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Falling Hollywood / Press

“If you like the Avett Brothers and the White Stripes, then you don’t know what you’ve been missing”

“You’d think from the name that Erie, Pennsylvania’s Falling Hollywood is trying to evoke the sleaze/glam metal of Sunset Strip in the ’80s, an era that many current bands seem to feel an unaccountable nostalgia for. Yet not one member of this band has long, dyed blonde hair. They cite influences like the White Stripes and the Avett Brothers, not Poison and Motley Crue. Their music is rife with acoustic guitars and vocal harmonies.”

“[An] infectious, punky brand of Rust Belt folk rock...”

“They’re one of Erie’s best original bands — a fresh, invigorating blend of rough-and-tumble Americana with hooks and harmonies and, lately, killer-riff tunes that recall bands such as the White Stripes and the Kills.”

"Heavy Weather" lives up to its title. First single "Gypsy Moth" and "Bottom of the Handle," in particular, feature crush-you, wall-of-guitar riffs that'd make Jack White jealous. Fans of, say, the White Stripes, Black Keys and the Kills will revel in their volcanic attack. Yet Falling Hollywood still excels at harmony-powered, melodic folk-rock and power-pop on insanely infectious songs such as "Mexican Wine" and "Blood Hits the Wall."

“That these guys have grown as a band is apparent to anyone who’s seen them play over the course of the last year or so; the uptick in gigs has certainly made an already-tight outfit even tighter”

“2013’s sophomore follow-up, Heavy Weather, proves they can do it again – and do it better, and heavier. The vocals – from even-tighter harmonies of guitarists Matt Flowers and Nick Taylor to stronger distinctions between the two when separated – draw listeners in to darker, more mature lyrics (“Blood Against The Wall” and “Breaking Bread”), while the fuller soundscape populated with thicker guitar work, Bill Frackowiak’s delightfully busy bass lines (“Mexican Wine”), and the churning engine of Brad Triana’s drumming (“Vicious Fishes”) result in a more refined Avett-Brothers-meet-Frank-Turner-and-drink-with-the-Black-Keys-and-Arctic-Monkeys rawk.”

“With smart and catchy lyrics, phenomenal instrumentals, and musical harmonies that are not only addictive, but are simply energized with excitement and rhythmic magic, Falling Hollywood consistently delivers a sound that redefines the genres and raises the standards of what Indie and Alternative Rock should be.”

“Falling Hollywood blends hard-core passion, tremendous talent, and an innovative style with diversity and intensity that creates an amazing sound that is the essence of music at its best.”

“You could call it folk rock, but if CSN is wine, Falling Hollywood is whiskey. You could call it pop punk, but if Green Day is menthol, Falling Hollywood is reds. You could call it cow punk, but if Jason and the Scorchers is bathtub gin, Falling Hollywood is PBR. You could call it rogue folk, but if the Pogues are a Guinness, Falling Hollywood is, well, still a PBR. Think Incubus, slightly amped from their acoustic configuration, or the Avett Brothers without the whine and cheese. Falling Hollywood is all of these, and none of these – their looks, their licks, and their lyrics all perfectly capture that awkward dirty bizarre absurdity of reality that many people refuse to reckon with; that’s why, for Falling Hollywood, the table is set – for success.”

“The result is a stunning 14-song album that’s generated rave reviews. The beautiful and sophisticated interplay between the lonesome yet comforting, polished yet raw vocals of Nick and Matt demonstrate a subtle mastery of an oft-overlooked craft; if Falling Hollywood’s vocals were brown party liquor, they wouldn’t be Wild Turkey 101, but they wouldn’t be American honey, either.”

“Acoustic doesn't mean mellow. They play with a rhythmic, coiled intensity and like to harmonize. The result is like Everclear meets Mumford & Sons: music that's urgent and heartfelt on songs like 'I Got News' and hopeful, sing-a-long 'Mr. Time.'”

“Honest, gut-level, folk-powered acoustic songs... make [Falling Hollywood] one of Erie's most promising original bands.”

"These young men bring an intensity to the stage that is hard to match and play and sing with such tightness you're guaranteed to smile..."

“The best way I could describe it is crisp; every stroke of the guitar, every pound of the drum... Each song had a different vibe and there wasn't anything cliché about the music.”