"When things are down, I know that she is there, and because she's there I knew we're going to pull through," says Fuck the Facts guitarist Topon Das on the relationship that drives the band and vice versa. "I don't remember what it's like without her."
Canadian grindcore band Fuck The Facts create music as intelligent as it is aggressive, drawing on experimental noise and jazz. Die Miserable is their new full-length studio album alongside Misery, a self-recorded EP. Die Miserable is a hulking monster replete with distorted, eerily organic instrumentation and sophisticated songwriting. Misery, in contrast, is much more relaxed, featuring shorter, aggressive songs and a raw, natural sound. Topon admits, "Of all of our work, I am most proud of these."
What sets Fuck The Facts apart is the strong creative and romantic partnership at the band's core. Topon and vocalist Melanie Mongeon have been together since the band evolved from a solo project in the late '90s to a full band in 2001. "We're working together as a couple and as bandmates," Mongeon explains. "There is no dead time, never a boring night. No matter what other band members have fallen away, there is always the two of us, and we make each other stronger." Mongeon took only six months off following the recent birth of their daughter (and performed while pregnant), and admits that "by the end, I was itching to get back. I missed playing live so much!"
For these ambitious noisemakers, there is no work/life divide. "Even when we try to relax, we start talking about music," Das says. "Then ideas start rushing in our heads and before we know it we're back at the rehearsal space. It happens so naturally, If I stepped into traffic and was hit by a bus tonight, I know I didn't waste any time."