The Fallen State Interview
Originally interviewed in 2017
The Fallen State are a British alternative rock quintet consisting of Ben Stenning (vocals), Jon Price (lead guitar), Dan Oke (rhythm guitar), Greg Butler (bass) and Rich Walker (drums). The band was formed in 2013 and have been on a wild journey ever since.
Since their inception in 2013 the band have released 5 E.P's, a string of music videos and have toured all over the globe with some of the biggest bands around such as, Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm and Young Guns.
Having recently released their latest E.P 'The View From Ruin' on the 24th of February, I thought now would be a great time to speak to the band about the release and their music. A couple of days after the release of 'The View From Ruin' I spoke to the bands bass player Greg Butler about the release of the new E.P, their favourite song to play live and just how big The Fallen State can be...
Question 1) This interview is taking place just a few days since the release of your latest EP 'The View From Ruin'. How have the last few days been for you? Is it a good feeling to finally get your new music out there?
It's great to finally get 'The View From Ruin' our there. It seems like ages since we got the first mixes back. We've been very excited to release it to the world and we literally can't believe the response we have had so far!
"WE SAID RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING THAT WE WANTED TO BE A DIVERSE ROCK BAND. IN OUR EYES THERE'S LITERALLY NO POINT IN WRITING THE SAME SONG OVER AND OVER AGAIN."
Question 2) Your newest EP 'The View From Ruin' has worked it way up through the ranks and at the time if writing this is in the top 75 of the iTunes album chart. How does the success of the EP make you feel? Does it in any way help with the nerves that come with releasing new music to the fans?
It actually made it's way to #19 which is amazing and 'Nova' went as high as #6 on the singles chart! It honestly is amazing to see it do so well and that so many people wanted to buy it for keeps. You definitely have that initial nervousness with any release but when it's so well received it definitely makes you feel good you made something people want to hear so much!
"WE ARE A SMALL TOWN BAND JUST TRYING TO REACH OUT AS FAR AS WE CAN... HOPEFULLY WE CAN GO FURTHER, WHO KNOWS? BUT ONE THING IS FOR SURE, WE WON'T BE STOPPING ANY TIME SOON!"
Question 3) The latest single 'Nova' taken from 'The View From Ruin' is an absolute powerhouse of a track. It shows how easily you guys experiment with the alternative rock genre. 'Nova' includes immensely powerful vocals, insane drums, deep bass and ambitious guitar work. Was it the intention of The Fallen State as a band to always to push the boundaries of the alternative rock sound? Or did that come naturally in the creation process?
We said right from the beginning that we wanted to be a diverse rock band. In our eyes there's literally no point in writing the same song over and over again. We have so many different ideas and our thoughts are just 'write what we think is best'. It's great having the creative freedom to do so and it means we can put out the very best we can write.
Question 4) 'The View From Ruin' shows massive ambition for a band so early in your career. The interlocking sounds, the technicality of each instrumental part and the beautiful vocal work all could lead to stadium sized singalongs! What are the ultimate goals of The Fallen State? Are you genuinely going to take over the world?
Haha well we'd like to think so! It's a tough industry out there and we are honestly so amazed at the reaction we have had so far. We are a small town band just trying to reach out as far as we can... hopefully we can go further, who knows? But one thing is for sure, we won't be stopping any time soon!
"IF YOU HAPPEN TO ATTEND A CONCERT OF OURS, YOU'LL HAVE A GOOD, FUN TIME. WE ALWAYS DO THIS WITH A SMILE ON OUR FACES, AND YOU BETTER BE PREPARED FOR A SING ALONG!"
Question 5) If people have never heard of The Fallen State before how would you describe yourselves to them? How do you hook new listeners in and get them to listen to your E.P and come see you perform live? What do you feel sets you apart from the alternative rock crowd?
I think more than anything we try to be genuine. All of our music is written from experiences and inspirations. We want people to connect with our music. We pride ourselves on being a good live band and one that if you happen to attend a concert of ours, you'll have a good, fun time. We always do this with a smile on our faces, and you better be prepared for a sing along!
Question 6) The Fallen State have played some pretty amazing shows and have supported the likes of Black Stone Cherry, Halestorm and The Treatment. Where has been your favourite place to play on tour so far?
We have had the pleasure to play to some awesome venues and crowds. It's not always the biggest most prestige venues that are the best shows but it's definitely a badge of honour to say we have played the likes of the Hammersmith Apollo in London or the Ulster Hall in Belfast.
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 The Fallen State's band rider consist of?
Our ultimate festival would definitely be Download Festival. It's the home of rock music and we can't wait to grace the stages at Donington park. As for our rider.... well we enjoy the simple things and we appreciate that someone is happy to give us any rider. We're not fussy!
"SLEEPLESS' IS FUN TO ROCK OUT TO. 'QUICKENING' CERTAINLY GETS YOU SWEATY AND IT'S ABSOLUTELY OVERWHELMING TO HEAR PEOPLE SING EVERY WORD OF 'NOVA' BACK TO US EVERY NIGHT..."
Question 8) 'The View From Ruin' is a very ambitious EP. Many of the songs are brimming with emotion, both from the instruments as well as the vocals. All of the songs show what amazing craftsmanship The Fallen State has as a band. What is your favourite song to play live off of the EP? and why?
We have literally just got back from a UK headline tour and we played all of the tracks off the new EP live! I honestly can't pick a favourite... 'Sleepless' is fun to rock out to. 'Quickening' certainly gets you sweaty and it's absolutely overwhelming to hear people sing every word of 'Nova' back to us every night....
Question 9) Fans are a huge aspect of The Fallen State as we can see with your 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?
I know every band says this but we have some of the most amazing fans in the world. We actually prefer to call them friends. We are all music fans, we have been there in the crowd, on social media with our own favourite bands. So we know the deal we said from the start we wanted to make sure that we were easily accessible and would talk to everyone and hang out etc when we can. So far we have been able to do that both at shows and online. It's fun! It's so good to hear people's thoughts on our music and especially how they relate to our songs. All we have to say, is if you have the chance then please keep spreading the word about us. We appreciate your support more than we can say...!
Question 10) With the recent release of your latest EP 'The View From Ruin' coming out less than a week ago, it seems a little premature to ask this, but what is next for the band? What can we expect over the coming months from The Fallen State? Can we expect a new music video or a new tour announcement?
We have just got back from a UK headline tour and we'll be recording a new video for a new single very soon. We're hitting the festivals in the summer and will be back on the road for a little bit. It's going to be exciting mid part of the year!