Escape The Fate Talk Success, New Fans, Respond to All That Remains’ Criticism
Rock On The Range 2011 proved to be every bit as epic as previous installments, if not better. Not surprising since this was the 5th anniversary of the festival. A ton of awesome bands took over the three stages this past weekend at Crew Stadium in Columbus, OH including one of my favorites, Escape The Fate. Lead vocalist Craig Mabbitt and drummer Robert Ortiz stopped by to talk about the group's major label success.
Escape The Fate have gone through a lot of drama for a band that has only been around since 2004. Former lead singer Ronnie Radke went to prison in 2008 and was just released last December. Bassist Max Green was admitted to rehab a month before that, forcing the band to pull out of a tour with Bullet For My Valentine. Even after all that, Escape The Fate have managed to persevere.
"For some reason, no matter what happens, we seem to come up on the stage or come out on top," Mabbitt said. "I don't get it. I don't know what it is."
"We're crazy in our heads man," added Ortiz. "Trust me, it's affected us, but you got to keep your eyes on the prize. You know, we make good music together. We love what we do, so it keeps us rolling."
Mabbitt and Ortiz went on to talk about how good it feels to gain new fans and even touched on All That Remains singer Philip Labonte, who responded to a fan on Facebook that Escape The Fate receives preferential treatment due to their powerful management team.
"Better management this, better opportunities that; I mean I guess you could say that," Mabbitt responded. "But sometimes it's just about being at the right place at the right time and doing the right moves when you should do them."
And don't think that Escape The Fate have any animosity toward All That Remains. It's the complete opposite.
"Me and my guitarist (Bryan Money) warm up to All That Remains every day because their triplets are so gnarly," reveals Ortiz. "To me, the fact that their singer is even mentioning our band is awesome."
Watch the whole interview below. Escape The Fate are part of the 2011 Rockstar Energy Drink UPROAR Festival, which also features Avenged Sevenfold, Three Days Grace, Seether, Bullet For My Valentine and more.