As December Falls Interview
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Originally interviewed in 2017.
As December Falls are a female fronted, pop punk powerhouse quartet who hail from Nottingham, UK. The band consists of Bethany Curtis (vocals), Ande Hunter (guitar and vocals), Timmy Francis (bass) and Lukas James (drums).
Formed in 2014, As December Falls have gained some serious media attention, from their first EP "A Home Inside Your Head" picking up attention from the BBC in 2014, to being named one of Scuzz TV's top unsigned bands of 2016 the future looks bright for Nottingham's finest.
I recently spoke with Andre Hunter (guitar and vocals) to talk about the release of their newest single “More To You”, the band's previous work, their fan appreciation as well as what we can expect from As December Falls in the near future.
Question 1) This interview is taking place just over a months since the release of your newest single “More To You”. How has the last month been for you all? Is it a good feeling to finally get your music out to the fans?
"It's been a good month, we played our biggest headline show at Rescue Rooms to a near sold out crowd with people travelling all over the UK which was insane. To be honest we've not stopped in the past month - we've written four new songs, been working on mixing a live album of the full Rescue Rooms set whilst also planning a UK tour for late spring. It's been manic! The response we've received from the new single has been great as well. Every time we release something new it gets a bigger response than the last release which is always encouraging. "
"WE'RE A FEMALE FRONTED, LOUD AND BALLSY ROCK/ POP BAND FOR FANS OF TONIGHT ALIVE, FALL OUT BOY AND YOU ME AT SIX."
Question 2) Very few bands experiment so early in their career. All of your previous work such as “A Home Inside Your Head”and “When You Figure Out You're Wrong, Get Back To Me" includes immensely powerful vocals, pounding drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work. Was it the intention of As December Falls as a band to always push the boundaries of the alternative rock sound? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?
"In all honesty it's not planned. It's not a sound that's been crafted by a label, or aimed at a certain demographic or anything like that. We just write music that we enjoy playing and all our individual sounds are very much crafted from our own musical tastes, it kind of comes together to produce something a bit different and exciting. Beth's vocals are very much built around strong, female singers like Hayley Williams but with some bluesy/soul influences like Ariana Grande. Add that to Ande's classic rock/ blues lead guitar, Bambi's pop punk rhythm and Luke's experimental drumming and we like to think it's something fresh and new!"
Question 3) “More To You” shows massive ambition for a band so early in your career. The song has a massive anthem feel and sounds as if it could easily inspire stadium singalongs. Ambition emanates from the band and comes through clearly in all of your previous work, but what is the scale of ambition for the band? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?
"That's the plan. We've got a very down to earth work ethic of building this thing up ourselves. We have no manager, no label, no force driving us other than a love for what we do and we're not stopping any time soon. "
"IN TERMS OF ADVICE TO YOUNGER BANDS, JUST CRAFT YOUR SOUND, SPEND HOURS PRACTICING AND FIND THE RIGHT MEMBERS. WE'RE ALL BEST FRIENDS WHICH REALLY MAKES THE BAND WORK."
Question 4) The latest Single "More To You" features a remix of the song by "Hunt & Haabi". The result is an amazing house pop punk fusion which shows the vocals in a more delicate, softer setting and in some cases almost acapella. How did this remix come about? Could you see more of your music getting the remix treatment? If so which song would you like to see be remixed?
"Haabi is one of Ande's closest friends and they'd discussed collaborating on something for a while. They loved the original and wanted the vocal stems to build something up and it just went from there. We really want to experiment on our B-Sides just to give the fans alternative versions to check out so we'll definitely collaborate with artists from other genres on new material. "
Question 5) If people have never heard of the band (As December Falls) before, how would you describe yourselves to them to hook new listeners in and get them to listen to your E.P and come see you perform live?
"We're a female fronted, loud and ballsy rock/ pop band for fans of Tonight Alive, Fall Out Boy and You Me At Six. Picture Ariana Grande backed by a balls to the wall, rock band. We have a blast live and focus more on having a good time on stage than anything - it's a very energetic live show. "
Question 6) There is much noise made in the music industry about the difficulties of being a female-fronted rock band in a male dominated industry. Is this something that you have encountered yourselves? If so do you have any words of advice for young female singers who are looking to start a rock band?
"To be honest we've found it a great asset. There's the obvious paramore comparison since they were the first huge band in the genre but it really sets us apart from the majority of other UK artists. In terms of advice to younger bands, just craft your sound, spend hours practising and find the right members. We're all best friends which really makes the band work. "
"WE NEVER EXPECTED ANYTHING FROM THIS, JUST TO HAVE FUN WITH THE BEST GROUP OF FRIENDS. KEEPING THAT HUMILITY AND LOVE OF WHAT WE DO IS SOMETHING WE STRIVE FOR OVER EVERYTHING."
Question 7) Let’s be honest, it’s only a matter of time until you hit the major major big time. However, if you had the choice now to headline any festival which would it be and why? Also what would As December Falls band rider consist of?
"A high up spot on Warper Tour in the US is the absolute dream. Once we've done that we'll consider ourselves a legit band! UK wise than the usual Download/ Leeds would be incredible but Warped is where the heart lies. Rider wise? We're easy to please! Feed us some pizza, throw in some whiskey and we'll be the happiest band in the world. "
Question 8) You guys have made a pretty decent impact in the UK music scene already, with your first EP "A Home Inside Your Head" picking up attention from the BBC, and being named one of Scuzz TV's top unsigned bands of 2016 and some other amazing achievements for a band still so young. How did you all deal with this rise in fandom? Did you expect to blow up as fast as you did?
"To be honest it still feels minor league compared to where we want to go. I guess we're always focused on the next step and looking at what to do next. It's been an absolute rollercoaster ride so far! Every time something new comes up we're still surprised. We never expected anything from this, just to have fun with the best group of friends. Keeping that humility and love of what we do is something we strive for over everything. "
Question 9) Fans are a huge aspect of As December Falls as we can see with your crowd funded EP "When You Figure Out You're Wrong, Get Back To Me" smashing its target In only 4 days! As well as regular social media updates and interactions with fans. Do you find regular fan interaction makes the band feel closer to the fans and is there anything you would like to say to them?
"We love every single one of them. Literally nothing makes us happier than a fan message whether it be words of encouragement, asking for advice, fan artwork or whatever. We make the conscious effort of replying to every single tweet, email, Facebook message and always will. It's the fans that put us where we are and we'll never forget that. "
Question 10) With a recent single "More To You" still fresh on the airwaves it may be a little early to ask, but what is next for the band? What can we expect over the coming months from As December Falls?
"We literally had a band meeting over Chinese last night. We've got some very cool stuff going off this year but nothing announced publicly yet. Planning a UK tour or two likely in May, a few festivals, a new single and B side before summer, a live album and a new 5 track EP out by the end of the year. We might even throw in a pop-punk cover of something ;) just keep your eyes peeled!"