What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
It was thought of by bassist Jack and drummer Andy. Andy suggested the name ‘Fall Through’, but then we found out there was already a band with that name. Not to be deterred, Jack suggested ‘Falling Through’ a name which suggests movement. It also has multiple meanings, does it mean ‘falling through space’, does it mean your plans are ‘falling through’? It’s up to you to decide.
What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
Jonathan Leonard (Jonny) - Vocals
Michael Robinson (Brother Michael) - Guitar
Jack Crangle (Doctor Jack) - Bass
Andrew Barrington (Dad/Granddad) - Drums
If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
Booze! Michael would choose Jack Daniels, Jack’s preference would be lager, and Andy would go for cider. Frankly, we’re not sure how that would taste all mixed together.
What’s an average day like for the band?
When we are able to practice, which we haven’t been able to do since lock-down in March, we meet in Belfast City Cent re around 2:45pm on a Saturday. We share a taxi to our practice space about a mile away then load our mountain of gear (mainly Andy’s) into the practice room on the 4th floor, yes we take the lift. There is then a quick pitstop at a local bakery for sausage rolls (Jack doesn’t partake because he is vegan). We then head back to the practice room, have a few drinks, and occasionally we might even find time to practice or write some songs! Practice usually lasts from 2-6 pm, at which point we participate in some obligatory band lovin’ (leave that to your imagination), then head for home.
Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
Our debut show, and to date our only show, was in a pub called Fa Joes in Lurgan, about 30 mins from Belfast. This was on 12th March 2020. We were supporting a lovely band called Dean and Chapter who made us feel very welcome. It’s an extremely intimate venue, the stage is literally just a corner of the bar. We had more gigs booked for the end of March and during April, but unfortunately these were all cancelled due to Corona-virus. Right now, we don’t know when we’ll even see each other again, let alone practice or play a show, but rest assured we will be back ready to rock a town near you!
What are some of the best pranks you as band mates have pulled on each other?
None, we’re all far too nice to each other. Although we do like to mock Andy for being the band’s oldest member.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
We’ve got heavier and we’ve got faster. Our initial sound was very much in the 70s/80s classic rock mold. But then Andy joined, possibly the biggest Slayer fan in the whole of Ireland, which inevitably sped things up. We also began to favor drop C tuning, which is what our debut recording is played in, giving our sound a heavier, grungy crunch.
What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
Favourite – Writing songs/playing gigs
Least favourite – Dragging gear around/fighting off mountains of groupie (one of those is a joke, guess which one)
If you were a superhero, what would your power be?
Being able to teleport with all our gear. We’re lazy, in case you hadn’t worked it out.
What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
We feel the most important thing is to form a band with people who you like and understand. First and foremost, practices are a social occasion for us, the centerpiece of our Saturday afternoon. We have a laugh and chat, which makes it much easier to gel and write songs. It also means that we can constructively criticize each other and make suggestions without being worried about an outburst from some sensitive prima donna. It’s also important to have band mates who are reliable and who share your music tastes. For us, these personal relationships/rapports are more important than pure technical skill.
Who are some of your favorite musicians?
Black Sabbath, Tool, Alice in Chains, Slayer, Deftones, Megadeth, Black Label Society, Nirvana, Ramones and many many more.
What is the craziest thing you've ever received from a fan?
Having only been together for a few months, and with only one gig and one recording to date, we don’t really have any ‘fans’, but watch this space. If anyone would like to send us something crazy in the mail, we’d be very grateful.
What song of yours means the most to you and why?
Our debut single, ‘Take’. It is the one track that we have recorded and we spent months getting it as close to perfect as possible. During these strange times, when we can’t actually play to anyone, this is how we can show people our music and let them know what we’re all about, and we’re pretty damn proud of it!
How can people gain access to your music?
If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
Thank You, Be good to each other, and stay safe.
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