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Interview with Friends At The Falls

Friends At The Falls are an indie pop band from LA compromised of Jake Stam and Matt Montgomery, who are making waves with their latest single 'It's Alright, Let Me Go'. I immediately loved their sound upon listening, and I had to ask if they would be up for answering some questions for us. Luckily, they are super nice and were happy to give us more of an insight into their musical journey and the process of creating 'It's Alright, Let Me Go'.

How would you describe your sound to the readers?

Our sound is a good blend of alternative rock and indie pop. Our favourite artists tend to be ones that can fill arenas or headline music festivals. Those artist all share a "big sound" and that is probably what inspires our own sound the most.

How did your musical journey start?

We've both been playing instruments our whole lives. Jake specifically started songwriting in highschool and went to college for music production. About two years into college we both came together to start releasing music under the name Friends at the Falls.

Who would you say are your biggest musical influences?

Our biggest musical influences are artists like The Killers, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, WALK THE MOON, and The 1975.

Your new song ‘It’s Alright, Let Me Go’ is out now. I love the build in this song, how was the process of making this song for you?

Thanks! We love the build up in this song too. This song was originally two separate ideas that date back as far as 2017, one being the chorus and the other being the synth build up during the outro. Earlier this year we were sifting through old demos and ultimately decided to combine the two ideas together.

What do you hope listeners will take from listening to ‘It’s Alright, Let Me Go’?

I guess what we would want the listener to take from this song is a sense of conclusion. When I (Jake) wrote the lyrics I was in a vulnerable place and I’d like to think it concluded a chapter for me in my own life. So maybe that’ll provide some inspiration for someone who finds themselves in a similar place.

Could you explain more to me about the lyrics for this song? Where did your main inspiration come from?

Similar to the last answer, I (Jake) think I was writing for acceptance and conclusion from issues that may have been weighing on me. I sort of just decided to turn that into a narrative based around the concept title “It’s Alright, Let Me Go”

You have released a few songs recently, are these all a part of a bigger project for you?

Yes! The past few singles that we’ve released will be included on our new EP titled "Be The Change" that is slated for release in mid August. This is the first compilation that we've released since 2018, so we’re very excited about it.

What’s next for Friends At The Falls?

We promised our fans that we would have two finished EP's by the end of 2021. We hope to have the new finished record in our hands by the end of the year so that way we can start releasing new music at the start of 2022. We are also hoping to tour at some point in the coming year!

And lastly, what music have you been listening to recently? Anything you can recommend to us?

(Jake) I’ve been listening to the new Dayglow record "Harmony House" as well as The Killers latest record "Imploding The Mirage". I’m stoked for their new record coming out later this year!

(Matt) Jake and I have a lot of crossover when it comes to the alternative/ indie world. I'm always listening to Coldplay and The 1975, but I tend to do quite a few deep dives on Spotify where I find a bunch of cool upcoming artists. Other go-to's for me at the moment are groups like Whitney, The Head and The Heart, and Jon Bellion.

Thank you so much to Friends At The Falls for taking the time to answer those questions for us, it's really appreciated. You can listen to 'It's Alright, Let Me Go' and other songs by Friends At The Falls anywhere you listen to music right now, I will link their Spotify below. Make sure you give them a follow on their social media and keep an eye out for new music from them, as I think we'll be hearing a lot more from them soon...

Thanks for reading, until next time...

Listen to 'It's Alright, Let Me Go' on Spotify here.

Follow Friends At The Falls on Spotify here.

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