We had chance to catch up with The Fallen State recently and here’s what Jon and Dan from the band had to say.
So how did you guys get together in the beginning, did you know each other before?
We’d known each other in various ways over the years from other bands but the five of us came together last Autumn because we found we shared the same musical goal.
Where did the name The Fallen State come from and what is the meaning behind it?
It’s a funny story that has generated loads of rumors … however… we never tell people the real reason. All we can say is that it involves Dan, a bath and some tunes going on in the background. It’s a load of fun to keep people guessing!
Who inspires you musically? And why?
Jon: It’s changed over the years but I’ve always got a big place in my heart for Propagandhi and some guitar players like Joe Satriani, Dimebag and Tom Morello
Dan: Mark Tremonti! No matter which of his bands or projects it’s been, it always inspires me to pick up my guitar and play.
In Set Me Free you sing ‘Now I’m trying to run, Falling behind when the ropes at your heels and it feels like you’re falling in line’ what is your interpretation of these lyrics?
Lyrics are a personal thing so people can interpret different things from them even in the same band. To me, they describe that feeling you get where you can’t drag yourself out of the problems that swim around your life… but you won’t stop trying.
You mentioned that your plan is to release smaller EPs every 3-4 months, is there any plan to put out deluxe packages that include all the EPs in a boxset with extras?
Yes! We have a new EP coming at the end of this year and will announce plans for a year one compilation with extras around that time.
How did you become involved with David Jones and what has he bought to production of the EPs?
Dan: I’ve watched Heaven’s Basement for years and got to know him when a couple of us met him at their gigs. We kept in touch and when we found he’d got fully into production we thought he would be a good person to work with.
Jon: He gives us ears and experience from outside the band and he works like a demon!
Is there any plans for a tour in the near future?
We have quite a few dates up to the end of this year including two with trapt. You can see these on Reverbnation and Facebook. And yes…. there are tour discussions going on… when we know more we’ll announce it
How would you describe your sound?
Hard, intense, tight with a healthy dose of melody and harmony
How have you found the response to your first two EPs?
It’s been crazy! Plenty of positive responses everywhere from America to Eastern Europe. We are really happy with the way we release tracks every few months rather than an album every two years because we get that kick on a regular basis!
If you could work with anybody in the business, who would it be and why?
Dan: Mark Tremonti again! Would just love to sit down and write something with that guy
Jon: When I was growing up I always enjoyed the way Colin Richardson produced his artists. I’d love to go through that process.
What was the first album you ever bought?
Dan: Papa Roach ‘Infest’. It changed the way I looked at music and was the first rock band I ever properly listened to.
Jon: Not sure but it was either the self-titled ‘Garbage’ or ‘Nevermind’
What are your thoughts on today’s music industry and how do you think it can be improved?
Dan: There’s so much happening all at once it seems to make it harder for songs/albums to become classic in the traditional sense of the word. If I could change it? Opportunities for good bands to get into the mainstream
Jon: I think the best thing that could happen would be for there to be greater opportunities for artists that aren’t fortunate enough to grow up in the center´s of musical cities. There’s a lot of good stuff outside the city!
In ‘Burn It To The Ground’ you sing I am the lost,The one and only soul, That has no hell for a home,Maybe I’m just alone, I trust my gut But I’ve never let it go’ what do these lyrics mean to you and why?
Jon: It has something in common with the whole theme of that second EP which seemed to be determination in the face of adversity. What matters is that everyone who listens to it can take something out of it for themselves
Where do you see yourselves in the next 5 years?
Jon: Still doing this! It’s what I do. Hopefully having had some great adventures along the way
Dan: More of the same! Shows around the world, meeting new people and getting the opportunity to play music all the time. Or alternatively in an Iron Man suit.
If you could be a member of one other band for the day, who would it be and why?
Dan: The love Alter Bridge get from their audiences is amazing. It’d be great to share the stage with some of my favorite musicians and experience that.
Jon: Machinehead… I grew up loving them and would love to slam out Davidian live with them just once in my lifetime!