The Manchester, England, alt-rock band The Falling comprise John Done (Guitar / Vocals), Brian Mitchell (Guitar / Vocals), Andy Keating (Bass) and Jason Hanley (Drums).
Those of longer stay may be wondering if Silber Media and Brian Mitchell have relocated to England, that isn’t the case, however the same name does find yet more great music. I will get my frustration out of the way, as you readily know patience and I am not great bedfellows and although I have had the pleasure of taking a listen to their catalogue dating back to 2014 – every one of the half-dozen tracks is only available as a single and The Falling is a band you just want to hit play once and enjoy, not keep reaching for the ‘play’ button to get to the next track.
The Falling predominately deliver high energy compact commentaries of societal malaise. Whilst the quartet are also able to play with tenderness, including the acoustic resonance on These Hands, there is always an underlying sense of the impetuous which they manage to deliver as coherent thoughts that resonate with musical prowess, not through hoiking up the volume, rather enabling bass and percussion to compress the texture, whilst guitars are deployed to create the melody and upper-cut from which an impressive voice commentates on their societal angst. The vocal is not a frenetic disembowelling, rather an impassioned plea for cohesive compassion.
It is the ability of The Falling to deliver a raging froth of distilled commentary on the world around whilst holding inquisitive guitar soliloquies that are fenced by the pressure lock of the lower registers that makes them a band I look forward to hearing more of in short order.
My one wish is they put out an LP to contemplate their material, however, my wish is not their command and the latest single Cream (Get On Top) which was released on the 4th is, as with all their releases, available on bandcamp.
Given all that I have written of their material having perspicacity towards societal angst-wave Cream (Get On Top) is a departure as it heads towards a more introspective commentary of thoughts of relationship isolationism and is perhaps the nearest they will ever come to a ‘love song’, albeit a fractured relationship.
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