"Local Sounds" is a feature I first created back in 2006 when I was the Entertainment Editor for the UALR Forum. The goal was to showcase local bands, rappers, and singers throughout the state of Arkansas. When my blog originally was going I brought it back. Now I continue my goal of supporting local music here in Arkansas. To be featured in local sounds please email me at email@example.com. Thanks to all who read this and support local music!
In a land of mediocre music, one band stands as the shiny example that punk will never die and still reigns. That band is the Flameing Death Fearies. FDF serve as the first band to be spotlighted in my revitalization of the “Local Sounds” based on the sheer awesomeness of their band. To grab my attention as much as these guys have is really something because anyone will who knows me will tell you that rap is my preferred genre of music. However, FDF have showed me that I can enjoy rock music from time to time, and I have also come to realize that I quite a bit actually. Now FDF have been doing this quite some time now, but I am just now jumping on board and hearing about them. I can tell you it only took me about 10 seconds into my first FDF performance to fall in love.
I recently sat down with the band and had an hour long conversation that was quite possibly the best interview I have ever had. The guys are as amazing off stage as they are on stage, and that was surprising to me. The band is only a three piece band, which I found very different, but great. Rusti Majere, the guitarist and lead vocalist, founded the band about 11 years ago. “It was a night of drunken debauchery,” Rusti tells me as he speaks about the night the band was started. He goes on to tell me how the name Flameing Daeth Fearies was thought of, “The name itself is based on my self-deprecating humor. A lot of people called me gay in high school. I’m not gay, I love gay people, I have a lot of gay friends, but I’m not gay. Initially we called ourselves Flameing Fearies.” Rusti and the original band played for a while under that name, playing house shows before moving on to the club scene. The guys found that it was hard to get gigs because during the time the Arkansas music scene was booking metal, country or cover bands. So they kind of cheated the system by changing the name of the band. “So we were like ok, let’s act like we are a death metal band and we will call ourselves Flameing Daeth Fearies and it worked. We didn’t talk about what music we were going to play, we just have our name and they we will show up on time. But yeah that’s where the name came from, making fun of myself and Little Rock, all at the same time,” he says as he gives a laugh.
As I said there are three band members. Joined with Rusti are Raptorr Zeus (drums, backup vocals) and Kloptimus Prime (bass, backup vocals). Like most bands, members have come and gone. Actually, KP is the newest member, just recently replacing Ginger Hiro right before their show at the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop Ceremony here in Arkansas, which was put on by Natural State of Music. You can see Ginger in the current music videos on their YouTube page. Fun fact: KP actually filmed all the music videos, so he was cool with the band for about 6 months before taking up the role of bassist. What is a band without their manager though? FDF are managed by Veronica Wirges and she does an excellent job, and has been keeping all their ducks in a row for about 8 years now. Veronica, or Zombie Hunter V, also does the lights for the band. Yes folks, I said lights. You really have to catch a FDF show to understand what a marvel this 5K watt spectacle really is. That’s not all, did I mention dancers? Yes, the boys are joined by the Feary Doom Squad Dancers known as Vixxy Chan and Ducky Tails. The girls come out on various songs with coordinated dance routines that add to the show. The lights, dancing, along with some costumes and more add to a grand show besides just playing music. Most bands are just there to play you some music, but Flameing Daeth Fearies will actually ENTERTAIN you, which in my mind puts them ahead of the crowd.
While a show is all good, you still have to have great music. Luckily, FDF has music for everyone. They have punk rock, groovy, pop, and even some rap with help from local rapper Uno Di’or. You name it the Fearies can provide. What I enjoy about their music is the comedic feel to most of it, while still having amazing music. You can see the influence from Dead Kennedys, Dead Milkmen, Blink 182, The Get Up Kids and more as you dive into the collection of songs. Now of course I have my favorites. “Why Oh Why” is probably my favorite songs, with Rusti singing about the troubles of not being able to land himself a black girl. See what I mean about humor? The aforementioned collaboration with Uno is “Can I Get a Brohoof?” which is a new gem that I just discovered the other day. Other great songs include “I Love You Bailey Jay,” “Potatoe,” “Red Hot Vulcan Love,” and the newest music video “Bad Bromance.” Yes, that may be a parody of some song that isn’t nearly as good as this one from FDF.
At the end of the day, the guys are all pretty normal, good hearted, decent people. Well, better than decent I would say. They maintain a professional attitude at all times and that’s why so many members are no longer around, they get too caught up trying to live the “rockstar life.” Rusti has been playing guitar for 22 years, has influences like Nine Inch Nails, Led Zepplin and Black Sabbath, and wanted to just start a band playing whatever came to him without it being limited to structure or anything like that. Rusti thought it was funny because what he got was “groovy, tightly structured punk rock.” The other guys are great too. Raptorr started playing drums 11 years ago because of his best friend and has influences like Slipknot and Sevendust. KP has been playing 7 years and has influences such as Buckethead and Flying Concords (he’s only 18 by the way!). I was a huge fan of the band before my sit down. Afterwards I became fans of them as people and they all have my utmost respect.
The band has been hard at work fine tuning their double album “Winnar Winnar Chicken Dinner” which splits their more pop-ish songs from the saltier, heavier songs. All the currents songs out are being remastered for the album. I know that I gushed and fanboyed just a tad, but I really do enjoy Flameing Daeth Fearies. I rarely like rock music, but these guys have really won me over. I’m sure this won’t be the last time you hear about them on my blog. Check out all the links below to find their music and social networking pages. Listen to the music and enjoy yourself, and seriously, go see a show. I promise you won’t see anything else like it around here.