Rising from Brooklyn’s infamous indie rock nerve The Falling Birds play stripped down rock and roll the way it was meant to be played. With their electrifying stage presence and dynamic set they are a welcomed breath of fresh air. The band’s purist approach recalls rock’s golden era; before computers became as commonplace as guitar, bass and snare. The Falling Birds follow a simple concept: write songs with foundations in blues and folk, then throttle them with punk rock snarl. The combination is sound that is all their own, a modern blend of post punk americana that defies easy categorization. The Falling Birds are one half careful musicianship and the other wild indifference.
In 2015 The Falling Birds were Myspace Music’s Artist of the Day, they were ranked as one of CMJ 2015‘s top 10 trios not to miss by Glamglare Magazine, they’ve been featured by Daily Motion, Examiner.com, The Vinyl District, The Aquarian, Pure Grain Audio and they’ve received independent radio play from stations like WEQX 102.7 FM, Radio Free Brooklyn, BBOX Radio, CHUO 89.1 FM and WXRY 99.3 FM. In 2015 the band also independently toured the U.K. and Canada with stops along the way for live radio performances and interviews on the release of their EP ’Til We All Fall Down that same year. 2016 brought about the bands first official video release for My Girl and two appearances in Austin, TX, during the SXSW festival.
Principal song writer Stephen Artemis wrote his first song at thirteen years old while growing up in Albany, New York. Having never taken a guitar lesson or learning to read music, Stephen relied on his ear and taught himself guitar by spending hours tinkering along with his favorite records. As an untrained musician he preferred writing his own material to learning other artists’ songs. Stephen started his first garage band at fourteen and was immediately addicted. He played in various garage, punk and blues bands throughout high school and college. Music had always been an important part of Stephen’s life but at age sixteen a tipping point came when his best friend committed suicide. After that writing music was no longer just a hobby for him, it became a part of his identity and his ability to cope with his surroundings.
Stephen eventually moved from Albany to Brooklyn in order to pursue his love for music. As a stranger in a new city and without a band to play with, Stephen grabbed his harmonica, his acoustic guitar and gigged in New York’s parks and subway stations earning him some hard-way performance experience and a little bit of pocket change. He would later graduate into the fringe of a thriving folk scene in New York’s East Village. As a solo acoustic act he began to combine his interests in blues, folk and punk rock which would soon lay the foundation for The Falling Birds.
By 2011 Stephen was gigging with various musicians as a 3 piece project that he called The Falling Birds. The core of the group was solidified later that year when he met bandmate Dave Alan (drums) who had recently migrated north from Miami in pursuit of his passion for music. Dave’s thunderous southern style and drum-line experience laid the perfect foundation for Stephen’s driving riffs and The Falling Birds took shape. The group recorded their first EP “Native America” in a friend's basement studio and followed it up with their second EP “’Til We All Fall Down” which they recorded in their rehearsal studio giving it a raw DIY credibility that is second to none.