Band 'As Sirens Fall' Spill All And Tell Us Their Guilty Pleasures!
Aggresive pop band 'As Sirens Fall,' came together after each individually being in successful bands to create a sound that can never be labelled or put in a box. Each member has an alternative personal style which is admired by many across the world. We got chatting and were able to find out more about the band and what makes them tick…
How and when did the band form? What brought you together?
We formed towards the end of 2014, we had all played in bands before who had played shows together and we just got lucky with the timing that all their lifespans came to an end at the same time. We came together and Mikey’s voice and delivery over the top of the music was exactly what we were looking for. All in the right place at the right time I guess!
We've listened to your Youtube channel and it's clearly a sound we've been missing in the office!
How would you describe your sound?
Aggressive pop is the phrase that people seem to band about, I think if you absolutely have to give it a genre we have a modern and relevant classic rock sound. Think Queen/Bowie meets My Chemical Romance. We’re not afraid to push the genre boundaries and we’ll never be put in a box. That’s what really excites me about what we do!
We're loving your vibe and that's exactly why we have you on board! Can't wait to hear more.
When did you first start gigging as a band and where?
We didn’t gig or announce we were a band for around 6 months initially. We were in bands before with relatively good followings in the local scene so we didn’t want people to pay to come and see us and then not get the show they would expect. Once we had some decent songs we gigged in small venues outside of our local area to refine our live show and performance. Our first hometown show was sold out, and we were able to deliver a performance that we felt was worthy of the people who came out to see our show. Giving people a great show has always been massively important to us.
You've got to start somewhere - protecting your bands profile must've been hard for the first few months, but look where you are now.
What do you love the most about being in a band?
My favourite thing about being in a band has to be the community we have created. We have a really inclusive atmosphere at our shows and a diverse following. Our message of positive mental health and togetherness seems to strike a chord with so many people and I feel humbled that we get to spend our time delivering this message and helping people to escape their troubles or make positive changes to their lives. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.
That must mean a lot to each one of you and it means a lot to us too. An authentic, real community has given you a strong following that you can rely on. It will only grow from here.
How would you describe your look?
Our stage attire varies from each EP/single cycle to the next but we try and keep it uniformal with matching patches on our jackets of our Lily logo and our 'Not Dead Yet' logo. We each have our own style and try and express that on stage in what we wear. We see so many people making their own versions of our stage jackets now and it feels like a tribe.
We've got pictures of your your recent gig in Manchester (images included throughout this post) and we're lovin' the look!
Why do you choose to wear T.U.K.?
We've liked T.U.K. shoes for a long time and we’re so happy to have their support, they're super comfy and very different to anything else out there. I'm also not the tallest of people so they make me look a bit taller on stage...
We're glad to be of style and height assistance.
What’s a typical day like for you as a band?
Wake up, put our creepers on and go out into the world feeling badass... Our days vary massively - we’re an independent band and that means there are so many plates for us and our team to spin. Some mad stuff happens pretty much every day though. Whether it’s something musical, a show offer, or finding out we’ve been lucky enough to get an endorsement for all our platformed-footwear needs - there’s always something.
There's never a day of rest for the wicked!
Who would you say has most influenced you?
The guys will all have different answers for this, but overall, bands like Queen and My Chemical Romance are massive influences. For me personally I grew up listening to music that my parents listened to: Bruce Springsteen, Dire Straits and Bryan Adams - which all played a part in making me want to pick up the guitar and play music.
That type of music is gold dust. Never let that love die out.
Who writes your songs?
We write most of our songs as a collective, it could start off with a riff or a vocal melody and then we all work from there. Sometimes it can happen really fast, however we've had a few songs where we've had a chorus or a bridge section that we love but couldn't find the right song for it. Our track 'Lily' was like that - we'd had the entire ending written for a while but couldn't tack it on to the right song for it. That all fell into place just a few weeks before we went into the studio to record it and now it's one of my favourite songs to play live.
Rome wasn't built in a day. We can only imagine how difficult it would be to write a song from scratch, let alone for it to bring music to our ears!
What is your favourite cover song? Do you play covers at gigs?
I think my favourite cover off the top of my head is the Silverstein version of Apologize by One Republic, we played with those guys the other year and it was such a fun show!
Great track - bet you all had the time of your lives.
Musical guilty pleasures (be honest!)?
I think it's good to listen to all kinds of music, we all listen to so many different types, but in the van while on tour we often put a cheesy playlist on and all sing along, usually involving 80s songs or something like Take That or Little Mix.
We've all got to have our own down time. For some people that's heavy metal, pop or classic.
If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you choose and why?
It would probably have to be Freddie Mercury!
Agreed - what a legend!
What are you working on now and what should we be looking out for in 2020?
We've just released a single called 'We Go Down Together' which we're really proud of, we did a fun music video with it as well which is totally different to any videos we've put out before. 2020 is going to be a busy year for us, expect lots of new music!
We'll be sure to listen out for you guys and best of luck for 2020. We'll be working closely with you guys to support you all as much as we can.
*All pictures credited to As Sirens Fall. Images were provided.