Interviews: Past The Fall

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Groove Metal/Grunge/Melodic Death Metal band, Past The Fall from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Probably somewhere in the middle of that, we just did a long list of brainstormed ideas, we knew we wanted 3 words so we would have something someone else didn’t have, and it was the best of the bunch- and the significance of it as we were both coming out of projects that had collapsed seemed poignant with our new work ethic.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

If you mean the genre of metal, for me personally it's because that’s just what lights my soul on fire. I think that metal can have flavours of every style possible and then it turns it up to 11!

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Yes, in fact, that’s what I would say the band is built around- Me (Will) and Thomas’ relationship he’s my closest Friend and we’ve been through a lot of shit together. We met probably around 11 or 12 years old!

4. Each band member's favourite band?

I think I can safely speak on everyone's behalf on that one and say that’s an impossible question! There is too much incredible metal that’s changed my life throughout the years. Sabbath vs Pantera for example- that’s like choosing whether it’s better to cut off your arm or your leg haha.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

For us, it’s all about real life and experiences- good and bad, damning, and hopeful. I think I would personally struggle to feel the passion and authenticity to sing about things I didn’t have a connection with, and for me, that’s what great music is all about- honesty and authenticity.

6. Where was your last gig?

It was in Clisson France, at Hellfest Festival.

7. Where would you like to perform?

My personal dream is Brixton Academy, London. I’ve seen so many legendary gigs there and it was part of my cultural fabric when I lived in London. I’d really feel like I’d tick something off the bucket list with that one! Unfortunately, the local police have recently called for it to permanently close due to a crush/incident outside the venue. It would be a tragedy if it does and another step to the copurification of London and the sanitisation of its music scene.

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

Top of my list would be Mastodon, I think they would sit well with us on a bill and are still a band that’s putting out exciting music.

9. Whom not?

Probably something like Royal Blood- I think there's just a 2-bit copy of Queens of the stone age so Radio 1 Big weekend punters can feel edgy, hahah.

10. Have any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Personally, I had it once in a different band when I was much younger- and it was 100 per cent because I wasn’t prepared/done my homework, from that day on I always took seriously getting my chops down. Plus, every performance has feelings you could say were anxiety but in reality, there are exactly the same feelings (elevated heart rate, dry mouth, increased energy) as excitement and that’s what makes playing live quite special, it's exciting! Letting go of any mistakes as quickly as you possibly can and flow into the next moment is what I’d advise too- remember it’s a rock show- we’re not saving lives, it's meant to be fun and wild! 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Although I don’t listen a lot to them now for me Nirvana has to be mentioned as they really inspired me to pick up the guitar when I was 11, as I mentioned before, Black Sabbath and Pantera, and also Megadeth for their technicality. I love Alice in Chains for the vocals too.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Nothing too weird to be honest our fans are a great bunch, we just get fun things like signing boobs (male and female I seem to recall!), making hash cookies in our band logo, ridiculous shots- that sort of thing!

13. What do you think of your fans?

Honestly, there is lifeblood- I don’t think at this stage I would make music in Past The Fall without their desire to listen and support us, music fans are more important than any band on the planet ourselves included, they make this beautiful world of music as we know it possible and every day I’m continually humbled at there kindness and support, and the generations of metal fans past and present that have put the music in my life. Put it like this- if any of your favourite bands didn’t have one fan- would you ever of heard of them?

14. What do you think of our site?

It's great! I think it’s totally made for fans- the way the site is laid out has one purpose- to find new music to listen to, but within that one purpose it's broken down into loads of categories that totally cut the shit!

15. Something to add?

For anyone in the UK on August 13th - come see us play Bloodstock Open Air! We’re on the same bill as legends Megadeth/Sepultura/Ugly Kid Joe! There are too many other great bands to mention playing across multiple stages all about one thing- Metal! And if you never heard of us and wanted to actually hear what we sound like- check us out on Spotify and follow us if you dig it – it really helps us out a lot!

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