Signed to Battle Worldwide Recordings, Falling Stacks are a three piece giving their own spin on the indie rock genre – spinning out what they call Frowncore – and winning plenty of fans along the way. Know them better…
1. How did you get your initial start in music?
Not sure we have had one yet, but we are very happy to be with Battle Worldwide Recordings. Ask us in a year and hopefully we will say it is all thanks to them!
2. What would be your ultimate aim in the industry?
We have one goal – play better gigs. Is a bit broad and a bit vague, but that’s what we want. The coming EPs hopefully will give us the exposure to get those. That is the extent of our plans.
3. How long have you been writing your own music?
As this band, about two years.
4. Who are your top three influences and why?
We once tried to work out which bands all three of us “loved”. The answer was almost none. That said we all listen in part to noisy, scuffy, guitar bands, and all have a dark past of listening to what can be broadly called “indie”, so all that is in there. But it is the noisy guitar bands who can write songs, keep it to three or four minutes, and not think that simply being loud is enough.
5. Is there anything you would like people to know about your current release?
The video for White Wild Hare features a puppet rat that we commissioned specially, a burrito from our favourite restaurant, a Victoria Wood reference, and an appreciative nod to Estonian football.
6. Where are you based and what’s your local scene like? Any favourite venues?
Bristol. We love it. However we avoid anything that can be broadly called “a scene” like the plague. There are definitely cliques in Bristol, but no cohesive scene, and that is for the best. We are a band from Bristol, not a Bristol band. There are loads of great venues; totally love the Thekla still, and for bands like us Mothers Ruin and Stag and Hounds are particularly important, where you have a nice promoter, nice soundmen, and good people showing up. Upstairs at S&H is a particular favourite, is like playing in the fireplace of a stately home.
7. Who else can you recommend from your local scene for people to have a listen to?
POHL are Bristol’s best band, a ferocious, two-now-three-piece mega riff party with a drummer that sounds like a train falling down the stairs. After them; Olanza are this weird driving rock instrumental great drummer band, Repoman (who we have played with a lot) are aggressive and nasty and jerk about all over the place. Jelas are great, weird in the nicest way, and have odd rhythms in their heads. If you manage to look at Bristol in a year when Olo Worms are doing stuff then they are essential. Empty Pools, also on Battle, are the best power indie band around, and we are pleased to be pretending to hang out with them.
8. Give our readers a round up of where they can find you online and hear more of your music.
Twitter – @fallingstacks