake in the car, the whole 2 hour drive down there and played the set. we stuck around for a couple bands that followed up after us and then we decided to hit the road home. About a hour and half into the ride home we were coming up over the mountain when a guy in a Mitsubishi eclipse wanted to try and fly around the Jeep. When he finally passed us and swerved over into our lane, he ended up fishtailing and almost put his car into the rock wall beside us.

7. What’s your take on the current state of death core?

There is just too much potential and not enough means for success. Over the years it is getting increasingly harder to get recognized as well as being labeled a "successful" band.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in the Pennsylvania both locally and state wide?

For us locally the scene is dead and has been for over 5 years now. We're located 2 hours away from places such as Allentown, Reading, and Philly. In the bands hometown there used to be a venue called Phillips Emporium on Main St. Every single weekend there was show going on and plenty of different bands coming in, even national bands. Over time the music scene for heavy music in our local area died off and is now a thing of the past. State wide I can imagine that the metal scene is doing alright. The band normally tends to play at the Croc Rock and also Reverb in Reading, PA.

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

It doesn't bother the band about either or just for the simple fact of, "hey you don't have enough money to purchase our music then here, its free." We don't care about the money and never formed the band due to the fact of money is all about the music and that's how it stays.

10. What’s next for Fragments Of Existence?

Coming out with a full length album and going on tour.

11. Any shoutouts?

A big shoutout to our guy Jackson Bickle for all the artwork and time spent on us, as well as our producer Keeyan Zimmerman. Spending all the hours he did in the studio with us and in his spare time to mix and master everything. A special shoutout to friends and family who provide us with their support and love for what we've been doing for years!