The Fall of Troy
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|The Fall of Troy|
Fall of Troy in 2007
|Origin||Mukilteo, Washington, U.S.|
|Genres||Mathcore, math rock, progressive rock, post-hardcore|
|Years active||2002–2010, 2013–present|
|Labels||Equal Vision, Lujo|
|Associated acts||The Hills Have Eyes, The Tribune, The 30 Years War, ...Of Stalwart Fads, The Monday Mornings, Just Like Vinyl, Chineke, Chiodos, Kurt Travis, CHON|
|Past members||Frank Ene|
The Fall of Troy is an American post-hardcore band from Mukilteo, Washington. The band is a trio consisting of Thomas Erak (guitars, vocals, keyboards), Andrew Forsman (drums, percussion) and Tim Ward (bass, screamed vocals) who was later replaced by Frank Ene following his departure from the band in late 2007. Ene would remain in the band until their initial break-up in 2010, but Ward rejoined the band in Ene's place for their reunion in 2013.
The trio is known for their technical, intricate style, unorthodox song structures and energetic stage presence. Erak's alternating guitar riffs and rhythmic chord work, paired with unconventional time signatures set the band apart from other post-hardcore bands during their career. They were also known for interchanging clean vocals and harsh screams, which was often split between Erak and Ward, respectively. Over the course of their career, the group released four full-length albums, one EP, and one single. Prior to The Fall of Troy's formation, when each member was about 17 years old, all three founding members were in another group named The 30 Years War, who released two EPs.
- 1 History
- 1.1 The 30 Years War (2002)
- 1.2 Self-titled debut album (2003–2004)
- 1.3 Doppelgänger and mainstream success (2005–2006)
- 1.4 Manipulator (2006–2007)
- 1.5 Phantom on the Horizon (2008)
- 1.6 In the Unlikely Event, break up and new bands (2009–2013)
- 1.7 Reunion shows and upcoming fifth studio album (2013–present)
- 2 Band members
- 3 Discography
- 4 Videography
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The 30 Years War (2002)
In his late freshman year at Kamiak High School, Erak provided vocals and guitar for the band The Tribune. The band recorded one EP but disbanded by mid-2002. Munro and Erak then started a four-piece hardcore band under the name The 30 Years War. The band was rounded out with drummer Andrew Forsman. The group had originally intended to have a much more mellow sound than the sound that developed. Erak stayed on guitar and vocals, Munro moved to second guitar, and bass and drums were filled by Tim Ward and Forsman respectively. During the life of The 30 Years War, two EPs were independently released, entitled Martyrs Among the Casualties and Live at the Paradox.
Just as The 30 Years War were about to go into the studio to record again, Munro quit, stating that school commitments rendered him unable to continue playing with the band. After Munro left, the band changed its name to "The Fall of Troy" using the same method with which they had chosen their previous name: "opening a history textbook and pointing at a random location until [they] found a selection they liked".
Self-titled debut album (2003–2004)
In May 2003 the trio entered The Hall of Justice in Seattle, Washington with producer Joel M. Brown to record their first full length. They were all about 17 and a half years of age, and the album was recorded in one take over their spring break in one week. The album was released on November 4, 2003 (see 2003 in music) on Lujo Records, and reissued on August 22, 2006 (see 2006 in music) by Equal Vision Records.
The trio also recorded their independently released Ghostship EP shortly after the release of the self-titled, in 2004. Early versions of the demos included keyboards by Jesse Erickson of Mukilteo, WA and had no vocals. The demos on the Ghostship EP; Part I, II, IV, and V, showcase the Phantom on the Horizon concept album, while "Macaulay McCulkin" is on 2005's Doppelgänger.
Doppelgänger and mainstream success (2005–2006)
The band was invited to submit a new demo for Equal Vision, which saw the band hooking up with Ghostship producers Gordon Edward Greenwood III and Dustin Kochel once again. The resulting two tracks were "Tom Waits" and "Laces Out, Dan". Equal Vision used these tracks as promos for the yet to be recorded album.
In March 2005, the band entered the studio to record their second album, titled Doppelgänger. It was released on August 16, 2005 in Compact Disc and vinyl format, which also had alternate artwork. The trio started touring extensively from the release of Doppelgänger through the first quarter of 2006.
"F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X." was released as the only single from the album, and has led to some recent mainstream success. The music video was released June 6, 2006 and received massive airplay on MTV and FUSE. The song was featured in Saints Row for Xbox 360 and in MLB 2K6 for Xbox, PlayStation 2, GameCube, PSP and Xbox 360. The song is also featured in Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock.
