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A Dirty Dozen with FAILURE BY PROXY – April 2023

| 29 April 2023 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Failure by Proxy release new single “Devil’s Got a New Friend” via Daeth Records/TLG/INgrooves. The single was produced by Nick Miller and written by Failure by Proxy and Nick Miller. Failure By Proxy (FXP) is an American rock band from Galt, California. Founding member and drummer Eric “Spaz” Lewis established the band in December of 2017 with current members guitarist Chuck “Cash” Schubert and bassist and backing vocalist Chris “Gemini” Alosi. This would be the nucleus and creative foundation FXP would build upon.” We get the band to collectively discuss new music, influences, and more.

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through? Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

It’s a song about the darker side of a persons life and often times we are faced with a consciousness of good and evil on your shoulder. The devil in this case presented itself. The bridge and the message conveyed during that part may get lost in the entire lyrical content of the song. This being the first song of the latest chapter in Failure By Proxy, we are setting the tone with this song to provide those “nuggets” at a later time.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Most of use went to a concert that changed our lives. We were inspired by the emotion, the energy and the feeling that came from listening to the music and being able to produce in the same way was what attracted us all to the music.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Bands like Van Halen, Kiss, Guns and Roses, Korn all contributed to our influences.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Van Halen, Guns & Roses, Soundgarden, Iron Maiden, and Black Crowes.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Prince. Incredible artist and producer and would have loved to have his insight in our music.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

A new hard rock/modern rock sound derived from multiple influences comprised of progressive metal, nu metal, classic rock and alternative sounds. When a fan stated Spaz wearing a mask on stage was gimmicky. The mask was originally adopted during practice to learn better breathing techniques. It then became a staple in the shows and part of the brand.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Being able to connect our passion with others. Having fans feel our music as much as we do.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Spaz is typically the cook. Drinks are provided by the host so depends on whose home we are in. Instruments all get pulled out at the same time. We all seem to want to fight to be heard on our new ideas.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Chris and Antman got to meet Steve Vai in person. Chris showed his Vai tattoo and Antman gave Steve his dick “pick” (guitar pick with the word dick on it).

10.  If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

We are all unanimous when we say we music is a part of us. It is engrained within each one of the members and cannot see us in any capacity without music.

11.  Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

We would always like a do-over however, those experiences shape who we are as individuals and as artists.

12.  If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

We have answers varying from Beetles, Hendrix, Van Halen and Dire Straights. Each genre/musician brought a unique perspective to music and being an artist in general. Those bands in those eras had a specific vibe to the recording and would have been fascinating to witness.

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