BY VANESSA JOY
We music-hounds here at Azmusic.org got to sit down with the guys of Interfate recently. Nowhere near an overnight success, Interfate is an Arizona group that we’re all too pleased to follow as their popularity rises quicker than the outside temps. We got the pleasure of delving into exactly who this band is and their plans for future clout . We might as well–they’re here to stay.
Fronted by Jordan Sanchez, a soft-spoken character with smoldering eyes who wields a big vocal “stick”, Interfate has seen a surge in interest over the past year. It’s mainly due to their enthralling hard rock anthem “Fear” released in 2015. The track showcases the band’s plentiful musical layers and perked up the ears of fans, colleagues and onlookers alike. When asked why he thinks Interfate has garnered such relevance in the scene as of late Sanchez replies, “I think we’ve just been fortunate enough to be booking these awesome shows and getting our music out there–slowly and surely.” Hopefully, you made it out to the band’s inaugural Livewire performance in Scottsdale last Sunday. They provided the opening entertainment, and gained a flood of new fans for themselves, for heavy metal supergroup Hellyeah. They’ve also provided local support for the likes of: Nonpoint, Taproot, Smile Empty Soul, Static X, Boy Hits Car and In This Moment to name a limited few. We all know the protocol for getting your band heard: promote, gig and fucking rock. These guys seem to have received the memo.
Like an incredible lover, Interfate takes you on an emotive roller coaster of visceral feelings that are lovely to feel and yet hard to reconcile when it ends. They wrap you in a flannel of melodic hardcore, whilst kissing you in the morning and just walking away–they leave us wanting more. “[We shoot for] a modern sound,” says Sanchez. Drummer, Charles Kendall adds, “I think we’re between Breaking Benjamin and Seether. [Our style] keeps changing. Our new stuff is way different…well, not too different,” he assures. With undeniable grunge roots as well, these Phoenix ingenues have grown up in the scene, and are now the men we hear on tracks such as “Tremble”. “We just released “Tremble” about two months ago–it’s a little more laid back,” states Sanchez.
Something that seems to be rare in the AZ music scene, is witnessing a band give another their due. But, the guys in Interfate know exactly what kind of gifts they possess musically/vocally, and their love for the scene is free-flowing and refreshing–these guys are true musicians. “We’ve played a lot of shows in California, and it’s a whole different attitude,” says Kendall. “The bands there actually like each other. They work with each other and bring each other’s crowds together.” “Their fans are there to see other bands…not just their band and leave, which I feel happens a lot [in Arizona],” adds Sanchez. When asked which of their contemporaries they enjoy seeing as fans, the band replies in unison, “Bear Ghost!” Ethan 103, Frequis, Nomada and Tome all received honorable mention from the guys.
In addition to seeing these guys at the regular haunts(i.e. Joe’s Grotto, Marquee and a myriad of Tempe/Scottsdale venues) you might be lucky enough to catch them making ear holes wet just for fun with their side project, The Grunge Sponges, at Devil’s Advocate on Tuesday nights during open mic. “Just [something] to keep ourselves busy,” says Sanchez. With the assist from cocksure bassist Ty Koile and the restorative rhythm guitar from band newbie Carl Martinez, we’re certain “them Interfate boys” will be very busy in the coming days. Escape the heat this weekend, and catch the band this Friday at The Drunken Lass Irish Pub in Prescott, Arizona.