I really hate the term post-hardcore but we live in a society that tends to crave a label before even giving music a chance. I long for the day of two labels: good and bad. For those hellbent on labeling music, you’d most likely put FAtHERS in this category. But scratch beneath the surface of said label, and you’ll find FAtHERS has a lot more to offer.
FAtHERS call Denver, Colorado home and is made up of Oscar Ross (vocals), Eddie Maestas and Zach Amster (guitars), Mhyk Monroe (bass), and Ryan DeWitt (drums). They deliver what I consider a new, fresh take on post-hardcore which can be challenging. Where other bands in this genre tend to stay within the boundaries of hardcore, FAtHERS take note of said boundaries and gladly cross the line every chance they get. Album opener “Brawler” has elements of post-hard core, metal, grind, and even atmospherics a la Isis. That’s just in the first four minutes! “No Joke” is a straight up d-beat thrash number and the beginning of “Swamp WItch” is the best riff the Deftones never wrote. I’m guessing that wasn’t the intent, but you get the idea. Twists and turns throughout this album make it a unique, post-something album with a punk-type attitude. What really stands out is the vocal stylings of Oscar. I’ve listened to the album countless times and every time I think I have an influence pinned down, I’m thrown for a loop.
Colorado has been pumping out the bands the last few years (Khemmis, Blood Incantation, Call of the Void to name a few) and FAtHERS should soon be mentioned in this company. Where other bands tend to not stray from a label (post-hardcore in this case), FAtHERS veers all over the metal spectrum and challenges the listener to think beyond labels. I look forward to future output from these guys. Big things are ahead.
I had the opportunity to interview the band. Read more below:
A: Yes we’re jonesing to hit the road. We have a couple of regional loops we’re booking in late spring. And afterEddie gets done with barber school in August, we’re going to hit the road for longer stints.
Upcoming tour dates:
3/30/18: Denver, CO @ High-Dive