We Are the Fallen

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We Are the Fallen
WAtF Irving Plaza.jpg
We Are the Fallen performing at Irving Plaza in New York City in 2010. Left to Right: John LeCompt, Marty O'Brien, Rocky Gray, Carly Smithson, and Ben Moody
Background information
Origin Los Angeles
Genres Gothic metal[1][2]
Years active 2009 (2009)–present
Labels Universal Republic (2009–11)
Associated acts Evanescence
Website www.wearethefallen.com
Members Rocky Gray
John LeCompt
Ben Moody
Marty O'Brien
Carly Smithson

We Are the Fallen is an American gothic metal band consisting of former American Idol contestant Carly Smithson, Marty O'Brien and former Evanescence members Ben Moody, John LeCompt, and Rocky Gray. The band's name is an allusion to Evanescence's 2003 album, Fallen, which has resulted in criticism for their similar style to Evanescence.[3][4] In a Los Angeles Times interview, co-founder of Evanescence, Ben Moody, said that We Are the Fallen differs from Evanescence in that "everyone is equal" and that it has "more energy than Evanescence could ever muster."[5] He also stated, "We cannot try to be who we are. If there is some similarity in sound, it's because that genre was created by us."[6]

History[edit]

Formation[edit]

We Are the Fallen began forming when Moody had discussions with Evanescence band members Gray and LeCompt about the band moving in a different direction than originally planned. Moody felt something had to change in order to preserve their style of music and left due to "creative differences" with Amy Lee, the band's co-founder and frontwoman. Years later when Gray and LeCompt also left the band, Moody reached out to them in attempts to continue where they had left off in 2003 with Fallen, recruiting O'Brien in the process. The band held auditions looking for a lead singer in New York City and Moody feared that the search for the band's "soulmate" was going to take a long time due to the exhaustive process. Moody's roommate showed him videos online of Smithson performing her rendition of Evanescence's "Bring Me to Life" which was coincidentally the song all singers used to audition for Moody and the band. Ben was then introduced to Smithson who was developing a solo album after the tour with American Idol.

Moody and Smithson then discussed what they wanted to do musically and they discovered their needs were "identical". Smithson felt that Idol was for a family audience which wasn't "creatively and musically the best" for her at that time. She also stated that trying to make a solo album was lonely and "now there’s four other people who bring all sorts of different things to the table and musically it's like everything I was trying to do ... heavy rock with great melodies."[5] "Everything that I was told about Carly was right. She had a great voice, but she also has an incredibly strong presence, the kind of presence that is big enough to handle what it is this band does, both musically and visually. Because of that, she was perfect", Ben Moody said later.[7]

We Are the Fallen officially debuted on June 22, 2009 with the launch of their official website. Fans could register their email address at the website to receive a free download of their first single, "Bury Me Alive". Only the first 100,000 registrants qualified for the download.[8] The response to the free download overwhelmed their database and the song was made available via a free stream on their MySpace page while they worked to send the emails to those who qualified.[9]

The band had to confront inevitable comparisons with Evanescence. "I really do think that the farther we go, the more distinct the two [bands] will become from each other... We're so different that I really don't see it being that much of an issue", Ben Moody told Kerrang! magazine in April 2010.[7]

Universal Republic records[edit]

The band originally planned to release two songs for free over the internet every two months and afterward compiling them onto a record with orchestral interludes.[5] They planned to tour theaters across the U.S. rather than clubs or arenas to focus on "performance elements that go beyond music."[3][10]

These plans changed when it was announced that We Are the Fallen signed a record deal with Universal Republic Records on October 28, 2009 for release of a full length debut album.[11] The band then released a remastered version of their original single, "Bury Me Alive", on February 2, 2010, to include an orchestral outro extending the song by a full minute. The song was available for purchase exclusively online at digital media outlets. On the same day, the band set up an additional free download for an acoustic version of "Bury Me Alive" at their website.[12] The video for the song premiered on March 25, 2010 on AOL's Noisecreep website.[13] The song's popularity grew; The Vampire Diaries used the song in previews for the television show's season finale.[14] "Bury Me Alive" was also featured on "Rumor Has It," an episode of the television show The Hills.[15]

We Are the Fallen performed a 28-city concert tour in the U.S. with the Finnish rock band HIM finishing in New York on May 9, 2010.[16] Their debut concert was held at King's College in London, England in front of a 200-person crowd on March 23, 2010.[17][18] Following their tour with HIM, the band headlined their own 14-city concert tour in the U.S. and Europe.[19] The band also appeared at the Download Festival at Donnington in 2010. We Are the Fallen performed at the "Cirque Des Damnés" show at the Avalon Theater in Hollywood, California on January 22, 2011.[20] A DVD and live album from that show was slated for release later in the year.

