FACT stream new album, ‘Witness’, released on May 5th in the UK!
+ UK dates w/ Memphis May Fire begin this week!
After bursting into the consciousness of fans of heavy music, both nationally and internationally with the release of 2009’s self-titled major label debut, FACT has gone on to become one of Japan’s biggest and best-loved rock bands of the decade.
With the band’s last two records charting in the Top 10 in their native Japan and with international releases through Vagrant, Hassle and Good Fight Music, the band has continued to enhance their burgeoning reputation with intensive touring, both on home turf and across the United States and Europe – touring which has seen them play on the main stage at festivals such as Sonisphere (UK) and Summer Sonic (Japan), as well as forge a hardcore following with a series of club tours alongside established international touring acts Your Demise, Iwrestledabearonce, Senses Fail and Memphis May Fire amongst many others.
Having gained a member on vocals and guitar in early 2012 (unusually for a Japanese band, said new member is actually an Englishman), FACT have spent the last two years carefully tweaking and perfecting their newly bulked-up sound, heading to Orlando, Florida in the Autumn of 2013 to record with world-renowned producer Michael ‘Elvis’ Baskette (Incubus, Alter Bridge, …).
The result is ‘Witness’, the band’s fourth album through Japanese major label Maximum 10/AVEX, fifth in total, and more importantly first album as a six-piece. Now with a triple guitar attack and lead vocals playing back and forth between Hiro and Adam, that the band is peaking creatively is unquestionable. From the down-tuned, hardcore roar of “Disclosure”, through the cheekily playful yet powerful “Ape”, to the classic hooky yet technical FACT sound of “Miles Away”, ‘Witness’ is not only overflowing with creativity, it’s more importantly jam-packed with incredible songs.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ‘MILES AWAY’ BELOW:
If you’re looking for style over substance visuals, day-glo synth silliness or superfluous beatdowns, then you’ve definitely come to the wrong place. However, if what you’re after is one of the most exhilarating, captivating rock records of 2014 then ‘Witness’ is going to be right up your street.
‘WITNESS’ is available to stream on Spotify now ahead of it’s UK retail release on May 5th.
Stream the album here:
UK DATES w/ MEMPHIS MAY FIRE
Thur 10th April Birmingham O2 Academy – SOLD OUT
Fri 11th April Manchester Academy 3 – SOLD OUT
Sat 12th Newcastle Academy 2
Sun 13th April Glasgow Cathouse – SOLD OUT
Tues 15th April Leeds Cockpit
Wed 16th April London KOKO
Thurs 17th April Southampton Talking Heads – SOLD OUT
Fri 18th April Plymouth White Rabbit