-Interview- Fastfall (5/23/22)

Fastfall talks about getting together during the pandemic, the current Post Hardcore scene and much more.


Sounds like: Post Hardcore
From: Pennsylvania

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name "Fastfall" and is there any meaning behind it?

“We all kinda started when we were younger. Playin in garage bands driving our parents and neighbors absolutely nuts just like everyone else. It was shortly after the pandemic started that Fastfall started. It just kinda happened. No one's really sure where the name Fastfall came from, actually. It was an idea from our guitarist Casey, but Andrew finds humor in the fact that “fast falling” is a Smash Bros mechanic, and that Casey 100% does not get it.”

2. What do you want people to take away from your music?

“That music doesn't need to have some sort of profound sub-textual message behind it, and be produced to all hell and back. Sometimes you just wanna yell about some things that have happened, and maybe punch someone in the mouth in the process. Sometimes you compile all these thoughts, and let other people know how you feel in the form of music (and also sometimes punching people in the mouth).”

3. How would you describe your sound to the average listener?

“You know that weird experience when you were walking through Warped Tour and you could hear a little bit of sound from all the stages at the same time? It's kinda like that, but only slightly more organized and a little less 3OH3.”

4. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

“1. Anyone. 2. Anytime. 3. Anywhere.”

5. How has Covid affected what you do?

“I mean, technically, Covid is almost single-handedly responsible for us getting together in the first place. We were all out of work/working from home, and bored out of our minds. It started as just something fun to do to take up some time, and has spiraled into something awesome.”

6. What’s your take on the current state of Post Hardcore?

“It's weird, honestly. Bands that used to be the face of the genre have traded in their skinny jeans for either cowboy boots or rave gear, and its just not like it used to be. Genres lately have all just started to blend together and create something unique to each individual group. What's BMTH gonna put out next? A deathcore compilation or a rap battle featuring Ronnie Radke? Who knows? We sure don't.”

7. What’s the current music scene like locally there in Pennsylvania?

“Well, we're from the Northwest part of PA, and things hadn't been great for a while. It's not like we came out swinging from a south philly basement. Erie used to be home to all kinds of bigger names throughout the years. Bands like War of Ages, or Shockwave.. I mean, even Pat Monahan of Train is from Erie (although he hates admitting it). We hit a major drought a few years back, when some of our bigger venues closed their doors, and a lot of bands hung up their gear. But even just since the middle of last year, people around here realized how much they missed and underappreciated the environment of live music and honestly, it's never been better. Maybe its not the good ol' days, but maybe it doesn't need to be.”

8. What’s your take on the royalties that streaming services pay out to artists?

“We think every artist deserves fairly compensated for their work, however, the exploitation of recording artists is nothing new. Its just streamings turn to take the blame. For us personally, we're not really worrying about the financials of it, rather than just having a platform where our music can be heard.”

9. What's next for Fastfall?

“Well we just released our debut EP “Tell the World Your Secrets” back in April, so we're kinda just riding that high for the moment. We have new material in the works, and will continue to play some regional area shows for the time being. We've got a few ideas for the future in mind, but we're not exactly ready to talk about those yet. You'll just have to stay tuned to find out!”

10. Any shoutouts?

“Definitely. We'd love to give a shoutout to a couple local names that have really had our back and supported us more than we could ever ask for. In particular, there's Jay from Dread Metal Productions, as well the whole staff over at Basement Transmissions and Philly on the Rocks (some local venues) for always giving us a place to play!