Falling From Airplanes is a punk/pop alternative band hailing from Southern Ontario. With 3 Supernova gigs under their belt, the band is no stranger to the big stage having just played the historic Red Dog Tavern for the Band on the Run to the UK.
With each performance this relatively young band is gaining fans and working establish to themselves locally. Falling From Airplanes has also have set some serious goals for 2011, including the composition of twelve new original tracks; so there's lots to look forward to from this aspiring foursome.
Next playing April 8th at Fleming College, Falling From Airplanes is busy raising money for the 30 hour famine before another gig on April 28th. With their original track Burning Out is also in rotation on Bellville's 91FX, we grabbed a quick interview with the band after their recent Supernova performance to get to know them a little better.
Ian “Peein” Chapman: guitarist and vocalist; plays both lead and rhythm guitar.
Logan “Loggie Bear” Charland: drummer
Kris “Waldo” Dickson: bassist
Ryan “Officer” Stacey: guitarist and vocalist; plays both lead and rhythm guitar.
So guys, how does each individual fit into the band?
Chapman has a deeper octave thus sings the lower and softer parts of the songs. Chapman’s playing style resembles that of Frank lero from My Chemical Romance, and John Nolan from Taking Back Sunday.
Charland is the comedic relief who kills every dull moment. He is a left-handed drummer that plays with a right-handed set up. Charland’s playing style resembles that of Travis Barker from Blink 182, Neil Peart from Rush and Keith Moon from The Who.
Dickson is the fashion statement sporting something new every show. From tutu to lion tuques, this guy will wear it all. Dickson’s playing style resembles that of Robbie Merrill from Godsmack and is inspired by John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin and Mic Todd from Coheed and Cambria.
Stacey has an octave that is used for higher, more powerful parts of songs and also compliments Chapman’s lower octave vocal style. His playing style resembles that of Tom Delonge from Blink 182 and Deryck Whibley from Sum 41.
What got you where you stand as a band today?
Chapman and Stacey were formally in a band called For Evan and Ever. This band lasted 5 months but the duo had trouble finding committed members, and decided to put an ad on Kijiji. In October, Dickson replied to the ad and made it past the try outs. A friend of Chapman’s introduced Charland to the band late in October. In early November, the trio drove out to Orono and jammed in Charland’s basement and the band was formed.
Today, we don’t actually stand as a band. We sit down. And as we sit, we all agree that our shared dedication and motivation is what got us to this point. We are fueled by our love and passion for music.
If you had to compare yourselves to another artist, who would it be?
If you like Taking Back Sunday, Blink 182 and Sum 41 you will like us.
Is there such a thing as 'bad' music? If so, how do you define it?
Bad music is any music that was made for the sole purpose of making money. You have to love the music to play it. Feel the music and express it. We want our fans to relate and love our music just as much if not more than we do.
Was there any particular moment or event that made you realize you wanted to pursue music full time?
After playing only a few shows, we have noticed that after each one we have been offered some kind of promotion. We have been offered radio time, headlining opportunities, free recording and other shows. We got together and realized that we could be on to something and are now taking a much serious approach. With the help of our manager Marissa Bouwmeester, we have designed and created our own t-shirts and cds to sell and help advertise.
What is the biggest challenge facing 'new' artists, in your opinion?
The biggest challenge as a new artist is getting our name out there. We can say our name all we want but unless people hear us and like us, they will not come to our shows. We try to stand out, getting the crowd involved at our shows, giving free stuff away, and also giving credit to those who have given us opportunities to play. We befriend a lot of bands and work together because it is just as hard for them starting out as it is for us.
How did your band find Supernova.com? What would you tell other bands about it?
Chapman and Stacey have played with Supernova in previous bands over the years. When the band formed and was in need of a debut show, Stacey brought up the idea of contacting Supernova. Falling From Airplanes was quickly scheduled to play their first show at the Red Dog in Peterborough, Ontario on November 28th 2010.
Supernova is good for guaranteed shows and fast publicity. They are very accommodating and supply most of the gear making “plug and play” shows possible. We recommend Supernova to any band out there.
What would be your band's 'motto' or 'recipe' for putting on a good show?
Do what you love and love what you do. We always have fun playing shows and we strive to put on a better show then our last.
Where is your favourite place to practice or play?
Our favourite place to practice would be the only place we practice, Charland’s basement. Our favourite place to date would be the Historic Red Dog Tavern in Peterborough, Ontario.
What are your goals for 2011 as a band?
We want to play as many shows as possible and making more money to fund more merchandise to get our name out there. We are pushing for 10 originals and aiming to perfect them. We could just keep writing, but we want our songs to stand out, to be memorable and sung back. We plan to record more songs but we also want to get sponsored and signed by an independent or major label.
Is there anything else that makes your band unique that new listeners should know?
Contrary to popular belief, Charland does not use a double bass pedal. He has a really fast foot. Chapman and Stacey trade off each other continuously, switching from lead to rhythm in almost every song, giving dynamic and actual left and right panning live on stage.
That is actually pretty cool!
[Also] Dickson is great at impromptu playing. He knows what to play but is so creative that you can count on him playing something different every time.
As for show rituals, Charland will watch all the original trilogy of Star Wars before every show. Stacey will chew on his pick for several hours and will not take it out of his mouth until the first note is ready to be hit on stage. Dickson practices his bass isometrics, and Chapman will wear headphones and sing his heart out anywhere he can. Falling From Airplanes’ mascot is a 2 foot tall head banging stuffed lion with a No Fear Toque, sporting a FFA t-shirt designed specifically for him. His name is Haywood.
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