Last week, I chatted over email with a band who “blurs the lines of the most intriguing sound of rock and alternative music from the 90’s through today.” They are Falling Through April (FTA), a five-piece from Charlotte, NC. FTA has toured with The Pretty Reckless (Razor & Tie) and Adelita’s Way (Virgin), performed at the 2014 Warped Tour, and released their brand new EP “Risks And Rewards” on iTunes last January. Read on to get a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of this edgy alternative band. I asked about their inspirations, new album, and what might happen if they were to switch bodies with each other for a day!
A Perfect Playlist: How/when did the band get started?
Falling Through April (Dave): The band started in July 2011. Myself and our original vocalist, Cory, were the first two members to get this project going. We were in another band together and things were falling apart and we wanted to keep pursuing music. So we started Falling Through April.
APP: How would you describe your sound?
FTA (Dan): Our music is like a mix of modern alternative meets 90’s alternative. We were all inspired by the incredible wave of 90’s alternative era. Bands like Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, The Offspring, Foo Fighters, Incubus, Weezer (one of our faves), etc. We’re not trying to be like any of those bands but it’s what we grew up on and listened to heavily when we first started playing our instruments.
APP: How do you become inspired to write a song?
FTA: (Dan): It depends really. I honestly have melodies and song ideas floating around my head all the time. I could be standing in line and all of a sudden I get an idea. Sometimes I write songs in the bathroom, haha. I really just depends.
APP: How did you think of the name Falling Through April for the band?
APP: Who were some of your musical inspirations as kids, and who are they now?
FTA (Taylor): Jose from Incubus was a huge inspiration for me. Still is. I have a lot of respect for his style and skill.
(Dan): We have a bunch between us but people like Joe Bonamassa, Victor Wooten, Dean DeLeo, Danny Carey, Sia..too many to list.
APP: If each of you could switch bodies with someone in the band, who would switch with who and why?
FTA: (Dan): Probably…Dave. Because he’s so loud and bastardly. I want to know what it’s like to be loud and bastardly.
(Matt): Jim. For reasons we won’t speak out loud.
(Matt): None, we might not appreciate how amazing those songs are if we wrote them.
APP: Dream collab?
(Dan): Hayley Williams. So much respect for how awesome of a vocalist she is.
(Dave): Red Hot Chili Peppers.
(Jim): Alice Cooper.
(Matt): Panic! at the Disco.
APP: Do you have any advice for bands/singers who are just starting a career in music and trying to build a fanbase?
(Dan): Hard work, hard work, hard work, and more hard work. Do not stop touring, promoting, networking, doing anything and everything you can to get your name out. If you believe in your band…and I mean really believe in your band not just hope something is going to land in your lap then you will reach your goal. Just be realistic. Treat your band like a business – if you have a bad business partner a.k.a. band mate – cut him loose. You’re only as strong as your weakest link. If someone is holding you back, you need to decide whether you want to be stuck at that level or if you want to move on.
APP: Anything else you want to say to readers of A Perfect Playlist?
(Dave): Thanks for taking the time to read through our interview. Much love to all of you. Please help spread the word and pick up a copy of our brand new EP “Risks & Rewards” out on iTunes, Amazon, etc. right now!
Thanks so much, guys!
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