By Harriet Kaplan
Fable Cry is a “theatrical scamp rock band” that resides in Nashville, TN. The eclectic quartet draw inspiration, musically and poetically, from all things imaginative, mythical, and spooky.” The band has just released and is promoting their latest album vividly and intriguingly called “We’ll Show You Where the Monsters Are.” Fable Cry is highlighting four diverse tracks of interest: “Dead or Alive (For Now),” “The Zoo of No Return,” and “Onion Grin.” Also three videos to accompany three other songs : “You Ain’t My Baby No More,” “The Good Doctor,” and “Fancy Dancing.” Fable Cry have two local shows coming up: one on February 12 at Mainstreet Music, another at Cosmic Charlie’s in Lexington, KY on February 13 and on March 5 at The East Room for an LGBT Charity Event. Fable Cry will also be going on tour this Spring. BoC caught up with the Fable Cry frontman Zach Ferrin, a fun and good natured guy with a serious and introspective side, who discussed how the band came together, their individual backgrounds that influenced their unique sound, what is the inspiration for the material on their latest album and more.
Where does the band come from and how did you all come together as a unit? How did you choose that band name?
Zach Ferrin: After being birthed in Denver, then moving to Nashville, I started the band in 2010. Really, the nature of the songs that were written already decided the band name: whimsical, loud, outrageous. Eventually, a handsome bass player from Puerto Rico (Scott Fernandez), a bad ass drummer from Baltimore (Rachel Gerlach), and a spunky violinist from Boston (Jo Cleary), all came to Nashville for various reasons of their own. Magic began when our paths intersected, and it’s been magic ever since.
Does the band have roots in Irish and Appalachian music with your respective heritage? If not, where do those influences come from?
Zach Ferrin: I’m basically a European mutt, but my Scotch/Irish heritages are the ones that were probably most celebrated growing up. Grew up listening to Boys of the Lough, the Dubliners, and eventually Flogging Molly, all the while imagining that one day I would take the crown from Michael Flatley to become Riverdance’s next shining star… Well, fate dealt me other cards… Jo Cleary, as her name might suggest, is also Irish and well versed in fiddle tunes. It’s fun that you notice that, because I think those influences come out of us without necessarily intending to – we certainly don’t hide them either, though!
How did the band come to be influenced by gypsy and cabaret music?
Zach Ferrin: I got really into Django Reinhardt when I was first learning guitar, then Gogol Bordello in high school. Also, I had always loved musicals and was typically drawn to the ones that had fun music with dark themes – from Cabaret and Chicago, to The Hunchback of Notre Dame! Actually, much of what drew us together as a band was our love of theater, and gypsy music.
How did you come up with the album name, “We’ll Show You Where the Monsters Are.”
Zach Ferrin: That sounds very dark. Would you say the songs are a reflection of the title? What inspired that?
Absolutely. The themes in many of the songs deal with duality, darkness, creating, and destroying. Shining a light on the darkest parts of yourself and learning to accept who you are, by finding a balance. We were all kicking around different title ideas when Scott (bass) who was otherwise silent, spoke up with the suggestion. It just made sense.
What other EPs or albums have you released?
Zach Ferrin: We released our self-titled debut LP in 2011, and have been featured on the last two Firebreath Records Holiday compilation albums for 2014 and 2015, wherein we recorded two songs from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.
You’re performing at an LGBT Charity event how did you get involved in that? Are gay rights near and dear to your heart?
Zach Ferrin: Everyone wants to be accepted for who they are, or feel that they have a place in this world. Each of us have found that in each other, and in our music and loved ones, but not everyone has that. The proceeds of the show will go to Launch Pad (Nashville) whose aim is to ensure that all youth without stable housing have a safe place to sleep throughout the year, regardless of their gender identification, sexuality, or sexual orientation. It blows my mind that this is still such a huge issue in 2016, but it is. Kids are thrown out of their own homes just for being themselves. By their own families. It’s completely unacceptable. So if we can help support a place that provides any bit of relief from that pain, we’ll gladly give our time to support them.
What is next for Fable Cry?
Zach Ferrin: The road! We are playing SXSW and going up the North East coast in the Spring, and booking shows for the Summer. The previous year was so packed with recording and releasing this album, along with four music videos, we are finally ready to take this show on the road in a big way! Since becoming Lord of the Dance didn’t work out, all of our efforts are on this thing. Indeed, we will see you soon, world, live and in person!