Falling in Reverse
|Falling in Reverse|
Falling in Reverse performing at Tampa Radio Festival Tampa, Florida in 2012.
|Origin||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Genres||Post-hardcore, metalcore, crunkcore, hard rock, glam metal, pop punk|
|Associated acts||Escape the Fate, LoveHateHero, The Bigger Lights, Cellador, I Am Ghost, A Smile from the Trenches, Omar Espinosa, MeMyselfAlive, We Strike At Dawn, The Company, Rob the Cartel, Deuce, Starstruck for Stereo, The Black And White City, Opium Alibi, NEFU, NOISE|
|Past members||Nason Schoeffler
Falling in Reverse is an American post-hardcore band formed in 2006, signed to Epitaph Records. The band is led by lead singer Ronnie Radke, along with guitarist Jacky Vincent, drummer Ryan Seaman, rhythm guitarist Derek Jones, and bassist Ron Ficarro.
They released their debut album, The Drug in Me Is You, on July 26, 2011, which peaked at number 19 on the Billboard 200, selling 18,000 copies in its first week of sales. "Raised by Wolves", "The Drug in Me Is You", "I'm Not a Vampire", and "Good Girls, Bad Guys" were all released as singles to promote the album. Their second studio album, Fashionably Late, was released on June 18, 2013, which peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200. "Alone", "Fashionably Late" and "Bad Girls Club" were released as singles to promote the album.
In 2006, lead singer Ronnie Radke was involved in an altercation in Las Vegas that resulted in the fatal shooting of 18 year-old Michael Cook. While Radke did not shoot Cook, he was indicted on battery charges. These charges, combined with Radke's past troubles with narcotics and rehab, led to a sentence of five years probation. He failed to report to his parole officer and was arrested in June 2008, where he was sentenced to two years in prison. At the time, Radke was the lead singer of post-hardcore band Escape the Fate, which had released its debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, in 2006. Following Radke's incarceration, Escape the Fate kicked him out of the band and replaced him with former Blessthefall singer Craig Mabbitt. Max Green, bassist of Escape the Fate, stated about Radke's law problems that, "First we couldn't tour out of the country, then out of the state." Radke was released on December 12, 2010.
Radke discussed his relationship with Escape the Fate members since his departure from the band, stating that they have tried to reconcile with Radke but he was uninterested in getting back on friendly terms with them after they kicked him out and misinformed their fans about Radke getting caught with heroin inside prison. Radke stated in an interview, "They make a whole album called This War Is Ours, and then they try to say, 'We didn’t name that album after you, dude.' Which in fact, they did. I could be wrong; they could be talking about the war on terrorism or something. I don’t know. But I just have a feeling that record name was about me. They talk a lot of shit. It is always about forgive and forget, but there’s some things that I would like to say. So I did. On the record." During his time in prison, Radke formed a new band called From Behind These Walls and officially began creating media with the band upon his release, later forced to change their name to Falling in Reverse due to copyright infringement. In 2009 with Radke still in prison he came to launch a demo of his band, due to contacts with several musicians he had. The demo contains four songs that were not put on the debut album The Drug in Me Is You. The original lineup consisted of Radke and bassist Nason Schoeffler, who helped find guitarist Jacky Vincent and rhythm guitarist Derek Jones. The band went through several drummers test, were Nick Rich who later was replaced by former LoveHateHero member Scott Gee, as official members, before finding former The Bigger Lights drummer Ryan Seaman. Schoeffler quit the band in April 2011 and was replaced by Mika Horiuchi, formerly of the band Cellador, who also later departed from the band after issues with Radke.
The Drug in Me Is You and record deal (2010–2012)
In January 2010, the band began recording for the first time. They announced on December 20 that they would go to Orlando, Florida to record a full-length debut album over a period of two months with a tentative release date of the first quarter of 2011. The band also confirmed that Radke's friend, Michael Baskette, who has worked on Blessthefall's album Witness and Radke on Escape the Fate's debut Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, would produce the album. It was soon confirmed that the band was signed with Epitaph Records, Radke's former label with Escape the Fate, and would be releasing their debut album in 2011. The album was soon titled The Drug in Me Is You and was slated for a July 26, 2011 release date, with pre-orders beginning on June 7. The eleven song tracklist was released soon after. With the help of Executive Producer Michael "Elvis" Baskette, mixing and tracking for the album concluded on April 2, 2011. The album spawned the singles "Raised by Wolves" and "The Drug in Me Is You". The band's first music video was released for "The Drug in Me Is You" on June 28, 2011, and was advertised by The New York Post the week before the album's release. The album was streamed in its entirety by the band on their official website on July 15. The Drug in Me Is You was released in the United States on July 26, 2011 to mostly mixed reviews, but managed to sell 18,000 copies in its first week in the US charting at number 19 on the Billboard 200. A third single, "I'm Not a Vampire", was released a few months after the album's release on October 24 with an accompanying music video featuring Jeffree Star which features a satirical Celebrity Rehab theme, and reached over one million views in three days.
