Interview: Fear Of Comedy

Published in Drum Media (WA) | 08.08.13 | Issue # 350



Although they’ve only just launched their new record, Fear Of Comedy vocalist Laith Tierney tells Daniel Cribb they won’t play the songs ever again.

Since their formation in 2005 as a straight out punk band, Perth’s Fear Of Comedy have transformed into an experimental doom rock band. Their latest offering, Delapsus Resurgam, aside from being seemingly cursed, is their darkest and heaviest work to date.

“I think we’ve got a cursed CD player things happening at RTR FM,” frontman Laith Tierney begins. “The day I took the album into the station, during the Out To Lunch show they played a track off the album and it got five minutes in and it skipped and they had to turn it off, and we’re like, ‘AW, NO!’, and it actually happened the week of the Killing Joke gig. They played the single from the album and that skipped before it got to the main verse, and we’re like ‘What the fuck’s going on’,” he laughs. “Our CDs are cursed!”

They may have four releases under their belt, but Tierney sees Delapsus Resurgam as a debut. “We’ve got several releases out already but it’s almost like a completely different band. The previous Fear Of Comedy album was like a punk album and this is as far from punk as you can get. I’d say it’s our second album and our forth release. But it also works as our first release if you just ignore everything that we’ve done in the past, which is probably a good idea.

“Tastes and abilities evolve and you just grow up; the music grows up and the people grow up. The old stuff is from a time when we were still growing up,” he explains. “I’ll probably ditch this [sound] and get a new one in a couple of weeks. You’ve got to be like David Bowie and Madonna and shit and reinvent yourself. ‘Oh, now I can play Jazz. Let’s make some fuckin’ jazz. I couldn’t play jazz five years ago’.”

When queried on what direction the next Fear Of Comedy record may take, he rattles off “jazz-post rock death metal” with such speed it could actually be a possibly. “Without being silly, it could be more electronic, it could be anything because your directions do change. It happens to every band – every good band anyway. They start experimenting with new sounds and new directions…a lot of people ask about it and freak out, ‘Oh my god, how come your sound’s evolved?’ – doesn’t that mean we’re doing it right? What are you doing standing in the same place. You still sound like The Ramones now, man. What’s going on?”

The band’s ever-evolving lineup no doubt played a role in such a steep genre change. Just before heading into the studio a year ago, one of the band’s guitarists, James Styles, left, leaving Tierney to play the guitar parts. Then, as they were finishing the record, Yaegar Mora-Strauks [keys] signed on with Styles rejoining a few months later. Right before they launched the album, the band’s 2005 guitarist, Ben Waters, also rejoined the band. Following the album’s launch show, drummer Liam Dunn left the band. As the only common denominator in Fear Of Comedy, Tierney feels the need to shake things up and keep it fresh.

“I think rather than teach the drummer to play the songs, we’re just going to write a whole new album. We’ll never play these songs again probably…it’s almost like three members of the band have nothing to do with the songs that we’re playing, and that’s boring. They didn’t have as much say or input as they should and they’re really talented guys, so I want to write whole new songs with them. It’s a whole new lineup, so a new album will have to come out of it as soon as possible.

“We won’t change genres too much because we do have that dark alternative thing going on, even though we’ve changed from more punk to more prog, it’s still always been a little bit gothy, so it’ll still work whatever we experiment with.”

WHO: Fear Of Comedy

WHAT: Delapsus Resurgam (Independent)