With a mission statement of “Keep it heavy, keep it real, keep it metal” the old school metal assault of Toronto's Mortal Fear has returned to the arena to take on all contenders. Originally the band began back in 1985 with vocalist Ken Munro and guitarist Steve Turrer playing sludgy, doomy type metal songs. By 1987 bassist Pete Turrer, (Steve's younger brother) and drummer John Currie had joined the fold bringing with them a more technical approach to the music based on their Rush and Yes influences. Mortal Fear became known in the
area and made a reputation for themselves playing only original material. Two years later it was all over as they had
begun to grow apart and decided to disband and move on to various other
projects. Steve Turrer recorded with
another popular Toronto based band, Savage Steel and Ken Munro with The
Blacklist while Pete Turrer went on to play in Frantic Waltz and Marshall Birch
and the Swampmonster along side Steve Turrer in both of those bands.
|Kate Injecting the Fear!|
The Meister: Why don't we start out with the history of the band, tell me how Mortal Fear came together.
The Meister: Did you guys have many shows back then?
Mortal Fear (Steve): We only had 4 or 5, I mean real gigs like bar gigs, but we played in basements and stuff in front of people and everything. That's where we got our feel for what we actually wanted to do. And then we kinda disbanded and went our separate ways, but we never stopped playing music in different bands. Me, myself as the guitar player never clicked in a cover band. For some reason I tried playing in cover bands and it just didn't feel right. It didn't feel like this is why I started guitar to start playing Angus Young. I knew right away, right from day one that I wanted to write my own stuff, whatever that is. Kinda the opposite from what everyone else does, most learn everybody else's music first.
The Meister: True. Most bands start out doing covers to get themselves known a little bit and get themselves a gig before they can start to slip their originals into a set.
The Meister: It's never gonna sound the same as the original artist, right. So you're always holding yourself up to that.
Mortal Fear (Steve): Ya, and I was always disappointed, so I would get frustrated within 20 min or half an hour and we'd just create a song on our own. And that's how it started and Ken said "screw it, screw what the rest of the world is doing, let's just write our own songs". But it's so hard to get known writing your own stuff. You can't get any exposure, especially back then with no internet. Because of the internet and things like Facebook there's people contacting us from as far away as the Philippines, that's really cool.
The Meister: The internet has changed the landscape for sure good and bad. It's a lot easier to get your music out there, but harder to make money as everyone just downloads it.
|Ken & Steve|
The Meister: That's what makes it so good. I think that shows through, you guys are doing it for the love of it, you're not compromising yourselves. You're not bending with what needs to be done for a hit, you're doing what you want.
Mortal Fear (Steve): Exactly! Those days of "oh I wanna be a rock star" and all that, that's totally out the window. We missed the boat to do that already. If something would happen in the future that would be great, you're never too old for music. It's in you 'till the day you die. Even the old jazz musicians and country musicians do it right till the very end. Rock and roll and heavy metal, you might have your prime years of doing it and then you slip off but I mean we never got to our prime years so, our prime years are now and we're late 40's! We'll just ride it out and see what happens.
The Meister: As long you guys are all having fun that's the main thing, right.
Mortal Fear (Steve): That's the main thing, if it wasn't fun we wouldn't bother with it. It's like what you said, you've seen us three times and with this lineup we've only played four gigs and every gig is getting better. Like I mean we're starting to feel more comfortable on stage. Our next gig is not for like three months....
The Meister: Opening for Y&T right?
Mortal Fear (Steve): Yeah opening for Y&T, so we're going to work on new material between now and then. On that CD we did a couple years ago we only have eight songs on it so now we're working on new material.
The Meister: With that first CD are those songs that you wrote for that or are they from the back catalog from when you first started in the late 80's?
Mortal Fear: Basically it's a mixture of everything, I think two songs on there are brand new songs and the rest of them were older songs but we ripped them apart and added a lot of new parts. We've got tons of brand new stuff now that we're working on it's just a matter of getting it down together with the whole band now. So from now until the end of June we're strictly just working on new songs and so hopefully by late fall early winter we can go in and record them.
The Meister: So what was it that brought Mortal Fear back together?
Mortal Fear (Ken): It was weird, just one of those summer nights where our original drummer came over and we were just shooting the shit and decided to jam just for the hell of it. And it just sounded good. We did that for three or four weekends just carving out songs and it felt really good so we said let's just keep doing this. So we just kept playing and then we recorded the CD and our original drummer decided to leave as he was busy with work and his life and couldn't devote the time to it. So we found Steve Scott for our new drummer and we just kept going....all by a fluke that we got together for a few beers and decided to play that day.
|Peter Turrer & Ken|
Mortal Fear (Steve): Maybe we'll get a cake (laughing). Just that basically we're an older band, but really a new band and from this day forward we're working on brand new material. Our next 8 or 10 songs that we will record will probably be heavier than the first CD. We're just gonna try to keep it as real and as heavy and as metal as possible.
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