Q&A with Over The Falls!

By: Maggie Guevara

[MAGGIE_ GUEVARA]:   “Tell me the story of how OVER THE FALLS came to be! Were you guys all friends before you formed the band? Did you all grow up together?”]

[Bret Fontaine _ Guitar, Vocals]: “Actually, we’re all from different parts of Nor Cal. I moved up to Santa Rosa in 2001 and was in a stoner metal band with Chris [Vocals] called B.U.R.n’R. Unknown to us, there was a fella named Tim [Bass, Vocals] in town who was rocking out with bands like Plan B and Risen (and Fallen).

A few years later, Tim and I met and formed a band called Captain Hashbrown. That was a prog-thrash-rock-just-about-everything-awesome band. Ryan [Drums] was out in Napa around this time with The Val Papadins.

Fast forward a few years to 2008; Tim had moved back from a few blissful years in San Diego, Captain Hashbrown was rolling but then nullified due to “jailed drummer syndrome”. Tim and I hooked up with Chris and desperately searched for a drummer for about a year til we found the mighty Ryan on Craigslist. God bless Craigslist. We’ve been going strong ever since! We first jammed in April 2009, had our first show in June 2009 at The Stork Club in Oakland. The rest, as they say, is science.”

[MG]:   “I’ll never forget the first time I heard you guys play at Chris’ Club in Vallejo. That was in 2010! Since then, you guys came out with another album. Thank you for sharing that with me by the way. It’s groovy! What inspired the new album?”

[BF]: “Thanks! Groovy is definitely part of what we were going for. I think the inspiration for the album was, as generic and corny as this sounds, us. It’s no small secret that we’re trying to fit more than one genre into this band here, and it’s no small feat to successfully tie all those sounds together. We really feel we accomplished it with this one.”

[MG]: ” I saw on your website that you guys were going to be performing in South Lake Tahoe at the end of the year! That’s so exciting! How did that opportunity evolve?”

[BF]: It IS exciting, isn’t it? OMG!!! We love Tahoe, being avid snowboarders (except for Ryan, who probably would be an avid snowboarder if he ever went). Credit for this show actually goes to Mike from The Business End (a killer punk band from SF), who asked us aboard.  This club is a blast to play.”

[MG]: “How many shows did you guys have this year?”

[BF]: “25. This year definitely didn’t have as many shows as the last, partly because we’re trying to focus on bigger shows with more thought put into promotion of them. Promotion: that is by far the toughest part of being an relatively unknown band. But we succeeded, I think, considering we got to play some great venues this year. Quite a few really good shows. Big thanks to all the folks that have rocked with us this year!”

[MG]: “What other venues were you looking to perform at?”

[BF]: “All of them! We had made a goal to play at Bottom of the Hill this year and ended up playing there twice over the summer. Played Elbo Room a few weeks back. We just want to keep hitting these great clubs in the city… onward and upward.”

[MG]: “Do your friends, family and loved ones travel with you guys when you go on tours?”

[BF]: “Good god, no. They’re sick of us! Just kidding, our wives (and girlfriend) are incredibly supportive, and generally there’s one or two of ’em at each show. But we play pretty often. They have lives, you know?  Various members of our families drop in from time to time to hear how much louder we’ve gotten since they last donned earplugs.”

[MG]: “Thank you so much for chatting with me today. It’s always a pleasure.”

[BF]: “Likewise!”

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Over The Falls Band Members:

  • Bret Fontaine- Guitar & Vocals
  • Tim Bastianon- Bass
  • Ryan Alderman- Drums
  • Chris Rodgers- Vocals

CHECK THESE GUYS OUT AT:

Website:
 http://overthefallsrocks.com/

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/OverTheFallsRocks?ref=ts

Myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/OverTheFalls

CD Baby:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/overthefalls 

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"So what do you think?
I’d love your feedback!
 – Maggie

EARTH SNAKE: New LP Release

By: Maggie Guevara

Earth Snake prepares to release its newest album, The Knowing Experiment, on January 13th, 2012.

The sounds of Earth Snake are progressive and in your face.  The mastermind behind all of the music is one person named Ed Stanley.  All of the instruments in his music are written and performed by him. Some of his songs are easily the kind that you can thrash about and head-bang to, and others you can just sit down and chill.  If you need to keep yourself pumped and ready to go for a high energy activity, just listen to one of his tracks like “Robots + Monsters” If progressive metal isn’t your flavor then maybe you’d enjoy something like “Flight.”  It’s smooth, relaxing and ethereal.

Raised in South San Francisco, Stanley started really playing music at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped since.  In his early stages of musical development, he took private drum lessons and studied music in high school as well.  Now 22 years of age, Stanley is currently producing from the Napa Valley. On the new album you will find his song “Merely Practical Joking;”

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There’s much to be said about the demonstrative musician. Playing with time and space, Stanley integrates 8-bit and his knowledge of tempo changes with his passion for Djent, the subgenre the band Meshuggah coined, which expresses the heavy metal sound that spawned from progressive metal.

Stanley’s ability to capture a “full” sound while flying solo truly is an art form all in itself. Starting off as a drummer, Stanley takes what many might know as the “heart beat” of music to a new level.  But what I hear may be completely different than what you might hear. So check him out! Let me know what YOU think!

EarthSnake: 
http://earthsnake.tessmusicproductions.com/

“Like” him on facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/earthsnakemusic

"So what do you think?
I’d love your feedback!
 – Maggie