They met. They fell in love. They wrote songs.
They fought. They made up. They broke up. They wrote songs.
At a time when for most it would be the end of a relationship, for Sydney band The Falls this feels like just the beginning…
Almost subconsciously The Falls have documented their whole relationship in their songs. The love, the betrayal, the heartbreak. While at times it is hard for them to wear their hearts so openly on their sleeve, for The Falls, it has been a huge part of their songwriting.
In the fallout from Valentines Day, The Falls decided that rather than wallowing in self-pity they would put their heartbreak to tape. So they pulled out their little tascam 4-track portastudio, which, with all its tape wobbles and noise, aptly captured the fragility of their hearts. These fledgling recordings were just the beginning of what has become their debut EP "HOLLYWOOD" (out now through MGM Distribution).
In late 2011, The Falls hit the studio with producer Tony Buchen (Old Man River, Andy Bull, WIM, Washington) to record ‘Hollywood’. The Hotel Hollywood in Sydney, has featured so strongly in their lives that it was inevitable that it would manifest itself in this way. For most of 2010 and 2011, it was where they could be found playing each week at a little, somewhat undiscovered, night of free music that emerged from the back streets of Surry Hills called Folk Club. It is also where they met, where they found their sound and where they wrote these songs.
In this intimate setting, the connection between these two onstage was palpable. Their emotionally fueled live performances are compelling to watch, sometimes heartbreakingly so, garnering reviews such as "intoxicating melodies and gorgeous harmonies" and "(their) strength lies in their ability to convey raw emotion and wisdom in their lyrics".
Buchen managed to imprint some of this Hollywood magic on each track, recording the re-verbs for the EP down in the bowels of the hotel, in the downstairs men's toilets. So, each song has on it a little Hollywood porcelain re-verb or 'pee-verb' as they’ve been calling it.
"HOLLYWOOD" debuted at no.2 on the Australian iTunes singer songwriter chart and has been receiving rave reviews. The Falls debut single 'HOME' has been added to rotation on Triple J and RADAR and has been receiving extensive play on community radio. The single and the EP have also been added to ABC Radio national Australia wide. 'HOME' was also included on a mix CD on the cover of YEN magazine earlier this year.
Having toured nationally this year with Of Monsters And Men (Iceland), Passenger (UK) and Avalanche City (NZ), The Falls are fast developing a very impressive live resume which also includes performances at the Surry Hills Festival, Peat’s Ridge Art and Music Festival, Gulgong Folk Festival and Nunnup Music Festival, as well as shows with Lior, Husky and Georgia Fair. Having also shared the stage with one of their idles Graham Nash, when he was in Australia on tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Falls have had an incredible year.
With an unmistakable sound, barefoot collaborators and best friends The Falls are gently making a name for themselves in 2012.
“Beautiful harmonies, sweet as lyrics, warmth all round. I really love this. Those voices climb and soar so sweetly, and that toy piano comes in at just the right moment. A+.”
Zan Rowe, triple j (5/5)
“the voices sit next to each other like they’ve been pouring from the same pot of tea for years and some judiciously deployed extras like strings and tuned percussion alongside the voices and the Falls – the duo of Simon Rudston-Brown and Melinda Kirwin –could earn a place on the same stage as the Civil Wars.”
Bernard Zuel, The Sydney Morning Herald
“The debut EP Hollywood, is a cracker of a folk collection, a six-track taste of what these kids are capable of – it will certainly leave you wanting more.”
Rip It Up (4 ½ stars)
“…the first listen of the bittersweet, pretty six tracks delivers beyond expectation…Please and Hollywood are the standout tracks on the EP, nicely framed by the opener and closer respectively”
THE FALLS are Simon Rudston-Brown + Melinda Kirwin
"Hollywood" is available digitally and in store via MGM Distribution