The Mosh It Up tour is just now wrapping up at the time of this writing. When I hit up Molotov Solution and The World We Knew for interviews, I found out that my MEB associate Patrick Walford already interviewed Legend and Betrayal, so we’re bringing you all of the interviews in a 4-part tour wrap up. Here I interviewed Frank Fanelli, the lead singer for The World We Knew. Check out Fanelli’s thoughts in part 1 of the 4-part Mosh It Up Tour Interview Series!
MEB: So what is the meaning behind the name The World We Knew?
Frank: I wish we had a cool story behind the name The World We Knew! Honestly, there isn’t much of a meaning behind it. We were just stoked that it didn’t sound cliche like “bloody dying corpse girl” or something ridiculous like that.
How did you guys all meet?
We’re a bunch of thieves, haha! Since I started TWWK in 2004, we’ve been taking members from other local bands in Long Island and whenever we needed someone new. We all met from just going to local shows often and playing together. All five of us wanted to make this our everyday lives, so it’s cool that we could bring in friends from other bands so they too could achieve their goals.
What was your very first song together as a band?
The first song we ever wrote was called “Lonely Hearts Killer.” It’s pretty much the most generic metalcore song anyone could ever write, but it was a big hit at our home shows! We only released it on our first self-titled EP. I’d be very surprised if you could find it out there on the inter-web.
What have been some of your favorite shows on the Mosh It Up Tour? Any stand out experiences?
The Mosh It Up Tour isn’t the biggest tour we’ve ever been a part of, but I think it’s been one of the most fun! It’s soo wild to see how much our band has grown over the years. Especially with our fan base. We’re hitting a lot of markets on this tour that were decent (at best) for us in the past. Now, our sets have been out of control! Manchester NH, Wichita KS, Springfield IL, Richland WA, they’ve all been killer! Just hitting the last leg now in CA. Should be five great shows!
So is it true? Taylor Leigh Fox on isanyoneup.com? How did that go down? She is an 11 out of 10 there
Best question ever..
Taylor is a cool girl and she has some of the best tits I’ve ever seen, but unfortunately, we never had sex. Just friends, for now! After I saw my name on the list, I said “I fucking wish!” Immediately after, I tweeted at her asking if she wanted to make it true, haha.
So tell the fans a little bit about Death Dealer. What sort of topics do your lyrics cover? When will it be released?
Our new CD Death Dealer hits stores on August 30th via BlkHeart Group! After two long years of writing/touring, we finally put together 11 new songs that we feel crush the previous two full lengths. Everything is a lot faster, catchier & heavier! As far as lyrics go, I tried writing a lot about the experiences that this band faces behind the scenes. A lot of “underdog” themes to be exact. If no one is fighting with us, we’re going to fight our way to the top alone!
If you enjoyed “To The Wolves,” it wouldn’t make sense for them not to be psyched on DD!
Is there any chance you guys will re-release the self-titled EP and the Apocalypse EP? How do you feel you guys have changed since then?
I find it crazy that you even know those EPs existed! Honestly, I don’t think we’ll ever play those songs again because of how outdated they are. Our musicianship has grown big-time since those days (2004-2006). We’re really excited to see what becomes of our career as we continue to release CDs that overshadow our previous releases!
On your Facebook, it says that in 2008 you got buttfucked by a mack truck. Care to give some insight about that?
In July 2008, on a scorching hot day in Virginia Beach, we were bent over and anally dominated by an 18 wheeler. The idiot wasn’t paying attention and decided it would be a good idea to reach 55 mph before destroying our trailer, everything inside of it, and the back of our van while at a dead stop in traffic. If our trailer wasn’t hitched, our old drummer and myself would have easily been dead.
So is it the whole band that is straight-edge or just yourself?
From 2006 – 2010, TWWK was a straight-edge metal band. The only remaining members from that era are myself & Tim (Guitar). The two of us are still very much a part of the straight-edge community, and that certainly will not change! When we decided to kick out the other three members, being an edge band was something we had to take into consideration. Unfortunately, our scene in Long Island has little to no edge musicians, so we decided to lay it to rest. It’s obvious we needed new members who were going to outshine the others, so we focused on finding guys who’d bring out the best in TWWK, instead of worrying about our image or lifestyles.
What sort of impact in your life led you to that decision?
I learned about what straight-edge meant through a friend in middle school when I was 13. To this day, I still haven’t smoked, drank or tried any drugs strictly because I’ve never had the urge to do so. It never interested me. Although I made this decision prior to these events, I had a close family member who was a heavy user, so it definitely solidified my decision. Straight-edge is not for everyone, but I’ve never been so sure about something in my life. My best advice is to please be respectful of EVERYONE’S choices regardless of how you live your life.
What modern day bands would you recommend for your fans to check out? How about unsigned/local scene bands?
Recently, I’ve been blasting Bayside‘s new CD. They’re absolutely nothing like TWWK, but that band is incredible. Other than that, it seems like The Black Dahlia Murder, As I lay Dying, and Unearth can do no wrong. Those are some heavy metal influences for our band!
So regarding your new song “Hopeless Hero,” you got Alex of Despised Icon to guest on it. How did that go down? Are there any other guest spots on Death Dealer?
In the Winter of 2010, our friends in Winds Of Plague were kind enough to take us out on the road. Despised Icon was also on the bill & Alex asked me to sing “MVP” with him every night! It was such an honor to do, so I made sure to ask if he would ever be interested in doing a spot on our new CD. Much to my surprise, he was stoked on it! Thankfully he loved the song, and he wrote some of his own lyrics. We couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out!
Also, our friend Gary from a Long Island band named From The Pawn did a guest spot on a song called “Judgement Day.” Sounds so hard!
Any excerpts of the TWWK quote book you would like to share? http://twitter.com/#!/TWWKQuoteBook
Here’s my personal favorite from our guitar player Justin: “I would cut my dick off, grind it up into a fine powder, then sneak it in her food just to get it into her mouth.” This Asian is a quote machine I tell you!
What would you say has been your biggest challenge as a band over the years?
The biggest challenge for our band is to get industry people to take us seriously. Our fans treat us like gold and that is incredible, but up until just recently, we’ve barely had anyone behind us when it comes to the behind-the-scenes kind of work. You’d think that being a band for six years and touring the country time and time again with two full lengths out would get you noticed, but apparently we’re still fighting our hardest to prove our worth. It’s frustrating to see bands blow up overnight just because of who their label is, or who manages them. But they haven’t put in the time or effort like hard workers do. Hopefully hard work will pay off for the underdogs in the long run. Until then, we’ll be out there slaying no matter who’s paying attention!
What songs do you like to play the most live? Any covers?
Playing “To The Wolves” is always my favorite because our crowd always knows the words, and it makes our time onstage much more exciting. I have a feeling that once we shoot this music video for the title track to the new record “Death Dealer,” that’ll soon become the craziest song in our arsenal.
Never tried any covers though. If anything, I’d love to cover a Korn song, or a one-hit wonder from the 90’s like “Thong Song” or “Who Let The Dogs Out.”
Any last words for your fans and people who haven’t had their ears fucked by TWWK yet?
Please don’t forget to mark your calendars for AUGUST 30TH to purchase Death Dealer on iTunes or at a Hot Topic near you! If you truly want to help your favorite bands grow, stop downloading and start supporting by buying music!
“THREE CHEERS FOR THE UNDERDOGS!”
Check out The World We Knew on Facebook, and pick up a copy of their new record Death Dealer when it releases.