Female-led five-piece rockers Falling Through April are today’s Band of the Day. They’ve just launched a very emotive video for one of their new songs. Read and watch!
Mikaela: Sacramento, California
Jim: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Dan: Baltimore, Maryland
Dave: Charlotte, North Carolina
Taylor: West Memphis, Arkansas
How did you meet?
Mikaela: I found these guys on Craigslist.
Jim: We met in a rehearsal facility in the NODA area of Charlotte, NC. We played in different bands and eventually decided to work with each other.
How long have you been playing as a band?
Dan: Jim, Dave, Taylor, and I have been playing together since late 2011. We partnered up with Mikaela in August 2016 at the direction of our producer and friend, Jon King.
Before you get sick of being asked… where does the band name come from?
Jim: In the early development phase of creating the band, we faced many challenges. Things came to a head during the month of April. We persevered and adopted the name, Falling Through April.
What are your influences?
Mikaela: Well my whole family was musical. Grew up on musicals and had a karaoke machine in the house. But professional influences started with Led Zeppelin and Aerosmith. The I focused on the females that rocked the scene and was inspired by Gwen Stefani’s style and attitude along with Alanis Morissette’s stories in her songs. I started writing my own music with my acoustic at 14 and have never stopped since.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Mikaela: No two songs sound the same. We swing on a wide pendulum of genres. The root is always rock but one song could be pretty poppy when the next is heavier. The mood usually fits the topic of the song.
Do you have any particular lyrical themes?
Mikaela: Just stories of past experiences, love/hate letters, messages to empower those listening. I don’t like writing meaningless, cliché songs so I usually try to find a catchy way to sing about something important to me. Music is soul food in my life so whatever I’m singing has got to be more than just words. It’s my escape and I hope it can be just as therapeutic for others as it is for me.
What’s your live show like? How many shows have you played?
Mikaela: Our shows are so energetic! Definitely gotta do some stretches before hitting the stage because we go hard up there. Good energy is contagious and we want the audience to have that same amazing feeling. I’d say over a hundred shows at least since joining FTA.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
Jim: One time at a show in Canada, I signed my name on the bare bottoms of two guys, while a wildly excited woman flashed us through the nearest window.
What kit do you use / guitars do you play / etc.?
Mikaela: Sennheiser beta 58. It’s perfect with my voice in a rock band.
Jim: For live performance, I tend to use Fender Stratocasters and Gibson Les Pauls through a Fractal AX8.
Dan: In the studio I use a whole variety of guitars for different sounds/tones. Telecasters, Les Pauls, Baritones, PRS, Reverend, Matchless, Div by 13, Bogner, Friedman, Vox. You name it I’ve probably used it in the studio. Live I prefer my PRS Custom 24 or my Reverend Warhawk RT through a Fractal AX8
What, if anything, are you plugging/promoting at the moment?
Mikaela: Our new music video for “Recover//Relapse”! It’s an emotional video to a heavy song but it’s powerful. You can catch the song on Spotify and video on YouTube [scroll down! – Mosh].
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
Mikaela: Our music fam in A Light Divided would be killer to start the show off with and I’d love if it we were Tonight Alive’s main support. Let’s make this dream a reality!