Charlie: “You know you can buy the Bodean’s sauces to take away? What pisses me off is that you can’t get the hot buffalo chicken sauce because that is the best. They keep it from you! They don’t let it out. I’ve moved on from ribs. I do the pulled pork sandwiches and the hot chicken wings.”
Fightstar are on the Radio 1 playlist, they’ve played the Main Stage at Download Festival 2008 and have toured the UK. Raziq Rauf talks to them about everything but the music.
Having released their second full-length album, One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours in September 2007, Fightstar‘s fans have had a chance to learn and love all of those songs now and that was evident as so many of the words were sung back to the band at Download Festival.
“When we played in Glasgow, it wasn’t like they were just the best crowd on this tour,” says an animated Charlie Simpson. “They were the best crowd we’ve ever had. I don’t know what happened that night but it was 80 minutes of total metal.”
The past three years have been a constant learning experience for the band and their latest discovery is that they can dispense with a tour manager and just use drummer Omar Abidi to fill that role.
This time round, the band has actually made some money from touring. “You kinda need money,” deadpans bassist and ideas man Dan Haigh, helpfully.
Watch the video to the Radio 1 playlisted ‘I Am The Message’ by Fightstar
There is much more to Fightstar, however than just the music. Not only have they documented their whole career with a view to releasing a DVD and made a lot of their own music videos but they’re also in the business of feature films.
“I’ve always been interested in creating a film from scratch,” says Dan. He continues, “We’re writing in, acting in it, shooting it, directing it, scoring it doing all sorts of production and all the promotion. It’s very gory and action-packed – there are some scenes where we get shot in the face – but at the same time has a very deep message.”
Having seen some clips, Thrash Hits .com can definitely confirm that it is going to be very, very gory and action-packed with several limbs getting blown up and indeed off.
“We’ve created all the special effects using guerrilla tactics,” explains Charlie. “We went to SoHo and sneaked into production house open days. We bribed technicians to get DVDs of their 3D technology.”
Watch the video to ‘Floods’ by Fightstar
It’s not just on stage, record and on film that Fightstar get their kicks. Oh no. Charlie was recently invited by the Ozzy Osbourne’s son, Jack to climb glaciers and throw himself off the Hoover Dam on the Prince Of Darkness’s offspring’s television series, Adrenaline Junkie.
“It’s the kind of thing I would like to do on a personal level,” says Charlie. “Up against six weeks of promoting Fightstar, however, it just wasn’t an option.”
Instead, Charlie likes to get his kicks from speed. “I just like going fast – it’s not just fast cars,” he explains. “Whatever vessel takes me, whether it’s a car, a plane or a speedboat.”
It’s a passion shared by Dan. “Chasmo just likes to go fast, but there lies the inherent difference between him and me,” says the bassist. “I appreciate a well-oiled machine. I’m the kinda guy that’ll get up early on a Sunday and just wax the s**t out of some plastic!”
Watch the video to ‘Deathcar’ by Fightstar
Fans will be pleased to hear that Fightstar have already headed into the studio to demo a few tracks. “We’ve just written three new songs. We’re super happy with them,” Charlie says.
“The next album is probably going to be a bit more straight down the line. There will be a couple of meat grinders thrown in, of course.” You’ll be able to read more about Fightstar’s deep love of meat in the near future.
Fightstar play at Guilfest, Summer Slam, Minifest, Greenbelt Festival and Offset Festival over this summer