Our first Fuel The Scene Band of the Week is Fable Cry, theatrical scamp rock band from Nashville, TN. Fable Cry draws inspiration, both musically and poetically, from all things imaginative, mythical, and spooky.
Since forming in 2010, Fable Cry is now a fuller, darker, and more mature band, allowing Jo Cleary (violin, vocals), Scott Fernandez (bass), Nic Giordano (drums), Melody Ryan (keys, flute), and Zach Ferrin (vocals, guitars) to perform the songs the way they had always been written, packed with energy and dynamics, while maintaining (and inevitably amplifying) the band’s theatrics, costumes, makeup, and overall ruckusness, and developing their sound that they came to call, “Theatrical Scamp Rock.” We sat down with frontman Zach Ferrin to learn a little bit more about what makes Fable Cry such an impressive creative and musical force.
For the uninitiated, how would you describe Fable Cry and what sets you apart?
Well, we’re basically a spooky rock band with elements of theatre, circus, cabaret, satire, storytelling, and atmosphere, all being played by five musicians with fairly different backgrounds (from metal to classical and jazz, to musical theatre and pop) to create a conglomeration of genres and sounds. And we take the visuals just as seriously as the music, which lends itself to our elaborate stage attire and makeup.
What can fans expect from your live performances and what do you hope fans take away from your shows?
My goal (and this should be obvious) with our live shows is to entertain – our crowd and ourselves! We create music, videos, and a show that we would want to see, with the intention of being our own favorite band. We all have pretty high standards for what we enjoy on stage so, frankly, if we wouldn’t enjoy it from the outside we wouldn’t want a part in doing it ourselves. We really love to perform. We love to feed off of the crowd and break down the barrier between stage and audience with banter and crowd participation, setting the standard of energy and inviting people to join us – the more we dance, the more they dance, the more we dance, ad infinitum. The songs and stories are always wrapped in metaphor and deeper looks into the characters that we’re singing about so there is a lot to take away, if you’re willing to look. However, if you’ve spent our whole set dancing and you had a good time, that’s good enough for us too!
What song in your current set or album is resonating with fans the most? Which gets the best crowd response at shows?
At this point probably “Fancy Dancing” and “Dead Or Alive (For Now)” off our last album tend to get the most attention. They both have music videos to accompany them, which have certainly helped make the songs more tangible, story-wise, and helped everyone gain more familiarity. Although, we just debuted a song off of our upcoming album at our last show, and the crowd response was thankfully explosive. It’s always extremely gratifying (and honestly surreal) to see people in the audience singing the lyrics back to us, dancing, anticipating time/tempo changes etc. To know that they’re excited and responding in kind to the newest material is very exciting!
If you could tell the world one thing about Fable Cry what would it be?
Ready or not, here we come!
One day, what do you hope Fable Cry is remembered for?
Our vision for this band is endless, and it only grows as we achieve each short-term goal. We want to entertain as many people as we possible can with our music, artistry, and stage shenanigans! I think everyone listens to music for different reasons, so I don’t think I would want to be remembered for just one thing. But I hope that we can fulfill peoples’ reasons for listening to music, be it through our lyrics and stories, the music and how it makes them feel, or through the fun they get at our live shows. We are ever-grateful for the current support that we’ve acquired and want that to continue to grow – and we’re gonna ride it ‘till the goddamn wheels fall off!