The band's debut album, Tear the World Down, was released on May 10, 2010 in the UK[21] and May 11, 2010 in the U.S. where it debuted and peaked at number 33 on the Billboard 200.[22][23]

Ben Moody revealed in a Facebook posting that the band was dropped by Universal Republic on May 27, 2011.[24]

Post-Universal Republic Records[edit]

The band released in January 2012 a digital version of the "Cirque Des Damnés" concert performed the previous year. They also plan on releasing two EPs, one with all new music written by the band, and one with cover songs of '80s rock songs.

On May 20, 2012, guitarist Ben Moody uploaded a video onto his YouTube account. The video consisted of Ben Moody and lead singer Carly Smithson explaining the future plans for the band. Ben stated that he has written enough material for one and a half new albums. He also said that guitarist John LeCompt and drummer Rocky Gray have also been writing music. Carly said that she has written a "killer hit" that she has yet to preview to the rest of the band.[25]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums by year
Year Album details Peak positions
US US Digital US Rock US Alt. Rock US Hd. Rock
2010 Tear the World Down 33[23] 17[26] 12[27] 7[28] 6[29]
Singles by year
Year Title U.S. Main. Album
2010 "Bury Me Alive" 31 Tear the World Down
"Tear the World Down"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burkart, Gregory. "We Are The Fallen Debut 'Bury Me Alive' Video". www.fearnet.com. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  2. ^ Sasic, Natalija. "King’s College London Student Union 23/03/10 (Debut Concert Review)". The Yorker. Retrieved March 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Mansfield, Brian (June 18, 2009). "'Idol' belter Carly Smithson's new band falls into place". USA Today. Retrieved June 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Carly Smithson goes from 'Idol' to new band". CNN. June 25, 2009. Retrieved June 29, 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c "Q and A's with Carly Smithson and new bandmate Ben Moody". Los Angeles Times. June 18, 2009. Retrieved June 19, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Dish of Salt: Carly Smithson Talks Joining We Are the Fallen". Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b Winwood, Ian. Kerrang! No. 1306, April 3, 2010. We Are The Fallen. Are they the new Evanescence? p.45
  8. ^ "Ex-Evanescence Band We Are the Fallen Debuts". BUZZMEDIA. June 22, 2009. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  9. ^ "We Are The Fallen 'Tear The World Down' album". Musicremedy. Retrieved March 21, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Carly Smithson to join forces with ex-Evanescence musicians to become the Fallen". Los Angeles Times. June 18, 2009. Retrieved June 18, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Universal Republic Records Signs New Rock Band We Are the Fallen". Reuters. October 28, 2009. Retrieved October 28, 2009. 
  12. ^ "Evanescence Offshoot We Are the Fallen Release First Song, Offer Free Acoustic Download". Iconoclast Entertainment Group. February 2, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  13. ^ Crawford, Allyson B. (March 25, 2010). "We Are the Fallen 'Bury Me Alive' Premiere". Noisecreep. Retrieved March 25, 2010. 
  14. ^ "We Are The Fallen succeeds with strong debut album". Spokesman. June 23, 2010. Retrieved July 14, 2010. 
  15. ^ "The Hills " Ep. 602". MTV. Retrieved July 16, 2010. 
  16. ^ "We Are the Fallen Readies First Single and Tour". Metal Underground.com. January 28, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Debut UK gig for We Are the Fallen next month!". Altsounds Ltd. February 2, 2010. Retrieved February 7, 2010. 
  18. ^ Duerden, Nick (March 24, 2010). "Evanescence Offshoot Debuts New Songs Live". Spin. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  19. ^ Michaels, Mitch (May 3, 2010). "Ex-Evanescence Band We Are The Fallen Announces Tour Dates". 411mania.com. Retrieved May 3, 2010. 
  20. ^ "Video Footage Of Special Hollywood 'Cirque Des Damnés' Performance". blabbermouth.net. January 24, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2011. 
  21. ^ "We Are The Fallen get set for debut album". Kerrang!. March 2, 2010. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  22. ^ "We Are the Fallen's Debut Album 'Tear the World Down' In-Stores on May 11th". Marketwire. March 1, 2010. Retrieved March 1, 2010. 
  23. ^ a b "Billboard 200 - Week of May 29, 2010". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  24. ^ "NEWS! - A message from Ben Moody....". We Are The Fallen (OFFICIAL). May 27, 2011. Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
  25. ^ "Skype with Carly Smithson Clip 1". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-06-18. 
  26. ^ "We Are the Fallen Album & Song Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  27. ^ "Billboard Rock Albums - Week of May 29, 2010". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  28. ^ "Billboard Alternative Albums - Week of May 29, 2010". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  29. ^ "Billboard Hard Rock Albums - Week of May 29, 2010". Billboard.com. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 

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