We’ve been introducing you to a few bands recently and we don’t plan on slowing down just yet! Our next tip for you is The Fall Of Eve, a Scottish symphonic rock band – check out our interview and review below.
Could you introduce yourself and tell us about the band?
My name is Evangeline and Michael is my fiancé and guitarist. We have been musicians for over a decade each. I play various instruments; clarinet and piano amongst them, and Michael has been involved in a lot of other projects before The Fall of Eve. The band itself we tend to think of as symphonic rock rather than metal the further along we go, which is a result of the band evolving over time. We have been playing together since summer 2011 and after several lineup changes we have decided to use session musicians rather than be tied to set members. We are both from Central Scotland and to date all our recording and mixing has been done here.
How did the band form?
The band formed from the bones of a previous project which actually was of a completely different genre all together but the music we now make is the type of music we listen to and we wanted to make that type of music so when our last project came to an end it seemed like the perfect opportunity to go down a different path.
What was the writing and recording process like for the E.P.?
The E.P. was a very long process from writing to actual completion. A total of 2 years were spent. We actually had written the songs, recorded them, rewritten them and rerecorded twice before we were happy. Partly due to member changes and partly due to us feeling it could be better. Eventually we found the right people who understood what it is that we were trying to achieve from the sound itself and the change from the first 18 months to the last 6 was unbelievable. It was quite a struggle but very much a learning process. I had never written for my own voice, which carried its own challenges as well.
Were there any songs which were more of a challenge?
Consequence took me a long time to get right vocally both in the lyrics and the melody. It just never felt right for a long time. It was the first song written but the last one to feel complete. Shields of Faith was a big undertaking too and it went through a lot of changes both in the music and the lyrics – Shields of Faith is actually the third title the song has had. It just seemed like there was always room for improvement but we got there in the end.
Which song are you most proud of?
From the E.P. I would say Shields of Faith just because I know the amount of hours put into it and the many disagreements over what felt right. When a song causes so much frustration and then it finally works, it’s a great feeling and make it all the more fun to perform.
We are heading back into the studio to record this year which should hopefully produce an album and we both think the new songs are a step and a half above anything we have done before. The bar has been set much higher and we can’t wait for people to hear what’s coming!
How would you describe your show to someone who hasn’t seen it yet?
We spend a lot of time working out how the live show should be both visually and sound. We try to make the live show as big as possible. Our mantra is go big or go home! You can’t pump the sound of a 110 piece orchestra into a venue and just stand there! We go full on and try to put across the energy that drives the music. We want the people who see us perform to feel drawn in and truly entertained.
What’s the best show you’ve ever played?
The best show we’ve played was probably headlining for The Criminal Club night at The Classic Grand in Glasgow. We were filming our Envy video and the awesome Cyanide Girls performed and we were allowed to film them too. We didn’t get on stage till 1am either!
What’s been your best experience in the industry so far?
Hearing positive feedback for the E.P and the general “look” of the band from people who work in the industry is one of the best things. We are completely self financed and make all our own decisions be it what songs make the next release or what earrings I wear in the next photoshoot. Doing it all yourself and hearing “good job” is a big boost and drive us to do more and push even harder.
Calls From The Horizon Review
Introduction In The Beginning works perfectly at building up atmosphere and gives the EP the best possible start; it’s a hauntingly beautiful instrumental piece that slowly builds up into a fever pitch, which is where the EP fully gets going with a very strong opener, Original Sin. The instrumentation and vocals are at a perfect balance with one another and everything just works as a result.
One of the highlights of the EP is the aforementioned Consequence, which is somewhat of a mini epic. The chorus worms its way into your head before you even know it and the track features massive-sounding instrumentation paired up with powerful vocals. There’s a lot to take in within the track’s duration and there are so many hauntingly stunning moments that it’s difficult to single out just one section because it’s all so good!
The EP progresses strongly, with Envy being another standout track, and things come to a head with the title track Calls From The Horizon, which is a triumphant conclusion to the EP with soaring melodies and a wonderful thick tone. It ends abruptly; plunging the listener into silence and giving them a chance to finally take it all in.
If this EP is a sign of things to come for The Fall Of Eve, the future is indeed looking promising for them.
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