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
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
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.