Feature Friday – Fighting For Ithaca

By: Jenna Melanson

Feature Friday is a new weekly post that has been added to Canadian Beats. Each Friday we will choose a band, and they will be our Feature band. We will post upcoming news, past interviews/ reviews we’ve done, and tell you all you need to know about the band.

This week, our feature band is Vancouver based pop rock band, Fighting for Ithaca. If you follow Canadian Beats, this won’t be your first time hearing of them, but no matter what get ready to learn everything you need to know about FFI, and find some super cool information out about Justin and a very special message for all of you from Phil!

The band:

Curtis Steeksma (Vocals)

Jon Steeksma (Guitar)

Tommy Phoenix (Bass)

Phil Maloney (Drums)

Justin Mattock (Guitar)

Now that being said, Phil has recently announced that he will leaving the band and his last show with the band will be on August 8th, for more information go here: https://www.facebook.com/events/415643455240427/


Phil has left a few words to all of his adoring fans:

“Hey friends, enemies, and moms! A butt-ton of you already know that I have decided to leave Fighting For Ithaca to spend more time working on my sweet bo staff skills. And also maybe to spend a little more time with the Potato and the Pinecone. Jenna at Canadian Beats (who has always been super dope to us) asked me if I had any words for the fans out there before my last show on August 8th. My first thought was “Thanks for all the mom pictures!” My next thought was “I want pizza.” THEN, I thought about how much each and every one of you has meant to the band, and to me personally. When I play the drums, I have a great view of the people in the crowd (well, at least the first couple of rows), and one of my favourite things was seeing the smiles on your faces. From coast to coast, I have met so many incredible people. I’ll never forget the first time I saw a crowd of people holding signs, and then realizing that the signs were for US, and being blown away that you took the time to do that. I’ll never forget getting inundated with penguin paraphernalia in every city we’ve played in. Or the countless messyhugs you gave me. Or the times you helped me get ridiculous, random things trending on twitter, just because you could (#attacksexdonkey and #deckthehallswithsantasballs, anyone?) I still have every gift you’ve all given me, and it’s a good thing I’m leaving now, because I don’t have any more room for anything else. You’ve all been such a huge part of my life for a long time, and I’m going to miss you. But please know that you mean EVERYTHING to someone, and there’s a star shining for you out there somewhere. Whatever you’re going through, it’s temporary, and you WILL wake up to a better tomorrow one day. Every day, be good to each other, cause nobody likes an a-hole. Keep being all the awesome, and thank you. Really. Even though you won’t see me on the stage anymore, I’ll be smiling just for you.”  P

On to the next point of business, Justin Mattock, the newest member of FFI (who replaced previous guitarist, Adamm Strange) was kind enough to answer a few questions that myself & the writers at Canadian Beats had, and we hope this helps you all get to know the newest member a little better:

First off, Justin how long have you been in the music scene?

JM: I was actually never in the scene until I joined the band. The first show I went to in the Vancouver scene was about a month ago, but I’ve been to a couple since then.

How did you first meet the band?

JM: Facebook! I was at school one day and saw a post so I decided to hit them up, and I guess it kinda worked out.

How did you feel when you heard you had been chosen as the new guitarist of Fighting for Ithaca?

JM: I was pumped because I really didn’t know how I did in the audition so I was really on the fence about it. I’d been looking to join a band for years and I was stoked they chose me.

Were you nervous for the reaction of the fans? What was it like joining a band that already has an established fan base?

JM: I actually had no clue they had that many fans, so that was a crazy surprise for me. Curtis told me they had been on tour and everything but I thought they were just a local band, so that was a good feeling.

How has the fan reaction been?

JM: Absolutely amazing. They’ve all been so supportive and they’re all so awesome. I love seeing all the tweets and facebook messages I get from them, and I’m stoked to meet them all!

Most of the members of FFI are known for interacting with fans on twitter/ facebook, are you into the social networking scene? Do you find it an important tool for bands these days?

JM: I love the social networking scene, and I love meeting everyone on it. I’ve already met tons of cool people through the band on there just over the internet. I think it’s a vital part of being in a band, because fans become friends and that’s a lifelong relationship. Just reaching out to them is one of the most important things you can do.

Now, in true Canadian Beats fashion, it seems only right to include a “fun” portion of questions so the fans can get to know you.

What is your all time favourite video game?

JM: Right now I’m a big fan of the NHL games, but my all time favorite is Zelda Ocarina of Time

What is your favourite movie quote of all time?

JM: ”It’s a donut, stuffed with M&M’s. That way when you’ve finished the donut you don’t have to eat any M&M’s” – Will Ferrell

If someone was to look at your internet browser history, which sites would they find you frequent most often?

JM: Probably just a lot of Facebook, Twitter, and Youtube. Although when I get home on the weekend from partying I tend to stay up all night looking up Space and Dinosaurs and stuff like that.

What are your favourite Canadian bands/ aritsts?

JM: I’m a big fan of the Canadian Music scene and I support everyone in it 100%. My favorites would have to be Faber Drive, Hedley, Marianas Trench, Simple Plan, Sum 41, Daniel Wesley, Our Lady Peace, and of course my boys from Chase Your Words.

What was the first concert you ever attended?

JM: I think my first concert ever was Green Day, and after that is when I really wanted to be in a band.

Last but not least, is there anything you’d like to say to the fans?

JM: Thank you so much for all the love and support so far, it means the world to me. If you ever want to chat just shoot me a message or send me a tweet, I do my best to respond to all of them.

If you haven’t had enough of Fighting For Ithaca, we want you to be sure to check out our previous interviews with the band:

Curtis Steeksma Answers It All!

Originally Posted on April 2, 2013


Fighting For Ithaca Video Interview

Originally Posted on July 11, 2013


Follow Up With Fighting For Ithaca

Originally Posted on March 26, 2014


Did we mention that FFI loves Canadian Beats?


We’re sure you still haven’t had enough of FFI, so be sure to head over to youtube and check out their singles:

Last Chance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuAuJ5Csnvo

Partying With Santa: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cey2kL7fww

Do What You Wanna (Feat. Anami Vice): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dGaTMrTTI0

Better Off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLlJ2LOIBKo

Last but not least, be sure to connect with the guys on their social networking pages:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FightingForIthaca/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/fightingforith

Curtis Twitter: wwww.twitter.com/curtisffi

Jon Twitter: www.twitter.com/jonnyffi

Tommy Twitter: www.twitter.com/tommyffi

Phil Twitter: www.twitter.com/philthyffi

Justin Twitter: www.twitter.com/justinffi

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