Who’s Radio Fallout? How you guys all met?
Radio Fallout is Caleb Scates (vocals, guitar), Dan Walker (bass, backing vocals), and Jonathan Palmer (drums, backing vocals).
Caleb: We met near the end of 2008. Jonathan and Dan had moved down to Austin Texas years earlier in another band and I had just moved down to find new band mates. I got in touch with Jonathan via a craigslist post. He was looking for a singer/guitar player and I was looking for a drummer. After a few practices Dan came by to play bass and we decided to be a band. It was an easy decision really. We all played off of each other really well right from the beginning. We started practicing four to five days a week writing songs from December to the end of April 2009 when we played our first show.
What are your music influences?
Caleb: We have very eclectic tastes in music from Beach Boys, R.E.M., Billy Joel, and Roy Orbison, to Aerosmith, punk rock and the Beatles but in general we just love rock and roll music and catchy songs. Our goal is just to write something you can listen to and sing along with. If we can get a song stuck in your head then we feel like we did our job.
How was it performed on SXSW?
Dan: It is always inspiring to see so many people that love and enjoy live music. We feel lucky to play music in a town that caters to our obsession on a regular basis. We look forward to being a part of the live music during SXSW every year but it is crazy couple of days. It’s one of those things you really have to experience for yourself. Days and nights filled with live music, little sleep, and music lovers en masse. It’s an adventure every day.
So you guys are featured on this documentary. Tell us more about that.
Caleb: The film is called “Indie Music Highway” and had its first screening June 2nd in Venice, California. It was a cool project to be a part of. We were interviewed by Chris Trutanich of musicupstage.com and it was filmed by Dan Marino. They were able to crowdsource the funds for the project and basically drove from California all over the south interviewing bands and we were one of the ones they talked too. I played an acoustic version of a song called Mondegreen off of our first EP. It was actually the first time I had ever played a song on acoustic guitar in public and it’s in their film.
So talk to us more about your latest record. How was the recording and writing process? Any release and title yet?
Caleb: “Vox e Tenebris” is the title of the new record and it’s our first full length album. This is defiantly the longest writing and recording process any of us have ever been involved in. We had the basic song structures going into the studio but we spent a lot of time trying to fill the songs out and make them sound really big. Our goal was to write catchy songs with layered compositions where you can listen to the song over and over and hear different melodic themes popping out each time. We were lucky to work with Evan Kleinecke at 5th Street Studios in Austin. He did a great job mixing together all the different parts. We were having so much fun in the studio that we almost didn’t want it to end.
What are your hobbies?
Dan: We enjoy going to see live music so any chance we get to hang out at local venues in between our business is our favorite thing to do. We also enjoy going to the movies and hanging out with friends/family. Hobbies for the most part require spare time so we rarely get opportunities to sit back and relax. We view our lack of spare time as a good thing because it means we are staying focused on the band and strengthening our performances.
What has been the funniest moment you guys have been or took part while touring?
Caleb: We were closing at a venue a few miles outside of Austin when all of a sudden the entire audience got up and went outside right in the middle of our set. Obviously when you are performing and the audience leaves it’s kind of a gut punch so we quickly finished our set and packed up our gear. A few people stopped us as we were loading out our gear and told us great job so we asked them why everyone left. They told us that a biker fight had broken out in front of the venue and everyone went outside to watch. So now our goal is to have a live show that can compete with a biker fight or maybe get the bikers to fight on stage while we play. We are still working out the details.
Are there any plans for the near future?
Dan: On September 4, 2012 we will be releasing our first full-length album, Vox e Tenebris and shortly after, we will begin our fall tour schedule. In between now and the release we will be on a few music videos to coincide with the album release and the first single release. We could tell you more but we might have to kill you…top secret stuff.
Do you guys feel you are moving on the right direction?
Dan: We definitely feel that we are moving in the right direction. Things always begin slowly but in the last three years we have grown a lot in our local scene and our online support. We really enjoy the community that has sprung up on our facebook page. We are all feeling very excited about the future of this band and where we might be able to take it. A lot of cool things have happened for us and we haven’t even released a full length album yet. We feel like we have lots of good songs ahead of us. We stay busy and enjoy the work so of course the direction feels like the right one.
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