Growing up in Canada, Fuck the Facts founder/guitarist Topon Das lived something of a double life.

Growing up in Canada, Fuck the Facts founder/guitarist Topon Das lived something of a double life.

During the week, the musician, who first launched the band as a solo project in the late '90s, would hole up in the basement of the family home with his bass guitar, shredding along while blasting albums like Metallica's …And Justice for All. Then on weekends, he'd hit the road with a neighboring family to perform soft-rocking spirituals for a handful of religious congregations.

"I had a friend who played drums, and his dad played guitar," said Das, reached at his home in Ottawa, Ontario, for an early November phone interview. "My friend and I would spend our time listening to death metal, but all our shows were with his dad playing churches."

Desire Will Rot, the latest from the grindcore quintet, which visits Spacebar for a concert on Friday, Nov. 20, occasionally comes on as though it were written in service to a much darker lord. Songs build on elaborate, finger-cramping guitar passages, stone-pulverizing drums and demonic, guttural growls courtesy of singer Mel Mongeon (bassist Marc Bourgon also contributes vocals, lending some tracks a beastly he-bellowed, she-bellowed dichotomy).

Despite the bandmates' shared fondness for extreme sounds - "Growing up, there was something in my head that was triggered whenever I would hear music that was a bit crazier than the last thing," Das said, pointing to "Walking Corpse," a song off the 1992 Brutal Truth album Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses, as the track that kick-started his love affair with noise - the album is not without its quieter moments. A song like "Circle," for one, finds the players temporarily stepping outside the twisting, writhing musical mass for an extended atmospheric number that projects cathedral stillness.

"When I started this project, I wanted to have a band where I could really do anything musically," said Das, who cribbed the band's name from a song off Naked City, the 1990 album from avant-garde musician John Zorn. "I was really into noise and grind and metal … and with the bands I was playing in at the time I wasn't able to explore anything; we were metal bands, and that was going to be it. With Fuck the Facts it was like, 'I can do anything I want, because this is my thing.'"

"Our discography is pretty eclectic. I was never scared of playing slow, or doing more experimental things. We're all adults, like 30-plus; we're not 16-year-old kids that only listen to death metal. We listen to a wide range of music, and all those influences seep into what we do."

The frontman further ascribed Fuck the Facts' eclectic output to its democratic approach. "Everyone in the band is involved in the writing, so we all put our own little touch in," he said. "Even though I started this thing, it's important that it's our band."

This is a far cry from the group's earliest days, when Das, then its sole member, initiated the project as a means of overcoming the frustrations that developed logging time in a string of local bands content with treading water.

"I spent years in bands where we talked about doing all these things, but then we never really went out and did it. I wanted to release records and I wanted to go out and play shows, and I wasn't going to be able to pull that off with the bands I was playing with at the time," he said. "With Fuck the Facts, one of my main motivations was that I wanted to do something. I think my strong suit in the band - and even as a musician - is just my motivation. I really wanted to play music and I wanted to be successful in my own sort of way, and I had the drive to do it."

Not even a bumpy start could dissuade Das - "We were really a horrible band [in the beginning]; we didn't know what the fuck we were doing, and when I listen back to some recordings I shudder, like, 'My god, I can't believe we released this,'" he said - and with Fuck the Fact's 15th anniversary looming this January (the date denotes the point in time Das opened the project up to outsiders) the musician can finally appreciate just how far things have progressed.

"When I started in my dad's basement with a four-track, I never thought I'd be on the phone with you almost 20 years later talking about some tour I'm about to go on," he said. "But if we didn't take those first steps, we wouldn't be where we are right now. It's really about getting out there and doing it."


9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20

2590 N. High St., Old North

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