So, like we had over an hour of drive time. There was me, my wife, 19 year old son and his over 20 year old friend Keith. Without any ceremony, I fought the “super cellophane” off the jewel case with my teeth and popped the disc into the car CD player.
The first thing I noticed was the crispness of the recording. I’m 58 years old and while my hearing is excellent (unless my wife is telling me to do something) I enjoy listening to the lyrics. Each song had the vocals coming out strong, clear and easy to understand (big points with me).
The subject matter was stuff that matters and not the usual “I hate the world” diatribe one sometimes fine in modern alt/rock. Instead, it was heartbreak, pain and anguish leading to wisdom and awareness…a coming of age in music.
Then, I started listening to the individual parts of the band. First off the drums are amazing and marvelous and prodigious and spectacular and stupendous and well you catch my drift. Hard driving riffs with strong counter beats and perfect accents propel each song forward. The Bass knocked me over and out adding a deep cutting counterpoint platform that the guitars and vocals could build their house on. The guitars were SCREAMING…perfectly in sync with the world with overlays of sonic perfection. Lastly, the vocals were telling the tales with the hint of pain and remorse but with a salve of hope woven in.
As we drove along and I inched the volume knob clockwise a click at a time, I started watching the reactions of my car companions. All of us were nodding are heads in unison to the music. At last, something all of us with our diverse musical tastes could enjoy together. This is great driving music, party music and wake yourself out of a funk music.
The last test was the “over 35 test”. No…it’s not the “don’t trust anyone over 35” stuff. If that was true I’d be in big trouble. What I do is turn the volume control clockwise until it’s past the 35 mark. If the sound still holds together it passes the test. After all, I am a child of the 70’s…I think.
Now I could compare this group to such bands as Nirvana, Soundgarden, Blink 182, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots. Greenday and Nine Inch Nails but I won’t. I easily could, but I won’t. You simply need to listen for yourself and see the personal stamp Falling Into Fire has put on the music scene.
So who is Falling Into Fire? To begin with, it’s budding star Cary Crichlow (songwriter, engineer, producer and guitar player), joined by siblings Catherine (Drums) and Robby (Bass Guitar/Additional Vocals). M. J. Siegel and Jake Hoffman are the lead vocalists with Ed Reif on Guitar and Additional Vocals.
“Progress” is Falling Into Fire’s debut album that they are using to launch their live show which will also feature a vault full of yet unrecorded material that is slated for their next recording effort due out at the end of 2012.
The album is available from Little Fish Record at www.littlefishrecords.com where you will also find other Little Fish Records offerings for sale. For distribution questions go to: email@example.com or you can call 216-481-1634.
For more information on the group, grab a listen to some of the tracts or to see a listing of their gigs, go to www.fallingintofire.com or join them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fallingintofire.
If you like your music crisp and pounding, you need to check out this new release. Like they say, “If it’s too loud…your too old!” To which I say…”Wha?”