FALL II RISE is a band worth spending some time on. Start by reading this interview. Anders Ekdahl ©2016
What is it that fascinates you into coming up with new songs and albums?
-The artful process of it. For us, writing is a collaboration between the entire band and our best songs are often written under the most particular circumstances. We might all be tired and cranky at 7pm after a hellish work day and something clicks; Tyler might have a killer bass line and everything comes together within 10 minutes. The process of writing also is an accurate display of us evolving as a band, both in the musical and the emotional aspect.
How is this new recording different from the previous? How do you take your sound one step further?
-The new EP, “The Demise of the Empire”, is mostly a new line up, bringing new ideas and techniques. This EP is more elaborate, containing many underlying latin roots and a tad more aggressive tones. It also has a cohesive message of uprising and stepping away from what is considered the norm in modern societies. Definitely integrating latin rhythms is something we have found sets us apart from your general pool of rock bands.
When you write songs about the topics you do what kind of reactions do you get?
-I love this question especially because I think now more than ever people are actually listening to the lyrics. We have actually gotten a lot of great feedback on the songs, especially on “We Are”. A younger generation is taking more control of attitudes in cultures and letting their voices be heard. The fact that we write about rising up and speaking about true issues hits close with a lot of people. They love the fact that we are using music as a tool to create awareness of issues such as abuse of power and unbalanced societal structures.
Whenever I think of you I cannot help wandering off to different bands. What bands do you identify with?
-Bands influence other bands and there is no denying that we have a lot such as Disturbed, H.I.M., Breaking Benjamin, Godsmack, and traditional latin groups. However, it is no surprise that we are always compared to female¬fronted bands that we might not even listen to. Ha!
How did you go about chosing art work for this new album? What was important to have in it?
-Roots. We are big on “always remember where you came from” and we came from very far away. Puerto Rico is a tiny island in the caribbean and ⅘of the band was born and raised there. Tyler is from Oklahoma but has officially been abducted by the puerto ricans! Our artwork highlights the “Sol Taino” or indigenous sun. For this culture, it was always a struggle and even when the conquest destroyed most of their culture, their fought until the end. Fall II Rise started in the island and we will never forget our roots.
What kind of topics do each song deal with? Is there a red thread to the songs?
-All the songs are tied together by a will to break away the chains and realize we have more power than we dare to dream about. We Are: Want to do something? Do it now. Time flies and regret is terrible demon to carry around. The Demise of the Empire & Rise Up: Societies everywhere are just being trampled by power imbalances. We wish people realized that, powers are a couple of people while the people are too many to count. The world has a voice and if we all stand together, we can accomplish so much more. All of This and Echoes: Both are songs about being slowly eaten away by a passion. Let it be love, an idea, drugs, or other things, being too extreme with our emotions slowly eat us up. If we let it get too far, it is hard to build yourself back up unless you find your true self again. Don’t Care: We are masochistic by nature; or at least that is Betty’s thought. This is a song about never being fully content with any particular situation and how, in the end, we sabotage ourselves by listening to others instead of our own opinions.
How do you come up with song titles? What do they have to have to fit the songs?
-Most of the times, we pick a catchy pair of words and use it as a title. It helps people remember the song when they sing it. If not, we will take an idea that summarizes the concept of the song. Either way, we always want it to be something people can associate with the actual lyrics.
Is digital a format that fits your music? Is digital killing music?
-The world is constantly evolving and we have to evolve with it. The issue with the digital format is, that it is now so accessible, that the connection between the band and the public is affected. In that same line, because it is everywhere, it is easier for the band to reach a wider range of potential fans through streaming platforms. We wouldn’t go as far as saying it is killing music but it is definitely redefining the concept of music distribution.
How much of a live band are you? How important is playing live?
-For most bands, the goal is to be able to live off of music, making live performances a priority. This is when we feel most connected to our music as we are able to share our art with a live audience. However, nowadays a DIY band has to focus more on other things like marketing, online presence, social media, etc. and sometimes this proves to be more fruitful than playing every weekend. There are plenty of bands that only play one show a month but have thousands of followers on social media platforms catching more attention from A&R Reps. Fall II Rise works hard to do it all; have a strong web presence but always keeping in mind that true fans are right there watching us perform.
What lies in the future?
-We are busting our tails for this passion. Dreams are for sleeping. We actually know how much potential this band has and we will not rest until we have been heard by millions. We have a music video for the single “We Are” early January and a second EP already in the works. Many dates coming up for 2016 and excited for what lies ahead. Slowly but surely, the world will rise up along with us.