How would you describe your music?
Heavy, melodic rock. There’s other flavours of different genres, but that’s the overall sound.
Tell us about how the history of the band?
It started the way all the best ideas come about – a drunk night in 2010. Sam, Rob and Christian were having a few drinks and decided to start a band. They joined together with a Reggae Drummer and a Lead Guitarist/Fiddle player and thus, the band was created! The name Fear The Fallen was decided about 10 minutes before our first gig. There has been a few changes in line-up along the way, with our current drummer, Matt, joining in 2014 and now Lead Guitarist, Dan, who joined in 2015.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
We have a lot really, but I would say mainly Alter Bridge, TesseracT, Linkin Park and Architects. We take different influence from each band, the feel of Alter Bridge, riffs from Architects, ambience from TesseracT and vocals from Linkin Park.
What inspires you?
As much as it’s a cliché love, life and loss is our main inspiration. It makes everything more emotional and more genuine, when writing… That and the females!
Do you write on the road? Or do you prefer to write in the studio?
Neither really, most songs or ideas for songs are written mainly by Dan or sometimes Sam. Demos for these are recorded by Dan at his home Studio and then put in a Dropbox folder, so everyone can listen at home and get a feel for the idea. Depending on the songs, we’ll work through arrangements and the rest of the song together, or if Dan/Sam have a complete idea, we’ll just learn the parts in the practice room.
What is your favourite song to perform live?
We each have our own favourite, with out own reasons:
Christian (Main Vocal Noises and Shouts): – “More Than You Can Take”, it’s filled with loads of groove.
Dan (Twiddles and Shouts back): “L.O.W.” – it’s the hardest to play, mainly down picking to push myself.
Sam (plays Chords and makes other pleasant Vocal Noises): “Limitless”, sing along marathon.
Rob (Finger Bangs): “Reaper”… I play Bass.
Matt (Main Thumper): “Limitless”, coming out of the breakdown into the last chorus, I get goosebumps every time.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
It seems, after putting our heads together, nothing short of a world tour would fulfil our dreams.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
It’s changed a lot, certainly in the 8 years that we have been playing together. The power has moved more into the hands of the fans, with the help of platforms such as Facebook, YouTube and Spotify. Bands are able to reach fans directly, without the help of labels. Fans can find new music everywhere without much searching. The only problem is that now, the industry is so over saturated, it’s a lot harder to break through.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
Without a doubt, the weirdest experience we’ve had was supporting “Puddle of Mudd”, back in March 2016. Wes (POM Frontman) started by not showing for soundcheck, after we’d been waiting 5 hours for them, then showed up COMPLETELY hammered. He pissed on our managers shoes that night, before stumbling through half a gig and then storming off stage. He returned to play half of “She Hates Me” before storming off again. The band had no idea what was going on, so walked off at this point. He returned once more to sit topless on a stool in the middle of the stage, whilst looking confused as to why people were shouting abuse at him. The gig ended up in the NME – ’twas an eventful night.
What are your future plans?
We are looking to get out on the road and take FTF to the people that really matter – our fans. They have been amazing so far and we want to make them proud to be a part of the FTF family. All futures are uncertain, but we have the drive and determination to forge our own path… Here’s to the journey and everyone we meet along the way!