Nashville, Tennessee trio idle threat have signed to Tooth & Nail Records. The band will drop their label debut, the Nothing Is Broken For Good EP, on August 21
We got to ask a few questions to the band and got the answers back from Ernie Fabian – Guitar/Vocals in idle threat….
- Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
-We formed idle threat back in 2014 as a three piece. Zeke (bass) and I played in the worship band at our church and became friends over similar tastes in music. He and JJ (drums) were friends and occasionally jammed together. When Zeke and I decided to start writing music, he introduced me to JJ, and the three of us began meeting all the time to write.
In 2015, we released our EP titled Grown Tired. We toured a ton on that record (for entirely too long) until we finally started working on our next EP, signing with Tooth & Nail.
- What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
-Back in 2006, a buddy of mine showed me a couple heavier bands. At first, I didn’t like them at all but after sticking with it for some time, I grew to love them. Many of them are still some of my favorite bands to this day, like mewithoutYou and Norma Jean. From that point on, I knew I wanted to learn an instrument and begin writing my own music.
I just genuinely love music. I love listening to it. I love playing it. I love creating it. So I’d say that playing night after night is what keeps me going. It’s kind of a cycle. I get excited to play that night, we get on stage, and as soon as I get off I’m looking forward to the next time we get to do it again.
- So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
-We have a new EP titled Nothing is Broken For Good set to be released via Tooth & Nail Records on August 21st. Along with the EP, a music video for our first single “Cement” will be released in the following weeks. Other than that, just sitting on our hands and writing music while we wait for COVID to be done so we can get back out there and play shows.
- If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?
-I always wanted to be a professional athlete, but never grew tall enough to make that a reality. I got a business degree in college so I’m sure I would be working for a corporation or something making a ton of money, or I’d have opened my own business by now and would be making no money at all.
- What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
-I don’t know, but I can tell you the least funny question I’ve ever been asked: “Hey Ernie, where’s Bert?” Yes, I share the same name with a Sesame Street character. It hurt my feelings in like kindergarten, but now its just a lazy comedic punchline. My name is badass.
- If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
-I want to be remembered for being someone that truly loves others because of the love that Christ has shown me. I try my best (and fail often) to show compassion, empathy, and inclusivity to everyone I interact with inside and outside of music.
- On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
–What number signifies “equally as good”? I honestly really dig all of the songs we have written for this release. We put a lot of time into each one and couldn’t possibly compare them to one another.
- What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
-I will always love “Empty House”. It’s our most recent single, but it isn’t the first time we have released it. We planned on releasing it as a stand alone single, but when we began writing for this EP, we quickly realized that it fit so well with all of the other songs and the theme of the record, so we re-recorded it and released it again. I just feel that it best shows our sound – from the melodies to the vocal cadences to the guitar and drum work. It’s probably the first song of ours that I remember thinking, “Yeah that’s a good song” without having any doubts.
- Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
-I can absolutely get better as a musician/singer. I recognize that I could always be better at playing guitar. I’m not the flashiest player, and it takes me a while to write things that I will actually like a few days later. I don’t know a ton of theory, and I play what I think sounds good, but I’m always willing to learn more. Through practice and being humble enough to ask more experienced players for guidance, I improve from record to record.
- If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
-I’ll give them a few. I can wiggle my ears, have been occasionally teaching myself to juggle for like a year, and I love my wife.
- You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
-I would be a shade of purple called “bibtondo” because one time I went to type “Nintendo” in a text and it autocorrected to “bibtondo”. I just really think that’s a funny made-up word, and purple is my favorite color.
- Who are you inspired by?
-Musically, my biggest inspiration is Josh Scogin of ‘68/The Chariot/Norma Jean. He’s a musical genius in my eyes, and his views on music and the authenticity that comes with being a human have always inspired the way that I write.
Non-musically, I’d have to say my Dad. He’s just a really good dad, and I’m thankful God arranged for me to be born through him.
- What’s an average day like for you?
-I wake up a 6:00 AM every morning, actually roll out of bed at 6:30 AM, and quickly get ready and drive to the coffee shop that I run (Carpe Café). I work from 7 AM to 3 PM generally, head home, kiss my wife, play with my dog and cat, and then read my Bible. After that, I work out for about an hour and then spend the rest of the evening with my wife, playing Call of Duty, eating dinner, or going to see our friends. We’re usually in bed by 10 PM and back at it the next day.
Each week our band usually gets together once or twice to write or hang out, but that’s typically my day-to-day in a nutshell.
- Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
-Well first of all, it’s still weird to think of anyone who supports our band as a “fan”, but speaking more to the inclusion that we try to achieve, we always try to befriend as many people as possible at shows. Before and after we play, we’re right in the crowd with everyone else. Online, however, we all have access to the social media accounts and try our best to respond to every message we see. It sucks being left on read, so we try not to do that to anyone.
- Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
-Early on I had pretty bad performance anxiety. I’ve found that the more I play, the better I feel before getting on stage. I still get a little anxious before each show, but the moment I step on stage, those nerves subside, and I just give it my all.
- Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
-My favorite venue in Nashville is called Mercy Lounge. I just love going to shows there and some of the best ones I have ever seen have been in that bar. As a performer, though, I have a couple favorites. In Nashville, we played the Exit/In once to a sold out crowd. It has had so many iconic bands play that stage, and it was a huge honor to be a very small part of that legacy. In Kansas City, MO we absolutely love a venue called The Rino, and in Little Rock, AR there is the legendary Vino’s Pizza.
- What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
-I’d say three things: 1) Believe in yourself even if nobody else seems to get what you are doing; 2) stick at it long enough to see a reward; and 3) work hard to earn those rewards, not expecting any free handouts.
Thanks a ton for thinking of us for this interview. We are truly grateful for the opportunity!