Forming in Brisbane sometime back in 2004, but calling the Gold Coast home, Driven Fear is a five-piece act that’s been quietly amassing fans and clocking up big wins without local fanfare. A finalist for both Album of the Year and Artist of the year in the 2017 Gold Coast Music Awards and showcasing at BIGSOUND 2017, they’ve shared the stage with punk / hardcore stalwarts Strung Out, Millencolin, Sick Of It All and The Amity Affliction (amongst others). Nic Lalot (drums) gives us the lowdown.
Driven Fear is 13 years old. What’s your secret to longevity?
Hmm I dunno if it’s a secret, but I kinda think it’s the way we operate that has kept the wheels moving. We are five guys that have been close mates since early high school now. We always make sure we have time to listen to everyone’s opinions and ideas, it keeps the creative process interesting and often helps our sound progress, which in turn keeps things feeling fresh and exciting. Although we touch on quite serious topics in our song writing, when we get together we have fun and try not to take things too seriously. I think overall, if you make it fun, respect your mates and don’t pigeon hole your sound, a band can last forever.
If you could go back in time and give some advice to yourself 13 years ago, what would it be?
Don’t rush. You really don’t need to. I know it gets real exciting when you write some new material and you want it out NOW, but take your time with it. Save a little more money and get a better recording. Hold off those few months and plan some promo to drop with the release. Also, control your band. Don’t let anyone from the outside tell you how to run your band. Make decisions as a group.
You haven’t exactly been prolific. You released albums in 2016 and 2011, an EP in 2009 and a split release with Singapore’s Mouthful of Air in 2010. 2016’s ‘Freethinker’ took two years to record. What’s the recording process like for you?
I love recording. It’s probably my favourite part of being in a band. I still get super nervous, and fuck up heaps, but it’s so rewarding hearing the final product. We’ve recorded in garages and professional studios, we’ve travelled to record and also recorded in bedroom cupboards. There is no SET way to record and that’s what we love about it. Sure there are things we’ve learned over the years that we definitely keep on board as we progress, but it’s always the little mistakes or experiments that make each release special.
You’ve got big runs on the board, why were you surprised to be announced finalists for Gold Coast Music Awards?
We’ve always been more of an underground band that has had VERY little commercial exposure, so it was only a surprise because the GCMAs is a commercial event. It’s just something we’ve never done nor did we think we’d ever get the chance to do, and yeah it caught us buy surprise, we were so stoked. We tried our best to soak it all up and talk to as many people as possible. Like I said, not something we get the chance to often, so we made the most of it.
And now you’ve gone and got programmed for BIGSOUND. What was your reaction when you found out?
We were also very stoked about this. BIGSOUND is a great opportunity for some awesome exposure with so many awesome artists on the bill. Psyched to be apart of it, and for two nights too!
Will we have to wait another two years for new material?
Maybe. We all have commitments outside the band which take up a lot of our individual time, but we ARE writing, and moving towards a release. What that is and when its out is still up in the air. Will keep you posted 😉
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Gold Coast’s Driven Fear are at BIGSOUND, Wednedsay 6 September at Crowbar and Thursday 7 September at The New Globe Theatre