-Interview- Nine Day Fall (3/9/12)

Nine Day Fall
(From The Depths Entertainment)

Genre: Metal akin to Diecast or Machine Head.
Interviewed on: 3/9/12
From: Fairbanks, Alaska
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1.How did the band come together and form? How did the name "Nine Day Fall" come about?

The band formed pretty easily. Bryan and Sean met through their girlfriend's who worked together. Chris is an old friend of Sean's and Alex is Bryan's best friend. Jessie met Bryan through his job and from their the band was formed.

The band's name, Nine Day Fall, is actually it's third name. At first we were called Darkest Omen... only later to be renamed Bayonet, in which we only used that name for about a week before Bryan suggested the name Nine Day Fall. It's meaning comes from the book Paradise Lost by John Milton. It's the number of days it took Lucifer and the other fallen angels to fall from Heaven to Hell.

2. How has the full length been coming along? What can we expect from it? Any set release date/album title?

The album is done and in limbo between final mix and mastering. You can expect heavier music and darker lyrics on the songs not posted on facebook as well as a guest appearance from Brandon Farris, lead guitar player from Live As Lions. There is no set release date due to the matter of finacial difficulty finishing it and we're leaning towards the album title "Paradise Lost."

3. With dual vocals of clean female singing mixed with aggressive male screams, how does the writing process occur? Any good recording stories?

Generally Sean shows up to practice with a riff and between him and Bryan they tend to flesh out most of the songs with one or two riffs to begin with. Chris generally finds the root note and does his thing. As for lyrics, Bryan currently writes all of them and has rewritten a few songs a couple of times. Exiled was a fluke and has stayed pretty much the same since day one, where as "Vendetta" used to be called "Bring the Plagues" and has be rewritten 3 or 4 times.

One weird story from recording was when Jessie was tracking vocals inside the vocal booth she was "attacked" by a falling donut which had been placed on the shelf in the room. How it fell and why it fell will never be known, but ironically the icing that was on it stayed intact and seperated from the donut.

4. Who are some of your influences?

We all have a love or appreciation for heavy metal.

Sean likes bands more like Mr. Bungle, Between the Buried and Me, and Mastadon.

Alex really digs Protest the Hero, Amon Amarth, and Killswitch Engage.

Chris is into a variety of stuff from Clutch, Pearl Jam, Mastadon, all the way to random youtube video remix's.

Bryan grew up listening to rap and pop but moved on from there into Dave Matthews Band to Smashing Pumpkins, and eventually ended up listening to Metallica from there and kept going heavier.

Jessie is our diva, she loves anything you can dance and sing to. She's all about pop, but like we stated before... still has an appreciation for heavy metal.

5. What’s the music scene like in Alaska? What’s your take on the whole metalcore scene in general?

Alaska has a diverse music scene. There's lots of folk music here and indie jam-band rock. In the last decade or so we've experienced a more underground rap and metal scene starting to emerge. One metal band from our area, Turbid North, has gone on and started to find success in Texas.

Metalcore to us personally is fun to listen to and fun to see live. The "tea-bagging drops" for guitarist and bassist during breakdowns is a bit over-the-top and so is the "running-man" thing that most metalcore bands seem to do. Also, what's with the syncronized head banging?

6. Any good show stories?

At our second show, just before Jessie's vocal part in "Weaver of Lies," Bryan dropped one of his drum sticks. Thankfully it's an easy part to play with one drumstick, but Alex had taken off his glasses and did not have contacts in, and since he was the only one not doing anything at that time, Bryan got his attention and Sean even pointed to where the stick was. Alex looked right at it, then looked at Bryan and then shrugged and started walking away. Bryan yelled and said "drumstick" and finally Alex caught on and handed it to him just in time for the next part to kick in. Bryan said he was trying not to laugh the whole time watching this all go down and could even see Riley (drummer from Live As Lions) trying to run around and give him a drumstick from the crowd.

7. What’s your take on music downloading?

Downloading music is great. You can reach a mass of people that way. It can hurt the artist, but at the same time it is a great way to be heard. It's just finding the happy medium that is the hard part.

8. How would you describe your live show?

Expect the unexpected. Our first show we ever played, was a battle of the bands. Chris showed up wearing carhartts, Sean showed up in a bright red Freakazoid t-shirt, Alex had a button up shirt on and Bryan rocked a Beatles t-shirt. Everyone expected rock and roll and got an uppercut of metal to their taint. All-in-all, don't judge a book by it's cover.

9. What’s next for Nine Day Fall?

Shows, shows, and more shows. We're working hard to book more shows and we're also in the process of getting some merch lined up for our fans. T-shirts at first and of course our album.

And finally... we are looking for a second guitar and may have found one. We'll let everyone know when we do.

10. Any shoutouts?

Jacob Lincoln at Emerging Warrior Studios for being a patient producer with us and helping us sound amazing. Also, his family for dealing with our noise. Jon Farmer and the rest of Live As Lions for supporting us and helping us out as band. And last but not least all our fans who have supported us up to this point, especially Trevor McWilliams and Robbie Hunt.