Originally Posted on: November 14th, 2012
While traveling the haunted Scottish landscapes, Marquis stumbled upon a cavernous enclave and deep within it's confines, scattered all over the floor lay bones and pools of blood... Hundreds of them and they looked as though they were chewed. The unwelcome stench of decay filled the air. In the lantern light shown dried skin covering the walls. Blankets made of what looked like hair littered the higher elevations. Shadows danced in the light and hidden in those shadows, crouched a man gutting an animal... Wait! That's not an animal at all... It's a small child! The man... William Westwater of FEAR INCORPORATED. Before Marquis was made into his next meal, he managed to ask a few questions while he was being skined alive... The interview was mailed to H-P. The answers were written in blood on the skin from Marquis' back...
H-P: Can you tell us a little bit about the band, how you came up with the name, etc...?
WILLIAM: After contacting Cam Campbell after a 16 year break in contact we decided to put a musical project together. Cam had always wished to write an album concerning the 16Th century Scottish cannibal Sawney Bean so this was discussed further. We decided this should be a Gothic horror avant garde album and began writing the story from there. We also decided that we should explore the avenue of fear and terror further and make this the sole theme of our future compositions and releases. Therefore Fear Inc was suggested which soon became Fear Incorporated which sounds more 'formally frightening'.
Cam of course has a huge background of musical history having played in the legendary Sex Gang Children for many years amongst others. I have played in many bands before-the notable ones being Amun Ra,Sensory Savage and Infra Red.
We soon took to recruiting and Terry MaCleay also the original guitarist for the Sex Gang Children was selected. By the time we got to recording the last tracks from the album Lex Luther guitarist from the psycho-billy band Demented Are Go was drafted in and visited my studio in Scotland with Cam to put the finishing touches to 'Sawney's Cave' which now had been decided on the title for the album.
Since then the line up has changed again for the now released Phobos album with Cam,myself and guitarist Matthew Saw also from Sex Gang Children and Unstoppable Achievers.
A drummer Alan McCulloch experienced in all types of drumming and percussion from ethnic to jazz also is a new member of Fear Inc and also plays on the album. Both Matthew and Alan are now full time members of the band.
H-P: What are some of your influences?
WILLIAM: I would consider influences to be theatre macabre music,dark cabaret,Gothic horror,anything themed with fear and terror!!!
H-P: Was it your intention to make each album a concept from the beginning?
WILLIAM: I think once we had the idea and concept of Sawney's Cave in our mind then the world was our dead oyster!
Many ideas came to mind and it wasn't long into the recording of the first album that the idea of the next crept along......
H-P: The legendary cannibal Sawney Bean. What made you decide to write about him?
WILLIAM: This has been story long told in Scotland-a man Sawney Bean and his wife who took to a cave to avoid society and work-soon they became aware for the need to eat-there was very little to consume so soon they were robbing,killing and eating passers by... An incestuous brood of a family was bred in the dark horrible dwelling place and soon people were afraid to travel the twilight roads of Galloway in Scotland after they had been to the inn for a drink of an evening...
The rest of the story is up to the H-P readers to find out by buying the album.
H-P: What is the song writing process for Fear Incorporated? Who comes up with the song ideas or is it a group effort?
WILLIAM: Myself and Cam Campbell write the songs usually-sometimes the tracks just evolve from his bass lines or I write something on a synth in the early stages.
Depending on the theme of the album and the nature of the song the track may be left in its natural keyboard state if it is to be left surreal and atmospheric-If it needs more 'meat' as it were it is transposed to bass,guitar and drums.
However Phobos was an all round effort by all.
H-P: Have you performed the album live?
WILLIAM: Due to distance (I live in Scotland-the rest of the band live in London) and other personal issues there has not been a proper live gig for Fear Incorporated as yet.
The offers however of gigs have come in from all over the world so when we do tour we will have quite a choice of venues!
This we plan not as any normal gig-but you will have to wait and find out when you attend one!!
We will update all our sites and pages with information as regards live dates as and when it manifests.
We have been very busy cranking out 2 albums in 2 years and now are writing 'Dark Carnival'-our 3rd album based on a travelling freak show complete with a Zombie Elvis,creatures from outer space and Saints with stigmata!
H-P: How has the response been about the album?
WILLIAM: Both of the albums received a very good response-Sawney's Cave was voted no 1 album of the year on Mick Mercer's top 30 and Phobos is selling well and has received very good reviews-so that will tell you what people think of it!
H-P: Now, you just released 'PHOBOS', can you tell us about this album and the story behind it?
WILLIAM: Phobos was thought of as our second album-really the theme would have been more suited as a debut but Sawney's Cave was just begging to be written.
