Hi guys, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

What’s up VENTS? Brandon and Zax from Till I Fall here, We’ve been good, very busy working on the record and appreciate you taking the time to do this interview with us!

Can you talk to us more about your single “Handbasket”?

I remember we (Zax and myself!) writing Handbasket around the time the Primary election was taking place. There was, and still is, so much anger and distrust around the political system and society…watching everything happen and feeling like we as a country, political party preference aside, were/are moving further and further away from being “United.”

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

The DNC “mishandling” votes, watching a bigot become the leader of the free world, watching friends of ours, whether LGBTQ, Black, Hispanic, Muslim… anybody and everybod y- fear their safety and quality of life in America. Living here is such a great thing and we have so much freedom to be thankful for. But watching the change from “Yes WE Can” to “Build the Wall” has been ugly and disheartening to say the least. We just wanted to write a song to show where we stand.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Right now we actually have a lyric video out for it! We’ve been bouncing a few ideas around for a few different videos and hope to have something out for the summer!

The single comes off your new self-titled EP – why naming the record after the band?

I’ve always heard that Self Titled records can represent a change within a band or the start of a new chapter, and that’s the simplest way to really put it. When I (Brandon) started TiF it was a completely different sound with completely different members and influences. I was 19 years old and thought Mayday Parade and Blink 182 were Gods. Now being 25, members have come and gone, influences and perspective has drastically changed, and so has the band. We threw around a couple of other potential names for the record, but a self-titled seemed to make the most sense to us.

How was the recording and writing process?

Recording was dope. Scott Goodrich at Nu-Tone Studios is a good dude and a great engineer. Recording in general can be stressful, but at the end of the day were friends having the opportunity to make something personal. Writing was also very cool! Some songs we would structure together, other times I would write the verses and chorus and then bring them to Zax so he could write all the lead lines and harmonies.

What role does San Jose plays in your music?

A huge role. Both Zax and I are born and raised in SJ. We grew up going to Sharks games and playing shows in the same local circuit. Without the friends and family we have here not only would we be different, but the music we play and write and listen to would be different.

Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?

When we wrote Cherry Bomb and Handbasket the original idea was doing an EP called “Going to Hell” and it was going to be all political tracks. As we kept writing, life kept happening, and the subject matter changed. When I look at what the record is now, I’d say it accurately represents what life was for me between our full length (Lessons) and this EP. 

Any plans to hit the road?

Why yes! We’ve actually just announced today that we’ll be touring throughout California for a few weeks in May to support our Self-Titled release!

What else is happening next in Till I Fall’s world?

We’ve continued the writing process and have a few video concepts in mind, we’re an independent band that’s just going to keep playing shows to grow our network and push the record!

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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