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Rise And Fall

Interview von: arne mit Bjorn, am: 16.01.2010 ]

Die Belgier von RISE AND FALL haben sich zusammen gerauft und mit „Our Circle Is Vicious“ den Nachfolger ihres „Into Oblivion“ fertig gestellt. Stolze vier Jahre mussten die Fans auf diesen warten. Eine Spanne, die in unserer kurzlebigen Welt einer Ewigkeit gleichkommt. Das Quartett scheint seine (europäische) Einzigartigkeit bewusst zu pflegen, denn mit ihrer düsteren, destruktiven Mischung aus Integrity, Ringworm, Converge, Cro-Mags und Killing Time sieht sich die Gruppe nicht vielen „Stil-Konkurrenten“ gegenüber.


Musicscan: You guys have been around for some time now. What is behind bands longevity? What fuels the fire and keeps you guys interested in the music you create?

Rise And Fall: It's all love basically. We love what we do and that is why we keep doing it. We loved doing this band because of different reasons. Obviously it is an outlet for our creativity and our energy. The whole process of getting together in a little practice space, sweating it out and trying to write the best songs you can, only to head out to somewhere completely different and record an album and eventually play shows and tour on said album - there's a certain magic to it. This band is who we are. It has grown with us and as soon as we don't love what we do anymore, it'll be over.

Musicscan: Right now, the harder music scene seems to go even more extreme than ever before. Bands are pushing the boundaries as far as complexity, technical approach and extreme arrangements are concerned. In a way you did the opposite with Our Circle Is Vicious as you were focussing on intensity, intuition and harshness. How did you go about writing your new record?

Rise And Fall: We never were interested in being the most complex or inventive band around. All we care about is writing good songs. Songs that reflect who we are and what we're about. We've always been convinced that this honesty is key to any good band. Writing "Our Circle Is Vicious" didn't come easy. We had been playing and touring exclusively for a couple of years and it took us a while to get into the swing of writing songs again. There was trouble within the band, on personal and creative levels. We also were in dire need of a good place to practice. When all that settled down we decided to just jam and roll with what came out. We were definitely very motivated to do an album that would blow the older ones out of the water. We were very critical of ourselves as well so that explains why it all took a while.

Musicscan: Every band has a vision of how their album should sound like after the recording it. Listening to Our Circle Is Vicious right now: Would you say that this was a successful mission or would you even say that you have been able to surprise yourself? If this is the case - in how far?

Rise And Fall: Looking back at the issues we've had to deal with throughout the last couple of years I would say it's somewhat of a miracle that we have managed to release "Our Circle Is Vicious". The album took it's toll on us, one of the results was us parting ways with our drummer JP right after the recordings. But to answer your question, we wanted to create an album that would truly stand on its own. A true album, with a good flow to it and not just a bunch of songs. We approached as if it were a vinyl only release, with an A and a B side, both of which we wanted to be equally strong and balanced. I feel like we've managed to do that, but ofcourse it is up to the listeners to say if they feel the same way.

Musicscan: What are you looking for in a song? Do you think there are still genuinely new sounds to be discovered or can modern music basically be said to be a recombination of already existing forms and elements?

Rise And Fall: I don't know if there still are new sounds to be discovered. How could I know? I'm pretty sure that if you were to explain Black Sabbath to Robert Johnson, he would've thought you were crazy. Obviously, a lot of the heavy music out there now is either part of a genre that's been around for a while, or a mishmash of that and other influences. That's not even a bad thing. I feel like there's still a lot of bands out there pushing the envelope and keeping things exciting. What I look for in a song? Good riffs. Hooks. Honesty. Power. Truthfulness.

Musicscan: Where do you guys see the line drawn between progressing on what you do well, and completely offering a new direction or sound? Especially in the context of Rise And Fall of course...

Rise And Fall: I think what we've been doing throughout the years can be called progressing, the basic outlines have more or less stayed the same but we've gained the confidence and the skills to color things in different ways. I think the new album for example is more dynamic, more varied and a bit more melodic than our older stuff, but it still is heavy as fuck and it still sounds like Rise And Fall.

Musicscan: Musically, and especially lyrically, Rise And Fall seems like a band fuelled by raw emotion which is at the same time tempered by a "reflected" vibe. What are the motives behind writing in this style, what reactions are you seeking to evoke in your audience?

Rise And Fall: I'm guessing that by "reflective" you mean "introspective"? Either way, just like the music we write we also want our lyrics to be honest and heartfelt. They deal with the struggles and troubles of a young man, trying to find his way through this world. When I write lyrics I try to put as much of myself in the words as I can, often I end up saying more than I actualy wanted to. Not that everyone that reads them will know what I'm talking about, but to me personally those lyrics will reveal how I feel about myself and the way I deal with the world around me. The cool thing is that other people will come up with different interpretations and attach their own stories to them, at least I hope that they do.

Musicscan: With the direction of Rise And Fall heading a certain way and fans Growing with you over the years and releases, do you feel the fans can now relate to what you are feeling or at least understand what you are trying to tell them with your music?

Rise And Fall: I think the people that have been into this band since the "Hellmouth" or "Into Oblivion" days and that still dig what we do now, can definitely feel and understand what we're doing and what we're about, even if it's only partly. That kind of connection is one of the greatest rewards of doing a band.

Musicscan: Have you been surprised by the fact, that listeners from different musical tastes are getting Rise And Fall? And is this something that matters to you?

Rise And Fall: We obviously are thankful for every individual that gets into Rise And Fall, whether that person is from a hardcore/punk, metal or indie or whatever background doesn't matter to us. There's so many bands out there now, every record, every song is only a few mouseclicks away, so for people to take the time and effort to actually listen to us in that way means the world to us.

Musicscan: What makes Rise And Fall special to you? How would you describe the Essence of the band?

Rise And Fall: A lot of the aforementioned issues make Rise And Fall as important as it is to me. I feel like if one reads these answers one will have a pretty good idea of what we're about. The essence of this band, one sentence that describes us? A quiet war doesn't equal peace.