Its a collection of songs on human fears and phobias.
Fear of ghosts,clowns,the dark etc-the ancient fears of the human psyche which strike a chord or terror in man's heart and soul.
The album was planned to be guitar,bass,drum based with some surreal tracks to interconnect the theme.
We are very pleased with the outcome and there is many videos and promos to outline the stories portrayed in the recording.
Its really something you have to sit down and listen to-then you will grasp the full and terrible concept of Phobos!!
H-P: There is a distinct difference in song structure between both albums, yet you mantained your unique sound and style. Was this intentional to set the mood and atmosphere for each release? Did another take the reigns for writing 'Sawneys Cave' and another for 'PHOBOS'?
WILLIAM: Hell-No the same members-myself and Cam wrote the songs for both the albums-however the addition of Matthew's guitar playing and Alan's drumming helped set aside a different sound for Phobos.
On Sawney's Cave a drum machine was used on and on Phobos real drums.
There is also more keyboards and bagpipes on Sawney's Cave to capture the atmosphere of a dark and forboding 16th century Scotland.
We approach each album seperatley-nothing will sound the same-each album will have it's slight similarities that is inevitable but a fresh approach and thinking will be adorned to each individual theme for our albums.
H-P: Where can the album be picked up?
WILLIAM: The album is available on CD at Manic Depression Records in France
However AF distribution have also been distributing the CD across Europe to stores.
You can download the album digitally from amazon,deezer itunes and Spotify-I don't know if you get Spotify in the U.S-If you do you can hear the whole album before you buy-alternatively go to to our you tube channel or listen to the tracks and videos we have posted hear on HP!
H-P: You have quite a unique sound, for the gear heads out there, what equipment do you use?
WILLIAM: Well really that would be telling now wouldn't it!
I know Cam and Matthew have hand made special boards for their pedals-too many effects to mention to be honest.. We do write a good deal of songs on keyboard before transposing them to guitar-that way we can get the atmosphere and theme of the song firmly planted in our psyche's..
I can tell you that I use an old Korg Prophecy synth and also a Roland D-10-that however is all we are giving away at present!
H-P: When not on stage eating the flesh of little children, what do you do in the down time?
WILLIAM: I work 7 days a week for a psychic company which is interesting..alot of my time is taken up writing and promoting Fear Incorporated and also 2 other projects which I am involved with at present.
If I am lucky I find time to spend with my partner Karen who I've been with for 10 years who has been very supportive of Fear Incorporated and joins me on my regular local grave-robbing sprees here in darkest Scotland...!!!
H-P: So, what's next for Fear Incorporated?
WILLIAM: The writing and recording for Dark Carnival is well under way with around 12 songs already recorded as ideas for the album.
The album will be based on a travelling freak show with some interesting and terrifying characters ready to intimidate and terrorise there way out of your speakers!
We also are appearing on Zom-Bee Tv courtesy of yourself on Horror-punks and hope to see other bands from the site on this station also.
There is also the unreleased 'Devilish Brood' a selection of songs and reworkings of the tracks on Sawney's Cave-who knows this may end up as a an EP for download this year.
Ideas for a 4th album are already being thought of but lets get the 3rd one finished first!!
Whatever we do we will always think of our fans at H-P.
H-P: You've been at this music thing for a while, any advice you'd give to anyone just starting out?
WILLIAM: Yes-be original-its fine to have influences but find your own niche and stick to it-so many bands copying trends,themes and styles-create your own!
You will receive criticism no matter what you do in the music world-try not to focus on this and be positive in every horrible endeavour you experience musically.
H-P: Is there any current bands that get your blood flowing?
WILLIAM: I can only speak for myself but I am fond of many of the bands on Horror Punks!
I do love the Virgin Prunes and the Sex Gang Children and I recommend both these bands to all HP readers.
Also the death oompah band the Tiger Lillies...
'Others' (who you may have heard of lol) have often been on my stereo lately and are an excellent band.
H-P: What's currently in your playlist?
WILLIAM: At present I am listening to The Legendary Pink Dots-a psychedelic avant garde band-very atmospheric and often spooky and unsettling.
Unstoppable Achievers-our guitarist Matthew Saw's solo project-its like nothing you have heard before-its on facebook and myspace-he has just released a new single on bandcamp so check it out!
Also Tav Falco And The Panther Burns-a psycho-rockabilly band who formed in the US in the seventies and are still on the go to this day.
Lastly-The Cramps-songs the lord taught us-a brilliant album which shouldn't need any introduction at all-if it does then you need your head looked at!!
H-P: Any final words?
WILLIAM: Don't stand on the precipice of life!! Jump and embrace your fears!!!!!! If not they they will control you.....
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