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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group/band/act?

Operation Fear is Brenden Glick, Daniel Stout, Justin Glick and Jeremy Schleicher

Afresh: Where are the artists from?

Justin and Brenden are from Intercourse, PA… yes it is a real town.

Daniel is from St. Joseph, Missouri

Jeremy is from Stewartsville, Missouri.

What is their talent in the group?

B does the vocals, Daniel plays the drums, Justin plays the bass and Jeremy plays the guitar.

Afresh: How did the band get the name?

The name Operation Fear is a tribute to many things. The first being Black Sabbath, the original heavy metal band. It’s also a tribute to horror movies and the king of macabre films, Mario Bava. In the USA the film known as Kill, Baby, Kill was originally released in Italy under the name Operazione Paura which translates to Operation Fear. It is also a bit of a tribute to the punk band Operation Ivy.

Afresh: What instrument do you play now? (If applicable)

Daniel and Jeremy are both skill musicians and can play several different instruments. Justin plays the bass but can also play the guitar. Aside from vocals, B plays the bass every now and then.

Afresh: How would you describe your music/art/entertainment for the public audience if they have never seen you before?

We don’t know many musicians or artists that like to put a label on what they do. If you like heavy metal, it would be best to check out a live show and decide for yourself.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live or making art?

We’ve all been passionate artists for the majority of our lives and we’ve all been involved with bands since our teens or earlier.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now?

Well, B and Justin are brothers; after they moved to Missouri, Justin and Jeremy went to school together. They’ve been playing together since 2006. They were looking for a drummer when they got a message from Daniel on myspace. Daniel joined the band in August of 2009 and the rest is history.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group?

Well at first, it was finding a drummer, lucky Daniel solved that problem! Learning the ins and outs of the music industry is very tricky; we’ve been learning as we go.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles?

Perseverance and professionalism. A good sense of humor helps too.

Afresh: Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music?

The “economic crunch” has hurt all industry and commerce across the globe. If anything, the American music industry’s outlook on and resistance to the internet has hurt the music industry the most.

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today?

Learn how to play first! Once you’ve learned how to play, learn how to be exceptional. After you’ve learned how to be an exceptional musician, focus on how to become a great performer. Never let your ego “write checks that your ass can’t cash!”

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical/artistic interests?

No. The few family members that we have that are interested or involved in music have NOT been fans of heavy metal.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?

We all have eclectic tastes for music, of course we are partial to heavy metal.

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us?

Being dedicated musicians takes up most of our time, but we also love to listen to music and we love to play video games.

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing?

The love of music… And every single day job that any of us have ever had.

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent?

We could literally spend all day on this topic.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing/art/literature?

Brenden does all the lyrics and most band art. We usually our individual parts for each song.

Afresh:  Where would you like to see yourself within the next five years as an artist?

On tour, bringing our music to metal heads around the world.

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of?

You mean aside from the typical groupie? They’re out there and it seems that we meet at least one of them at each of our shows. It is always interesting.

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal?

Yes, in fact this happens often… This even when we are at our practice area.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us?

Well, one time Justin caught some kind of stomach virus. Halfway through one of our songs he puked all over and off the stage. It was nasty, but he wiped the bile off his face, regained his composure and nailed the rest of the set. And then he infected the rest of the band with it.

Afresh: What has been the most bizarre thing (thrown) on the stage with you?  How did you react?

There has been a few times that people have somehow been tossed up onto the stage. Sometimes it is hard not to laugh, especially when they face-plant into someone’s knee, but we try to keep our composure and go on with the show.

Afresh: What has been the worst nightmare for the group?  How did you get through it all?

Looking for the right drummer! Luckily we got a message on myspace that said “You’re a band looking for a drummer, I’m a drummer looking for a band.” Thank the metal gods for sending Daniel our way!

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News?

August 21st at Jumpin’ Jack’s in St. Joseph, September 4th at The Beaumont Club in Kansas City, September 11th at Davey’s Uptown Rambler’s Club, and October 1st at Aftershock Grill & Bar

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? (Name up to three)

Original line up of Black Sabbath because they pioneered metal and are some of our biggest idols.

Pantera, because we’re all huge fans, they were amazing and Dimebag changed the heavy metal world.

Metallica, circa 1984… Cliff Burton, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, and Lars Ulrich… do we need to say more?

AND Jimi Hendrix, the father of modern guitar.

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping?

It’s nothing new, really. People used to make mixed tapes and copy artists work with cassette tapes. The same thing happened with CDs. Most of the time, if someone liked it, they’d go out and get the official album for the art, lyrics, etc. Unfortunately, technology has made it as simple as knowing how to spell, to go out and find all this stuff and more on the internet. We don’t see anything wrong with sharing a track or two with friends that have similar interest and taste, but when everyone starts taking advantage of the artists and gets it all for free, it makes it extremely hard for that artist to continue making new material for people to enjoy.

However, file sharing has completely changed the music industry and those that don’t evolve and adapt to it will fall behind. It can be a very powerful tool to get out there and get known. Taking an outlook of complete banishment of file sharing will only lead to failure.

Afresh:  If you had only five minutes on earth to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why did you choose this particular piece?

The first five minutes of Dead Presidents, because if we can impact the entire world, we’d like it to be the realization that self-centeredness and greed are two of the biggest flaws in human nature.

Afresh:  When things seem to go negatively at times, how do you turn things into something positive?

Well there’s always substance abuse. But, seriously, just playing the music is therapy in of itself.

Afresh:  If you have a current CD released, how long did the process take for you to do from start to finish?

We are sill working on it, so far it has been about a month.

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you?

We will be posting some live footage on youtube and reverb nation in the near future

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