4. března 2013 v 21:02 | Monsterfuck
The interview with Fen is one of those interviews we are extemely happy about and we consider it to be one of the most interesting interviews which were published on Sicmaggot so far. Vocalist and guitarist The Watcher sent us long and very interesting answers which reveal much not only about the new album "Dustwalker" but also about Fen itself. Enjoy!
01. Hello! I would like to start the interview with some general questions about the band and also some questions about Fen's history, if you don't mind. First of all, I would like to ask you about the band's name. I've read somewhere that you chose your name as a reference to a region in eastern England known as The Fens, or also Fenlands - is that right? I guess this area is somehow special for you since you named your band after it… could you briefly explain why did you choose it's name? Anyway, as far as I know, the band is from London, but London isn't a part of The Fens, so how is that possible? You lived there and then you moved to London?
The Fens are an area of desolate, reclaimed wetland based in the Eastern area of England. It encompasses parts of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and it is where myself and Grungyn spent our childhood & adolescence. For me, as a teenager, the bleakness of the landscape seemed in some way to encapsulate many of the negative emotions and sense of isolation that many experience at this time. This may sound rather 'emo' to some but this did have a profound impact on my outlook that has stayed with me into adulthood.
When the band started, the stark, winding, bleak nature of the music we were creating seemed to speak of the fens and echoed themes of loss, sorrow, regret, emptiness and death. It therefore only seemed fitting to name the band after this area. I moved to London in 1997 to study and have remained here ever since but I frequently return to the fens to absorb the unique atmosphere of the area and seek further inspiration.