INTERVIEW: Fallen Roads

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

Stellar. Just stellar.

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Where She Goes?”

Absolutely. This is the first single of many tracks to come in 2020 for Fallen Roads, but it does a good job of setting the tone for what’s coming. I think it’s a solid rock ‘n roll tune: love gone wrong and you’re left wondering what the hell happened, while your insecurity does it’s damndest to eat away at you… Think we’ve all been there!

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

Yes. In fact, it was born out one morning specifically that my lovely girlfriend and I had a year or two ago. We were having one of those beautiful mornings when you wake up, feeling extremely close, comfortable and just… happy. Content. I made an off hand comment, which I thought was innocuous (I don’t even remember what it was), and all the warmth just drained from her face within the span of a second. At that point, I’d lost her. However, me being the dope I am, I pressed her to open up and talk to me, which ended with her quickly dressing and leaving altogether… I don’t think she came back until late late night. Shit, may have even been the following day, I don’t remember the specifics of the timeline. However, I DO remember how it felt, and how my mind started running in downward circles… And a song is born.

How was the filming process and experience behind the video?

Man, this was both a lot of work and a lot of fun at the same time. I’d never recorded a music video, and me being me, I’m always going to dream a bit bigger than my experience and budget warrant, haha. But, somehow, I pulled together an extremely talented team of people who I think were just as excited as I was to work on this thing. Honestly the hardest part of the whole thing was scheduling and getting the locations square. The PEOPLE, which is usually the hardest part of any project, were all extremely professional and easy to work with. I’m very happy with how it turned out, and I’m sure I’ll be tapping some of the same folks for videos down the road.

How was the recording and writing process?

The writing of the song actually came together fairly quickly, all things considered. I’ve got songs (recently finished I’m proud to say) that I’d kicked around for YEARS, and this one came out in a matter of weeks. Obviously the emotion of the experience pulled it out of me, and that, coupled with me wanting to see how Rich would work for me as a producer, helped turn it around quickly.

Part of what made this one particularly fun, is that it was written on guitar. I’m a rhythm guitarist at best, but I love using instruments that I’m not overly familiar with for writing. It forces you to create from instinct and desire, rather than from stale patterns that you’re used to on your primary instrument.

The recording was a blast, and (apart from singing of course) mostly involved me drinking old fashioneds while Rich did all the hard work. Here and there I’d, of course, give a suggestion or a “must have”, but overall I wanted to see how he approached the process and what he’d do with it. Considering I’m currently in the process of recording 4 more tracks with him, I am obviously pleased with how it came out.

What role does Virginia play in your music?

I’ve lived in this state my whole life, and Richmond for half of it. I love this city, and state, but it certainly has its issues like anywhere else. There’s a very strong Christian culture here that I was steeped in, and my negative experiences with that, particularly as a child and young adult, will be showing up in my music here VERY soon, haha.

How did you go on blending the blues with the rock on this record in particular?

I told Rich, “I’m looking to blend Awolnation, CCR, Hozier, and NIN…. Go!”. That’s a tall order. I’m not saying we hit that on the head with this one, but I think it’s definitely a step in the right direction, and I can’t wait to shape that sound even further over the next few years. I’m hoping for something fairly unique, yet oddly familiar.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Oh yes indeed, yes indeed. We tracked drums last week in fact. The plan is a 3-song EP, sometime late spring, with a single from that probably in April. I’ve also got a track that’s a personal favorite of mine, “King Kong”, that I plan on releasing as a single sometime in the summer. I’d argue that it’s my best song to date. Certainly the most personal one. Real excited to see how that turns out.

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

Yep, Spring/Summer! My current working title for the EP is “Dont Fall” but that may change by release time

Any plans to hit the road?

I’d love to! But this year I’m really focusing my time on getting music out, solidifying a sound, and building a following. After that, I’d like to attract the right players to be a part of Fallen Roads, and rock and roll from there.

What else is happening next in Fallen Roads’ world?

Write, record, pet my dog, have a drink, rinse, repeat!

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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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