I know this bands music quite well, and I really struggle to see why they haven’t been picked up by a bigger label and given a pot full of money to make even more brilliant music. It’s really a joy to be doing this review, and also being granted permission to do this review on the song by the band is even more exciting, so would just like to say thank you to the band for that. The Fallows are getting regular gigs and beginning to get recognition for main stage festival bookings. The band have already produced one album on a small independent label, and that album was called ‘Face the Wolves’.
The Fallows are an acoustic/folk band but they have a rock attitude/edge, they have chorus songs that fit many different venues, whether it be a festival or whether it be the pub from down the road, but they also have the lyrics that suit longer term, being on CD or radio. Amongst the band is Neal Pointon who is a BBC Young Folk Awards 2012 Finalist(as fiddle player with Tri) and has held All Britain titles on 4 instruments.
The Fallows were BBC Introducing (Coventry & Warwickshire) Artist Of The Month for Feb 12, leading up to their “Face The Wolves” album launch on 3 Mar12; produced for 4Real Records. They are touring the album in 2012, with 30 plus gigs confirmed to date incfor Communion Music (Oxford) & Pull Up The Roots (London), together with Main Stage appearances at Off The Tracks (Donnington), Godiva and Napton Festivals (others pending).
The Fallows are an established band in Coventry,The Midlands and London.They regularly play venues such as Warwick Arts Centre, Ditch The TV, TheKasbah, Taylor Johns, S7VEN (Coventry) Chinawhites, Kensington Roof Gardens,The Betsey Trotwood, Bar Music Hall (London) Cox’s Yard (Stratford upon Avon)amongst others. They have played at Godiva Festival (where they have alsohosted the acoustic stage – Fallows Front Row Review – for the last 2 years),Rugby Folk n Boat, Evesham Riverside, Lechlade (Help For heroes) amongst others. Here are some the reviews the band got from these events-
Live Review (CoventryEvening Telegraph)
CD Review (ALTSounds)
CD Review (CoventryEvening Telegraph)
CD Review (FATEA Magazine)
In one of my previous reviews I stated that I didn’t really take acoustic/folk music, but it doesn’t really matter when the song is played with a rock edge to it, so although it does sound like an acoustic/folk band, you have that extra element to it which makes it that bit different to regular folk/acoustic bands. As catchy songs ago, this is certainly up there because when I listened to the album, this was the one that I was singing at the end of it, this was the song I seriously could not get out of my head. I think an element that made it so catchy was the strumming pattern in the song, it’s got a real bouncy strumming pattern that really sticks in your head. So as well as the story in the lyrics of the song,which was probably one the one reasons I kept revisiting it because I wanted to catch all the lyrics, find out what they were about, relate to something and see if I missed anything out. Went off point there, but as well as they story in the lyrics you have a really catchy chorus.
I’ve never really been a massive fan of the violin, especially when it’s used in indie type music, but I think when it’s used correctly and introduced in to the song correctly you really get the best out of it. I really like how the violin has it’s solo, where you can really hear it and catch the melody of the song, and just not drop it. Probably my most favourite element in this song is the vocals in it because they’re so consistent and he’s got a really nice folky voice. Sometimes when I hear folk songs, it comes across that the singer is trying way to hard to get his voice to sound like that and it doesn’t sound genuine, but that’s not the case here as it suits really well.
A band that deserves a lot more I believe, and I think it’s only a matter of time until they hit something big! So lets get behind them.
And if you wanna catch them at a show, have a look where you can see them, because the band are their best advert!
Thu 19 Apr 12 TheFiddler’s Elbow, London
Sun 22 Apr 12 Jericoh’s Tavern, Oxford (Communion Music)
Fri 04 May 12 TheBeehive, Swindon
Mon 07 May 12 Whitefriars Festival, Coventry
Wed 09 May 12 BarMusic Hall, Hoxton
Sat 12 May 12Railway Bar, Coventry
Fri 25 May 12 OffThe Tracks Festival
Fri 08 Jun 12Undersolo, Camden
Sat 23 Jun 12Lainfest, Twycross
Tue 26 Jun 12 Proud Camden
Sat 30 Jun 12 GodivaFestival, Main Stage
Sat 07 Jul 12 NaptonFestival (Toploader, Total Stones Roses +)
Thu 12 Jul 12 HawleyArms, CamdenSat
Sat 21 Jul 12Inspire, Coventry(support Wes Finch, In The North Wood)
04 Aug 12 TheKasbah, Coventry
Sat 01 Sep 12 HopFest, Bromyard
Fri 26 Oct 12 DitchThe TV, Coventry(support Charlie Turner)