The songs for the debut album were all written by Radke during his imprisonment. Lead vocalist Ronnie Radke has often called the album a breakup record, but with a band and not a girl. Radke said that, "I would think all day, for days and days, [about] what people would want to hear. I would dissect my old album and read all the fan letters and the reasons why they loved my band and why they listened to it. And I wrote about that, but in different ways. I don’t know why these kids love the tragedies that I write about. I guess they can relate to it."
To promote the album, the band announced the dates for their first live performances, which would take place at the end of July following their debut album's release at certain locations in California, with one date scheduled in Texas on September 24, 2011. These shows were planned to be with supporting act Vampires Everywhere. However, the July dates were postponed due to issues with guitarist Jacky Vincent's immigration visa, though the band voiced intentions to make these dates up. This meant that the band's first live performances would be at the Vans Warped Tour 2011 from August 10 to August 14 for five shows on the Kia Kevin Says Stage throughout the western United States. However, the band played a few secret shows under the name "Goodbye Graceful" on August eighth and ninth in Anaheim and Los Angeles.
Following the release of the album and some Warped Tour 2011 appearances, the band announced their first headlining tour across the United States, with locations beginning in New Mexico, looping around the east coast, and concluding in Colorado. The tour took place from September to October 2011 with support acts Eyes Set to Kill and For All Those Sleeping. The band's first supporting tour was to be a ten-show tour in November 2011 with headliners Black Veil Brides and supporting acts Aiden and Drive-A, but was canceled after Black Veil Brides dropped out when their lead vocalist Andy Biersack broke his nose. Emmure replaced Falling in Reverse on the second half of the Take A Picture, It Lasts Longer Tour with We Came As Romans and the band played an exclusive show at KROQ on November 8 to make up for the canceled shows.
The bands started out their first headlining tour, The Drug in Me Is You Tour, in February 2012 was with support from Skip the Foreplay and Oh, Sleeper. In January 2012, the band announced Mika Horiuchi's departure from the band, Falling In Reverse's frontman Ronnie Radke gave Altpress.com this exclusive statement regarding Horiuchi's departure from the band "Mika is not in the band and that’s it. Nothing more to say right now but stay tuned kids, 2012 is our year." In January 2012, former I Am Ghost bassist Ron Ficarro began filling in as Falling in Reverse's The Drug in Me Is You Tour touring bassist due to the departure of former bassist Mika Horiuchi. Later on Ronnie announced on stage that Ron Ficarro would be their permanent replacement for Mika. On February 6, 2012, Former Escape the Fate member, Omar Espinosa made a guest appearance on stage performing "Situations" and "Not good Enough for Truth or Cliche" (Although this could have been because Derek wasn't there). The band's third music video for their debut album's first single, "Raised by Wolves", was released on February 28, 2012.
In late August Falling in Reverse announced a Fall/Winter headlining tour called "The Thug in Me is You Tour" with supporting acts Enter Shikari, I See Stars, Matt Toka and letlive.
Fashionably Late and Bury the Hatchet tour (2012–present)
Vocalist Ronnie Radke has been hinting on Twitter that they are already working on the band's sophomore album, with tweets such as "You guys don't understand how many light years my next album is from the last one". He and bandmate Ron Ficarro have tweeted pictures of them in the studio with Ryan Ogren working on some new music. Ronnie had said a little bit about the new album to Marshal Music News. He said that, "The last record was so vengeful and bitter and spiteful - so everyone is wondering what I'm gonna sing about next. And I'm just not quite ready to let people know. I'm sorry. When people hear the new stuff though I promise you they will lose their mind. It's light years ahead of my last album. We're demoing new songs right now, as we speak, and I'm telling you, people are seriously gonna lose their mind." During their performance at Dirt Fest 2012 in Birch Run Michigan, Ronnie announced to the crowd that it would be their last show before returning to the studio to dedicate themselves full-time to the creation of the band's second album. Ronnie also said in an interview that they would be in the studio late 2012 with demos already and hoping for an early 2013 release. In issue number 1442 of Kerrang! Magazine, Ronnie Radke announced in an interview that "The record's finished! That's what we did after the Warped Tour. We just didn't tell anybody!" He also said "[it will be released] early next year [summer 2013]!"
