A Q&A with One Fall

A Q&A With One Fall

High energy hardcore from Salem, MA…

What’s the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
Our latest EP is called Spine First! which is a term used in professional wrestling. We’re big pro wrestling fans (hence the band name) but also the name felt like it conveyed something about the way we’ve all felt thrown to the mat recently by politics and capitalism. We keep getting back up to fight another day though!

What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
It’s always tough to actually put something out in the world because you want it to be perfect, but you also have to start letting things go in order to actually get it out to people. We’re really happy with how it came out.

Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
Kyle Paradis at New Alliance Audio recorded and mixed the EP. He’s an absolute beast and has a deep understanding of the genre and what we wanted to sound like – something that was tricky to find since (hopefully) we are bringing something new to the genre. He took so much care with the record, especially with the drums, and it shows.

What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
I’d love for folks to feel energised by the songs and hopefully that something has resonated with them on a deeper level. I can be a bit obtuse with lyrics but I still find that people who have had similar life experiences to the ones I sing about can still comprehend the meanings and my intent.

How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
Usually, Phill brings us a riff (or twenty) to start with and then we loosely put a structure together, then Helen comes up with a vocal melody, and then sometimes things can be completely rearranged and scrambled around and started over. Sometimes it’s fast and sometimes it’s a big process.

What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
When we formed the band, we were most influenced by bands like A Wilhelm Scream, Belvedere, Strike Anywhere, and Strung Out. Recently there has been a ton of influence from DARKO (especially their latest EP which absolutely crushes), Fair Do’s, and Resuscitators.

A Q&A With One Fall

What countries would you like to tour? Are there any standout venues you’d like to play in?
We’re incredibly excited to tour in the UK this summer! Really looking forward to playing all the venues. We absolutely love playing festivals, so we’d be pumped to play SBAM, Punk Rock Holiday, or any other similar festival.

If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
If your tastes lean a little heavier, I’m very proud of ‘Rage/Quit’ and that’s the type of song I’d particularly like to keep making. Or, if you’re looking for something that is going to impact you emotionally, a lot of folks resonate with ‘Raleigh’.

What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
We honestly just want to keep putting out music that we care about and are proud of, playing with bands we respect and admire, and meeting tons of cool people from around the world.

Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Female-fronted isn’t a genre.

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