Fuck The Facts Bio:
Little did Topon Das know when he started cobbling together bits ‘n’ pieces of grindcore, death metal and experimental noise in his basement that, fifteen-plus years later, the racket he was creating in his spare time would become not only a creative focal point and outlet, but also the cause of his becoming regularly and intimately familiar with the stench of stress-sweat and the involuntary butthole clenching that happens when you deal with authorities who hold the balance of your touring schedule in their hands. Y’know, the sort of thing that happens when you take your brand of ‘bastardised grindcore’ to-and-fro and around the world and have to explain to the border guards and customs agents of 21 nations (and counting) that the name of your band is Fuck the Facts.
But who’da thunk it? Starting as a recording-only project in the late 90s as a way to wile away boredom and keep fingertips warm during long winters in Canada’s capital city, it wasn’t until 2001 and that the work ethic that produced a slew of self-produced self-releases drove Fuck the Facts towards full band status and forays into the live arena. Since then, the Ottawa-based unit has barely stopped for a breath of reconsideration as it’s been all about a prolific output, associations with some of the biggest and smallest labels in underground extreme music and hundreds of thousands of kilometers toured throughout North America and Europe for Das, vocalist Mel Mongeon, drummer Mathieu Vilandre, bassist/vocalist Marc Bourgon, and guitarist Johnny Ibay.
Straddling the line between full-on DIY and the opposite of that, Fuck the Facts had three albums from 2006-2011 see the light of day via underground powerhouse label, Relapse. Each exhibited the band’s characteristic boundless creativity; whether it was the upending of grindcore’s short-sharp-shock blueprint with the lengthy and nebulous tracks of 2006’s Stigmata High-Five, jig-sawing the bulk of 2008’s Disgorge Mexico while on a road trip from Ottawa to Mexico or upping the progression and melody ante on 2011’s Die Miserable, an album which illustrates the surreal dichotomy/paradox of life for Fuck the Facts by being nominated for a Canadian JUNO award in the inaugural hard rock/metal category. This speaks nothing about their adventurous treks to remote outposts (most Canadian bands have never considered playing Newfoundland), spots at festivals like Baltimore’s Maryland Deathfest, Obscene Extreme in the Czech Republic and the Toyota-sponsored Scion Rock Fest in Los Angeles all while sharing stages of all sizes with Exhumed, KEN Mode, the Black Dahlia Murder, Psyopus, Today Is The Day and many more.
Upon the completion of their Relapse contract, the quintet decided it was time to put the finishing touches on the proverbial full-circle, returning to the world of fierce independence and creative control. 2013’s Amer EP was produced entirely at their own studio (Apartment 2), self-released and shows Fuck The Facts as an entity continuing to grow musically and personally while developing a deeper understanding of what significance their art holds to themselves. There really is no end in sight and if you needed further justification of their spirit of unwilling compromise and heads-down-barrelling-through-the-bullshit approach, then you’re thinking too hard about a band that has already been given underground extreme music something to think about for over a decade-and-a-half.
- Kevin Stewart-Panko