“When developing the musical aspect, I think we’re attempting to evoke an emotion that will help connect with the listener,” said Bret Masters, guitarist in Tampa, FL Indie band Fight Another Day in a recent email interview. “We want people to connect to the feeling and tone of the song. This lays the groundwork for Matt to apply lyrics. I think his lyrics are aimed at saying ‘Hey, you’re not alone. We feel the same way.’ Hopefully people will take away the fact that we have jobs and have to go to work like everyone else. We’re not rock stars, we are you.”
Fight Another Day is an Indie rock band based in Tampa, FL. Together since 2010, they have played many dates throughout Central Florida and look forward to branching farther out on future tours. Not a band who chooses to do things half-way, they had their debut EP, “Rub Some Dirt On It,” produced by well-known Orlando, FL based producer/musician Brett Hestla (Dark New Day, Framing Hanley).
“Brett was great,” said Masters. “I was intimidated at first, but he was so very easy-going and quickly made everyone feel comfortable. He has a wealth of knowledge and he wasn’t arrogant about it. He’d chat with us. We’d watch a funny video and relax and then he’d send one of us out to record a part. He made it so easy. So easy that most of the time, we took very few takes getting our parts done. I can’t imagine working with anyone else. He also let us get to know him, which I’d never experienced in my few ventures into other studios.”
Fight Another Day’s songs are a collaborative effort among the band members, with Masters contributing music to the mix. “The word ‘writing’ sounds so deliberate,” said Masters. “I guess at some point it’s deliberate, but in the beginning I’m just sitting around making strange and horrible noises on my guitar. Then I’ll hit something that catches my attention. Once I get that, I’ll deliberately start expanding from there but I make sure that I don’t go too far. I create while it comes to me and when it stops, I just stop. I try not to box myself into something because I then take it to the rest of the band and everyone becomes a part of that writing process. I find that if I bring a few good pieces of a song in, the band makes the song so much better than if it were just me. As for starting inspiration I guess I’ll be in a certain mood and when I reach a chord that resonates with that mood, it sticks and I go with it.”
The Indie musician is not very impressed with his own guitar playing style. “It’s a complete mess. I have no formal training and I know my ‘technique,’ if you can call it that, is terrible. I watch Shane [Troutman Fight Another Day’s other guitarist] play and his hands move very little while I feel like I just kind of flail my big meaty hooves around hoping I land on a good note.”
Masters’ musical influences include a wide variety of bands from The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Tom Petty, Collective Soul and Breaking Benjamin. The Monkees are one of the bands he admires. “They could have sat back and done what everyone wanted them to do and get rich but they fought to be independent and do music the way they wanted to. That took guts.”
Paul McCartney is another well-known musician he admires. “He doesn’t need the money, yet he’s still out there performing, creating and enjoying music.”
The Tampa based musician feels that while most bands start from the same place, their individual members and evolution beyond the starting point is what sets one band apart from another. “In so many ways we are all alike,” he said. “We are passionate about our craft and we are all out there busting our butts to try and get ourselves out there. I respect and admire every band out there that has the guts to take their style and put it on display for others to judge and critique. Having said that, I do feel there are a few things that make us different than some. We have such a varied collection of musical interests. I’m sure if you look through each of our music collections you’d wonder what brought us all together. I think it’s those differences that keep us open to different things during our writing process and contributes to what I think is a good thing and that is that all our songs don’t sound the same. Each song has a pretty distinct feel and we intentionally try to avoid similarities. Why write the same song more than once? Sometimes I’ll hear a band play an amazing song. Just great stuff, and then the next one sounds just like it. It may be just as well done but you are tired of it because you just heard it five minutes ago. We strive to make each song stand on its own.”
Fight Another Day’s EP, “Rub Some Dirt On It,” is available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Rhapsody and Spotify. Music fans can check out the Indie band on their official site, Facebook page, Reverbnation, Twitter and You Tube channel.