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Fallen From Grace - And on the Rise
By Ben Ohmart
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2004-01-06
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To describe the music from Fallen From Grace's self-titled debut release is like drawing the wind; words aren't the best medium here. They aren't alternative, but contain that unrestrained, unresolved spirit that speaks eloquently of convertible cars and open-air concerts. They aren't acoustic, but pass on that sensibility with some straight-forward and utterly ear-turning acoustic rhythm guitar. The vocals and studio sound are closer to Dave Matthews or Vertical Horizon, with maybe a little Dido mixed in. Can't figure it out?

Streaming MP3: "Catch It If You Can"

Listen to the end song, "Road to Anywhere," which begins with a simple sound, ultimately layering on synth backing among the heartfelt lead vocal and acoustic guitar, and sort of hip hop beat. Fallen From Grace (www.fallenfromgrace.com) lets the melody do the work in the music, not the glam, not any Britney Spears disco tricks. The unadorned sound of the clicking of the pick on those unplugged instruments blends well with the sometimes subtle, sometimes vacant sound of keyboard help that never goes into the foreground. It's some of the best playing you're going to hear from college radio.

The rhythmic feel of drums and guitar on the opening of "Moments Away" dives right into a tight vocal harmony, and again, you realize that another unforgettable tune has started in between your ears. Someday this will be covered by a good many Latin artists; it's damn obvious. It rolls more than rocks. You'll understand, after a listen.

The line-up:
Dave Grech - Turntables & Keyboard
Greg Galdieri - Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
Stephen Frederick - Lead Guitar
Jon Garsman - Bass Guitar, Backup Vocals
Dave DeRiso - Percussion

But just what does the name Fallen From Grace MEAN? "It was a name that we came up with while sitting in a bar scratching ideas on a napkin," says Grech. "The phrase was used in one of our favorite songs, 'Six Under Ground' by the group, The Sneaker Pimps. We get asked all the time if we are a Christian Rock band... no, not even close. But it is funny when we get asked.

Streaming MP3: "As the World Stands Still"

"Because of the area in which we live and play, we have to play both covers and originals. The favorite covers are U2, Oasis, Doobie Brothers, and Marvin Gaye. The crowd definitely enjoys the remakes of these popular tunes, but the majority of fans come out to hear the original material. It's a great feeling when you look into the audience and you see people singing the lyrics to a song you wrote."

More on Fallen From Grace
* Genre: Synco-Melodic Acoustic-Rock
* Hometown: Randolph, New Jersey
* Website: www.fallenfromgrace.com
* Buy "Fallen From Grace" CD
* Listen to More of Their Music
* Contact Fallen From Grace

Their favorite club to play so far is the legendary Bitter End in NYC. "It is an honor for us to stand on the stage that so many great performers once did." When they first began, they assumed they'd be appealing to the usual college audiences. "Our sound has pretty much a college flare to it. But as we played it out, the audience developed into everything from college kids to suburban soccer moms. It's a very diverse crowd. I think it depends on the venue as well. At some places, we get mostly people from their mid- 30s and up, and then sometimes we get exclusively 21 to 30-year-olds. At the end of the day it's old and young and we enjoy playing for anyone who wants to listen!"

They are now doing this full time. An achievement for any band. "Make sure you're in this business for the right reasons. Love the music and love what you do. This business is a rough one and not everyone makes the millions, but you can create your own definition of success and feel good about it."

Streaming MP3: "Road to Anywhere"

Still, even doing the stuff you love, you've gotta take time off sometime. "This band is a lifestyle and our time off consists of thinking about our next step as a band and how we will get the most out of the following day. When we're not performing we do enjoy spending time with our family and girlfriends. We don't usually spend the quality time that we should, so a day off is a good time to play catch up. Actually, we have taken the month off to head back into the studio to craft the follow-up album. We are also implementing some new ideas for the set-up of the band. We will be back on the road in mid January performing up and down the East coast so be on the lookout for up and coming show announcements."

Talent and luck are equally important to any band. Two of their songs, "As the World Stands Still" and "Break Us" were inserted in the soundtracks of two Canadian films, The Forbidden Fruit, and Road to Nowhere. They also recently won the Battle of the Bands on Alternative Addiction.com, and were placed on the Unknown Top 10 bands list. Naturally, the Internet helped.

Streaming MP3: "Moments Away"

"I think it's an important tool for any performer. We've accumulated a lot of our fan base through music portals that we would have never been able to reach. These sites are worldwide and act as a vehicle to drive our music to different geographical areas. We get emails all of the time from fans in different countries and it's pretty amazing that a person in Yemen was able to find our music."

They were also fortunate to have had sponsorship on their Budweiser True Music Tour. "They provide us with giveaways, banners, signage, and other type of promotional items when performing a show."

And the future of Fallen From Grace? "Sky is the limit! We believe we can take this project to the top and if the fans keep up the support and we keep banging out tracks, you'll be hearing from us for a long time. Central Park - 80,000 people - need I say more?"

www.fallenfromgrace.com


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