As we hurtle towards another weekend at breakneck pace, we bring to you another band to fill your playlist with. In their own words – Elevation Falls…
Hazel Jade (lead singer): Top of the mornin’ to ya! (We don’t actually say that!) We are from Ireland!
Chris Young (lead guitarist): It’s not that simple we have a lot of exotic people in the band.
Darragh Shields (lead guitarist): Darragh, lead guitar. I am from Co. Louth in Ireland.
How did you meet?
HJ: Throughout numerous auditions and the Irish industry.
CY: I met the lads through Pat from Radio Nova. Had a jam now here I am.
DS: I met the band through playing a Gary Moore tribute gig in Dublin city.
How long have you been playing as a band?
HJ: The band was formed back in 2012, so 6 years this September!
CY: 4 long years.
DS: I have been part of the band for 2 years.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
HJ: We wanted something that reflected life, and reflected our song writing. Life is not an easy task to undergo. One minute everything is great and the next you can be as low as possible. When we write our music, we write it from personal experiences and we wanted the listener to be able to feel connected to the music and almost comforted by the idea of not being alone in the difficult times that life throws at you. That is why we named the band Elevation Falls, because it’s life in a nutshell.
CY: Omicron Persei 8 in space.
DS: I’ve actually never asked that question myself, I just always liked the name.
What are your influences?
HJ: I have many influences, but in particular Freddie Mercury, Myles Kennedy, Axl Rose, Ann Wilson, Lzzy Hale and Pink, all extremely talented stage performers and writers!
CY: Thin Lizzy, Slash and my dad.
DS: John Mayer, John Sykes, Gary Moore.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
HJ: Our music is the perfect blend of emotion and soul with hard rock. We bring a new classic sound back but we have reinvented it to appeal to the modern world.
CY: Its soft peaceful moments followed by some serious riffage booming bass badass drums epic singing and the odd ham sandwich… Name a band with all that in it!
DS: Nobody else can produce the unique sounds we have as individuals.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
HJ: Everything that can affect people in life, cheating, loss of someone you love, the music industry being corrupted, being in love, and pure hatred!
CY: Being emo and hating people!
DS: Mostly serious themes with a lot of meaning
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
HJ: Our live shows are as energetic as they can get! Between the boys getting into the crowd and soloing up close and personal to myself egging on the crowd to sing, it will never be a dull show with us! We’ve played hundreds of gigs, lost count!
CY: They are like the album but sexier. We have played too many to count.
DS: Our live show in complete honesty is probably the best you could see in Ireland, it’s a stage performance as well as a musical performance. Too many to count at this stage – 100’s.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
HJ: Well we won a picture of the pope in a raffle… I have to say that did make us laugh, especially since it is still sitting proudly in my kitchen two years later.
CY: I ran to the toilet and took a wizz during the set.
DS: Running out into the crowd and moshing while I continue playing.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
HJ: I use my voice and nothing else! Occasionally I get to play piano on stage if it’s big enough and we’ve time!
CY: I use a Les Paul and a Victory Amp.
DS: USA Les Paul custom, Richie Kotzen Signature Telecaster and a Hughes and Kettner amp system.
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Our brand new album What Will Be that features the song “Armies Rising” which won track of the week with Classic Rock magazine. The album is a big thing really think it will do well!
What are your plans for 2018, into 2019?
HJ: We have loads of news developing over the coming months, a lot I’m not allowed to mention yet but all in good time! I can say thou that we have started writing new material and we have to received confirmation that we have a new booking agency in the UK! There is also talk of a possible tour being put together soon but again got to keep quiet!
CY: Drink milk and kick ass… and I’ve just finished my milk.
DS: Play to as many people in as many different countries as possible
If you were second on a three-band bill, which band would you love to be supporting and which band would you choose to open for you? A chance to plug someone you’ve toured with, or a mate’s band we’ve not heard of before!
HJ: Ok a very hard question! If I could support either Halestorm or Alter Bridge I would be so happy! Another would be Avenged Sevenfold! To support us, I would personally just love to see a local band from the area we are performing in get a break, we support another band who’ve been on the scene – Samarkind.
CY: I’d love to open for Thin Lizzy and I’d have Tenacious D open for us.
DS: I would love to be supporting Whitesnake and would love to have Jailbirds open for us, a Dublin based rock band.
From previous Band of the Day Muscular Child: Dave Grohl, Mick Jagger, Prince – Who would you kiss, who would you marry and who would you kill?
HJ: Marry – Dave, Kiss – Mick Jagger and Kill – Prince.
CY: I’d have a massive orgy with all of them then kill myself.
DS: Marry Dave Grohl, kiss Prince, kill Mick Jagger.
From another BotD, Vanity: If you could go back in time and tell your younger self one thing, what would it be?
HJ: Your sadness is going to write some great music, and make you stronger as a person. Don’t let life defeat you.
CY: Don’t drink before gigging – never ends well.
DS: Have a better diet.
And from Charly&Faust: What’s your underwear colour?
HJ: Black and lace of course. It goes with everything.
CY: What’s underwear?
DS: Bright pink, seriously.