Tell me about the story of the band!
We were born in 2008, with the same line-up, but we go as FELON since 2013.
As singles we share a big part of our lives, the one that matters, and we feel emotionally very close. After few changes in style and sound we chose to stay true to our guts, to feel comfortable in what we play as we do with each other.
That’s what matters so far…

What did you do in the last six months?
We spent most of the time in our studio producing our first album Bleak Bubble, we played a couple of gigs and worked on new material.

What have you got in your wallet now?
Nothing but emptiness, as there’s always been.

Why have you chosen this name for your band?
Our vocalist used to watch a cartoon called “The Boondocks” and the protagonist was talking about felony, he really liked this word and looked for all the possible meanings of it and found out we really recognized ourselves in that simple term. To us, a Felon is someone who goes against conformity, a misfit who doesn’t accept the reality he lives in and feels no sense of belonging at all, at least this is what we like to think about it.

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How important is the look/appearance for your band?
It’s quite important actually, we like to express ourselves in multiple ways and when you listen to our music, then look at us, you’re able to understand why most of the songs sound like that and why we prefer a dark atmosphere instead of something else. We really are who we describe in our songs!

Tell us about the new LP “Bleak Bubble”. Are you fully satisfied with it?
Yes, we’re really satisfied with our final product because it sounds really different and weird in a sense. It’s not the typical album you can easily classify and perhaps that’s not a good thing, because our songs require more than a listen to be understood, but that’s what we wanted to do and we’re happy with that.

Which is the highest point of the LP?
Songs like Old Stains, Let You Down and Pain Loop made us proud of our work ’cause we were able to express ourselves in the best possible way in those songs.

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…And the low point?
Probably “INRI” because when we recorded it we found out it didn’t sound as much powerful as in our live performances, otherwise some of the songs were composed 3-4 years ago when we were in another mindset, but the whole thing is a history about our lives in the last 5 years.

How would you define your sound?
A mixture of romantic melodies and raw riffs combined with powerful drums which lead us to create this sound. The most important thing is the delivery of a strong emotion in each song, that’s our true goal and we will always fight for that.

Alternative Rock. Describe for me this word! And what do you think, is a good compromise to describe your style?
We use a 7 strings guitar and the drums are really powerful but we don’t classify ourselves as a metal band because there’s a lot of mellowness in our songs and we thought the word “alternative rock” would fit better with our sound and the way we build melodies because there are a lot of unusual dissonances filled with more melodic patterns, so to us, alternative rock is a genre in which you can do whatever you want without feeling forced to conform to a precise genre, and the final result will sound weird and mysterious in a way.

Which bands have influenced your style?
Deftones, as everyone ever told, but each member of the band put its own influence in the making of the songs: half of us comes from a very black music-oriented background and the other half suits more “modern” styles, actually the drummer has always been a metalhead…

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
An empty mind is a strong synonymous of happiness, which doesn’t mean being ignorant or naive, but realizing that letting go from pain and attachment is freedom and nothing really matters. We need to relax and enjoy our temporary ride as human beings in this world, as Bill Hicks said.

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Tell me some of the bands you admire.
Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Gojira, Muse, Avenged Sevenfold, Portishead, Jeff Buckley, Queens of the Stone Age exc.. This list could go on for miles.

What song is in your head right now?
Exit Music (For a Film) by Radiohead.

And of your local music scene?
We’re not very happy with our local music scene because we don’t actually have one. Sadly we don’t expect to build one because we know really well the audience we have, and just a few people are willing to listen to an entire set of any band. It’s not just about us, this involves each band in our city. It feels like they’re watching a video on youtube and they want to skip to the last minute of it. In our humble opinion people should start caring about their local scene instead of just pretending.

What is the most embarrassing situation you’ve ever been with Felon?
Going around (drunk as hell) our town butt naked singing our songs after a gig. Hard to forget.

Have you got a good reason to be in Behind Magazine?
Yes! We’re here to share our first album with you and your audience and we hope you’ll like it, thanks for caring!

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