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The Fall of Troy Interview

October 16, 2009

Written By: Pablo Cortez
Photo Credit: Dustin Roe

See all of Dustin’s Dear Hunter/Fall of Troy photos here.

I had a chance to catch up with the guys from Fall of Troy at their October 15th show at the Knitting Factory. The show itself was classic FoT; loud, fast and frenetic. The crowd knew who they were there to see, and added to the energy of the place by singing along and moshing it up. We managed to snag some time with the trio backstage pre-show for the following interview.

PC: How do you guys go about writing your music?

Andrew: Lyrics are pretty strictly him (Thomas). He brings us the guitar outline and then we all hash it out.

Andrew: We all make sure to say, “What’s the best thing that this could be?”

PC: You’re all from up north right?

Thomas: Yes.

Frank: I’m from San Diego (via San Jose).

Thomas: We’re from north of Seattle.

PC: What’s the scene difference from up there to down here (Los Angeles) as far as your fan base? Do you see a big difference?

Thomas: People treat us more like we are more…

Andrew: Cool.

Thomas: Yeah, people like celebrity down here more, so we kind of get treated that way a little bit more. It’s interesting, it’s weird to come here and have people recognize you, talk to you and want to hang out with you.

PC: You guys were kids when you started right? How old were you?

Thomas: Me and Andrew were 17 and 16.

Andrew: I was 16. I had just gotten my license, and I got in that accident on the way to practice.

Thomas: Pretty much since I was 18. It’s been a progressive coming-together since then.

PC: Frank, how you get involved with the band, did you get a call?

Thomas: Yeah, he got a call!

Andrew: Oh, he got a call! “Hey Frank, we’re having a really bad time. You want to play bass?”

Thomas: Frank was like, “Well, I’m working at UPS, yeah I’ll play.”

Frank: Loading trucks, dealing with dicks or play bass with these guys.

Thomas: You’re still loading trucks and dealing with dicks, but at least you get to play music now.

Frank: Minimal breaks, minimal money, minimal hours, minimal everything.

Andrew: Basically, we saved his life. No, I’m just kidding. We gave you so much more stress.

Thomas: Frank, you always wanted to play music, be in a band.

Frank: No, no. Stress… I can handle the stress. As long as I can get some girls, some gigs and a giggle.

PC: (To Frank)Was it easy to get into playing with these guys?

Frank: I was really familiar with their songs, so it was just like the act of covering notes and playing.

Andrew: You’re a phenomenal player.

Thomas: I think more than anything it was him (Frank) going from being a guitar player to a really good bassist.

Frank: It could have been me just playing with them, but you have to care about something, you got to love what you’re doing.

PC: Do you guys have a favorite track on the new album?

Andrew: I like them all, but the one that’s different for me is “Nature vs Nurture.”

Frank: “The Classic Case of Transference.”

Thomas: “Battleship Graveyard” is probably my favorite. “Dirty Pillow Talk” is pretty good too.

PC: Do you have a certain inspiration you guys look to?

Thomas: I think we all have different inspirations we look to.

Andrew: First and foremost, what we want to listen to. We all have our personal influences per our instruments.

PC: Seems you guys bring a lot of different stuff together.

Thomas: That’s the point.

Andrew: It’s the meshing of the parts, the sum is greater than the parts in this band.

Thomas: The whole is bigger than the piece.

Andrew: That’s what I just said, exactly.

Thomas: But I said it in a different way.

Andrew: Cheers to that!

PC: That’s pretty much all I have for you guys. Anything you’d like to add for the fans?

Thomas: Go check out the new record and come out to a show.

Andrew:
Definitely.

Check out CWG’s review of “In The Unlikely Event

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The Fall of Troy – In the Unlikely Event

September 28, 2009

Written By: Tim Bannock


Label: Equal Vision – Rating:

Heads-up! Describe the style of music that would come out of Rush, Coheed & Cambria, Faith No More, and The Refused being locked in a room with a bare minimum of equipment and no direction, with the results to be produced by Terry Date (Deftones, Pantera, Incubus, Dredg, etc.). You’ve got three seconds, and…well, you lost two of those when I listed Terry Date’s production work.

The Fall of Troy sounds like pretty much whatever the hell you want to describe them as. At one minute (album opener “Panic Attack!”) they are rocking out with a mostly straightforward sound: some crazy guitar work (porn-wah-wah turned metal), great range on the screamy-to-melodic vocals, and a stomping rhythm section. But then they fly from over-the-top aggressive post-hardcore (“Straight-Jacket Keelhauled”) to plodding, bluesy/emo croon-fests (“Webs”). A standout track is “People and Their Lives,” which somehow channels Coheed, Faith No More and something else that lies somewhere on this side of thrash, but after a fist-pumping instrumental break turns into what could easily be mistaken for a classic Rush moment.

How do they do it? More importantly, do they do it well?

This reviewer has little to offer on the how’s, but as for the second question, the answer is a resounding yes. There’s a strange dichotomy that neatly sums up this band: a bright-eyed, naive sense of fun wherein The Fall of Troy do not take themselves too seriously, paired with astounding technical musicianship that shows they can fool around in a way not unlike Steve Vai fooling around. Not to say they sound like the Guitar God in any way, but that some of the lyrics and the sudden blasts of aggression followed by ridiculous guitar posturing and “we’re just jamming the hell out” attitude comes off as sophomorish, but executed with undeniable instrumental precision.

There’s really something for almost everyone on this album, but once again there’s a qualifier: this is not pop-friendly radio rock (though there’s moments of that, too). These guys could rock out with Coheed just as surely as they could with Dillinger Escape Plan. They can turn a song around on a dime, and pull out atmospherics and crazy guitar sounds that could get them on the same bill as Fantomas…or Rage Against the Machine. The singing’s mostly “clean” and melodic, but when it’s brutal, it’s like early material from Isis, or maybe even screechy-voiced death metal bands like Carnal Forge.

To sum up: check this album out. Give the entire album a listen; even if you skip through a track here and there, make sure you at least touch on every single track, because more likely than not, you’ll start to pick up on just what this band is about. And what that is, exactly, isn’t something that can be pinned down inside of a few million words. Just know that the musicianship is technically astounding, the vocals have a ridiculous range, and just like Faith No More, early Incubus and the like, you don’t have to take the album completely seriously. It’s fun, their talented, and Terry Date produced the hell out of this thing to make it sound like you’re standing on top of the amp in these guys’ garage, having your feet shredded by the bass-heavy chugging parts, your ears split by the high wails of the guitar transitions, and your mind shattered by the stunning wizardry of the off-the-wall three-piece that is The Fall of Troy.

Like The Fall of Troy? Check out: Faith No More, Sikth, Coheed & Cambria.