Fight Amp are back with their latest LP Birth Control, which hits next week (9/25) via Translation Loss. The record, their third overall, sees the band wading in the same Am-Rep-y infested waters as previous releases but this time with a stronger sense of melodicism. Stream the entire LP for the first time HERE.
We sat down with Mike McGinnis of Fight Amp to ask him a few questions about the new record, future touring plans, and more. The results of our conversation are below...
Fight Amp has been chugging along for eight years. Did you always have a vision for the band from the outset? How has that vision changed over the years?
Mike McGinnis: Yeah, it seems like just yesterday that we started this band, and this January will be the 9th anniversary of our first show. Time flies. I've spent every day in my 20s playing in this band and as it looks now it'll probably continue into my 30s. We definitely had a vision when we first started, but we far exceeded the goals we set for ourselves back then. At the time it was as simple as "find reliable band members, tour, make records." We were able to pull those things off within the first year. I think our vision and goals change every couple of years as we meet the goals we set for Fight Amp. Our vision now is simple, and it's to take steps upward on all aspects of our band, including branching out in songwriting, touring worldwide rather than just North America, and getting more and more people to hear us and dig our records.
Birth Control is your first LP in 3 years and 3rd overall. What were your goals for the record heading into production? How did the results of the first two LPs and the splits/EPs before it help change the way you approach the record?
Birth Control was the first record that we had bigger goals than just a specific production style. We went in with a very album-oriented plan this time, and we wanted to add more peaks and valleys for people that would be listening to the record from start to finish. We wanted to add different found sounds and odd instruments here and there as well. A couple of the songs and in-between tracks that we recorded have piano, slide-guitar, percussion on the heating ducts in the studio, a drill, an electric shaver, tambourine, and a bunch more found sounds here and there. All of our other albums, which I'm still a fan of personally, are really just groupings of songs that came together because they worked well in that order. Knowing we wanted to push past that same formula it was obvious to us that the next step was to be much more album-oriented this time around.
Do you have additional songs in the can and if so, are there any other releases on the way?
We've been writing for sure, but it's just some stuff we're keeping in the arsenal until our next recording plans come along. Right now our goal is to push and tour on Birth Control as much as possible. We've only played half of the songs from the new record live so far, so we've got a lot left in the tank from this new one still. Hopefully we'll be putting plans together for our next release next year. We're actually on a little writing hiatus right now as we're learning a Dead Kennedys cover set for Halloween in New Orleans in which we're playing four or five songs from Plastic Surgery Disasters.
READ THE ENTIRE INTERVIEW HERE.