Daniel Thompson and John Berry recently got the opportunity to sit down with some hardcore gods: Andrew and Frank from the Fall of Troy. Wondering how Frank got into the band? What's the deal with Manipulator? Will the Ghostship demos ever be released? All of those questions and more are answered right here:
Daniel Thompson: I guess we can start off by introducing yourselves and telling everyone what you do for the band.
Mystery Man #1: I'm Frank, I play bass.
Mystery Man #2: I'm Andrew, I play drums.
DT: Okay, you guys released Manipulator last year through Equal Vision Records, how did you guys think people would react to the new album?
Andrew: Well, we hoped that the fans would be supportive. There are a few tracks on there that are definitely a departure from what we had done previously. I at least hope that they'll be supportive and for the most part they have.
DT: What do you say to fans that say negative things about the album?
Andrew: I mean, not everyone is going to like everything so, it's okay (laughs)
DT: What are your plans for 2008?
Frank: We're going to Europe in early June to play some festivals in the UK.
Andrew: Then we're probably going to come back to record some demo tracks, tour a bit more, then hopefully we'll have a new album out by early next year.
DT: I heard you guys were going to re-release Manipulator through Equal Vision. Is there any truth to that?
Andrew: We just re-released Manipulator with a live dvd. Ghostship will come probably some day but I don't know when that'll be. I think it would be cool to do them in between albums and try an online release but we'll see what happens.
DT: What bands do you guys usually listen to while you're traveling?
Andrew: We listen to a lot of Dr. Dre
Frank: We listen to Vampire Weekend a lot, Blonde Redhead is good.
Andrew: Just basically whatever's good.
DT: So Frank, how were you introduced to the band?
Frank: I met them about four or five years ago and just became really good friends with them. One day they gave me a call and asked me if I wanted to play bass and I was like "Uh, are you serious?" It was pretty much that. Simple. No crazy, anything.
Andrew: Yeah that was pretty much it. We met him back in the day, he was tight, and that was pretty much it.
DT: What are your influences?
Frank: Musically? I mean, I listen to a lot of stuff like I grew up listening to a lot of Motown stuff on my Mom's side and my Dad's African so I listened to those kinds of things through him. I kind of exposed myself to rock on my own though.
Andrew: I was thinking about that the other day actually. There is this band in Seattle and their drummer to me is probably one of the best drummers I've heard. He's really tasteful. I also take a lot from the Beatles, Zepplin, Pink Floyd. I like a lot of classic rock.
Frank: I mean, this band is very unique.
DT: So what bands do you guys like touring with the most and what makes them so special?
Andrew: All of the guys on this tour are really fun. The bands are really diverse and everybody in the bands are actually really cool. Touring with the Deftones was a big thing, I've been a fan of theirs since the 7th grade. Horse the Band is also always a good time too, those guys are nuts. Pretty much everyone we've toured with, we've gotten along with really well.
DT: So, is there anything else you'd like to say to the fans?
Andrew: Thank you guys for your support. You guys blow my mind. I don't know why you guys like us so much but we're definitely glad that you do.
DT: So make sure to check out the Fall of Troy on tour right now and watch out for probably maybe the Ghostship Demos online?
Andrew: Someday, maybe, don't quote me on that (laughs) but I would really like to get them out some day.
DT: Look out for the Fall of Troy on their tour now!
Written By: Sean Collins
Hailing from Washington, the Fall of Troy are one of those bands that you will always and have always hear two varying opinions--never is anyone in the middle ground. Either you are totally in love with them or you are totally hoping they stop making music. They are just one of those bands. Some people will say they can’t stand the levels of which Thomas Erak can take his voice to or there are those people will say that their albums are just plain repetitive (which makes them look unintelligent).
“We’ve got more people listening at this point thann there were before,” so bluntly responds Andrew Forsman, the man behind the drums, addressing this off the bat. And it’s true; obviously, they are doing something right, regardless of what he addressed as “not selling as many albums the first week then last time.” On the other hand and record sales notwithstanding, the new album is a gem. Manipulator is a picture perfect example of maturity, growth, and musical exploration. No stone is left unturned as the unusually relaxed trio experiment with new styles and new dimensions.
“We definitely wanted to explore a little more of the song-writing aspect than just putting a bunch of crazy riffs together. I mean, obviously, we’re getting older always. I think--definitely, we didn’t want to do the same album we did last time,” said Forsman.
All this is expected when you are working with a producer that is Matt Bayles. That man has produced some of the most epic albums in the hardcore scene. “Working with him was great, he’s just an awesome dude…he won’t let you suck…when we heard he was interested, we were really happy.” And all signs seem to be pointing to him doing their next album, Phantoms on the Horizon. “I think we’re going to do our next album with him and he’ll probably be a bit more involved in the songwriting.”
For the confused, yes, Andrew confirmed, Phantoms on the Horizon, is the next album. When questioned about the rumor, “No, it’s going to be the next album,” Forsman stated. “We’ve done some demos of those songs but I think we’re going to go through and change them up a little.” The plan is to redo the Ghostship Demos and “we’ll probably end up writing a couple more songs, we’ve been writing a little bit right before we left [for the Deftones tour].”
No longer is this band the new kid on the block. Fear is beyond and beneath them as is nervousness and anxiety. They chuckle at questions about their hiatus, saying, “I don’t mind it, we did it…people are going to want to know about…” And to the rumors and their creators: “I try to ignore mostly but it’s funny cause I know what’s really going on.”
Be sure to catch the Fall of Troy on tour with Horse the Band as they hit up the US, Europe, Australia, and Japan in 2007.