On May 7 the band released the first single and music video, "Alone", from the sophomore album, titled, Fashionably Late. The cover, merchandise, and a June 18, 2013 release date was revealed on May 7 as well.
To promote the album, Falling in Reverse would be on tour from May to July 2013, including the Vans Warped Tour 2013. On May 13 Falling In Reverse announced on Twitter the band had cancelled tour dates due to lead singer Radke was expecting the birth of his first child with his wife Crissy Henderson. Falling In Reverse officially stated on Facebook "Our apologies but Falling In Reverse has to cancel the rest of the dates scheduled in May. Ronnie will not be able to appear as his girlfriend is about to give birth to their first child and he needs to be by her side. Thanks for your understanding. See you soon." They also canceled the dates to play Warped Tour. The tour released the following statement regarding the band's decision "Falling In Reverse are withdrawing from performing on this summer's Warped Tour. Lead singer Ronnie Radke's fiancé is pregnant with their first child who is due shortly. Radke has made the decision that it's important to be home with his newborn this summer. The band offers sincere apologies to all of their fans who purchased tickets."
On May 21, the title track, "Fashionably Late" was released as the second single. Later, on May 30, the song, "Born to Lead" was streamed through YouTube. The entire album was uploaded to Epitaph Records' YouTube channel on June 12, allowing fans to listen to the album before the official release date.
Following the cancellation of dates for their tour and Warped Tour, Falling in Reverse celebrated the release of Fashionably Late with a special performance at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California, on June 18, 2013. The set of one hour was broadcast online and presented by Hot Topic.
On the 28th of October, 2013, Falling in Reverse, along with Ronnie's former band Escape the Fate, announced that they will be touring together, with Falling in Reverse headlining, on a new tour set for 2014. The band's posted a video through Alternative Press with Ronnie and Escape the Fate singer Craig Mabbit being interviewed about the tour, stating that they are now over the hatred between the two bands and wish to be friends, hence the tour. The tour will start on the 15th of January, 2014, and two bands Chelsea Grin and Survive This! will also be supporting them.
Musical style and lyrics
Falling in Reverse's style can be mainly considered post-hardcore with pop-stylized choruses. The band has also played and been considered pop punk, melodic hardcore, hard rock, hair metal, and screamo. They have also been described as a blend between pop and metalcore.
Radke commented that, "in the same songs it sounds like Norma Jean or Underoath with Katy Perry choruses." Lyrically, according to Radke, some of the band's have tones of being, "arrogant, [it’s something] like rappers do mostly." This is because Radke has cited Eminem as one of his major influences, so much so that he even included a beat made by Eminem and Dr. Dre during a breakdown on the track "Sink or Swim".
The lyrical content of the band's music is inspired mainly by vocalist Radke's personal experiences, which include his mother, the corruption of Las Vegas, and his incarceration/release from prison due to multiple run-ins with the law involving narcotics and battery charges related to the death of Michael Cook. No songs by the band to date concern love because Radke stated that, "...I'm not going to lie ... and try to write songs on how much I love somebody. I do have love, but there will be a lot of songs about just what I’ve been through." Several songs focused on his departure from Escape the Fate after they kicked him out and replaced him with former Blessthefall singer Craig Mabbitt, with songs by the band that directly attacked both Mabbitt and Escape the Fate's bassist Max Green.
- Studio albums
|2011||Falling in Reverse||Alternative Press: Band of the Year Award||Nominated|||
|2011||"I'm Not a Vampire"||Loudwire Magazine's Cagematch Hall of Fame Award||Won|||
|2011||"I'm Not a Vampire"||Revolver Magazine's The 10 Best Music Videos of 2011||Won|||
|2011||"The Drug in Me Is You"||Revolver Magazine's The 5 Best Songs of 2011||Won|||
|2012||Jacky Vincent||Alternative Press: Guitarist of the Year Award||Won|||
|2012||Ronnie Radke||Alternative Press: Vocalist of the Year Award||Nominated|||
|2012||"The Drug in Me Is You"||Kerrang! Awards 2012: Best Single||Nominated|||
|2012||Falling in Reverse||Kerrang! Awards 2012: Best International Newcomer||Won|||
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