In mid-December 2006, the band entered the studio with producer Matt Bayles (Minus the Bear, Botch, Pearl Jam, Mastodon) to begin work on their third full-length album Manipulator. The album achieved 4 out of 5 K's in Kerrang! magazine and 7 out of 10 from Metal Hammer magazine.
The album features Nouela Johnston of the Seattle band People Eating People contributing vocal and keyboard parts to many songs. The album includes the previously written, "Seattlantis," and mostly all new material, including songs such as, "Problem!?," "Cut Down All the Trees and Name the Streets After Them," and a song with the palindromic title, "A Man. A Plan. A Canal. Panama." Before its release date the band stated that the first single from Manipulator would be "Cut Down All the Trees and Name the Streets After Them," which was also the first song released to the public on the band's MySpace. The music video for this song was released August 8, 2007, also on the band's MySpace.
To support Manipulator, the band went on tour with and opened for Deftones in the summer of 2007. Footage of this tour was used for the single, "Ex-Creations," which was released later on January 16, 2008 on MySpace as well.
In late November 2007, during their tour with Coheed and Cambria, Timothy took a break from the band. It was later confirmed by the band that he had left the band due to stress. He was replaced by Frank Ene of the band "...Of Stalwart Fads".
Phantom on the Horizon (2008)
On November 28, 2008, Phantom on the Horizon was released. The EP features all five Ghostship parts, with interludes. Erak has described the album as "one song separated by tracks." The album was played in its entirety on their West Coast and East Coast tours, followed by some "deep cuts" from the group's catalogue each night of the tour. Only 3,000 copies have been pressed (despite the misprint reverse side of the Phantom on the Horizon CD casing numbering the CD's out of a total of 3,300) and were sold online and at shows. After the 1500 physical copies held aside for online ordering sold out on December 1, an MP3 version of the album became available online retailers such as iTunes. A vinyl edition followed in 2009, with 1,000 clear copies sold through Hot Topic stores and 1,000 orange copies sold directly from the band's website.
In the Unlikely Event, break up and new bands (2009–2013)
On February 26, 2009, The Fall of Troy confirmed on their website and their MySpace profile that they were entering the studio that week with producer Terry Date to record the follow-up to Manipulator, which will include "a dozen or so songs" and should be in stores this summer. It was revealed on April 30, 2009 that Rody Walker, lead vocalist for the progressive metal band, Protest The Hero, would make a guest appearance on the record. In the Unlikely Event, their fourth studio album, was released on October 6, 2009.
On February 26, 2010, The Fall of Troy announced that they would disband after completing a spring US tour.
The trio did one of their final interviews with Mario Trevizo of Lexington Music Press.
Following Fall of Troy's breakup, Thomas Erak went on to form Just Like Vinyl. In January 2013, it was announced that Erak joined the post-hardcore band Chiodos. Andrew Forsman replaced Erak as drummer of the local band The Monday Mornings in 2010. Tim Ward relocated to Idaho following his removal from The Fall of Troy and has been recording and releasing demos online under the monikers Messed Up Coyote, Cool Timmy, Trash Kids, Dorothey Valens, and Stranger Danger. Frank Ene formed the band Chineke in 2010 as lead guitarist and vocalist, who are currently working on releasing a full-length album. On February 21, 2011, Thomas announced the releasing of a live video named The Fall of Troy: Live at the Glasshouse. It was filmed in Pomona, CA, on October 12, 2009.
In August 2011, Enjoy The Ride Records reissued The Fall Of Troy's Doppelganger on vinyl. Only 1,500 copies were pressed, 1,000 of these featuring a black and red split coloring and sold at Hot Topic. The other 500 feature a black and red split with added "bone splatter" coloring and were sold online. In November 2011, Enjoy The Ride Records reissued 2007's Manipulator on vinyl as a douple LP. Only 1,000 copies were pressed with 500 featuring a blue, pink, and orange split on LP1 and a black, white, and grey split on LP2 exclusive to Enjoy The Ride Records' website. The other 500 were once again sold at Hot Topic featuring the same colors in a spiral swirl.
Reunion shows and upcoming fifth studio album (2013–present)
The original lineup of The Fall of Troy reunited for three nights in December 2013 in Austin, Texas. Each night, the band performed one of their first three albums (The Fall of Troy, Doppelgänger and Manipulator) in their entirety. During the VIP reunion show, the band announced they would continue making music in 2014 by releasing a free album.
On January 20, 2014, The Fall of Troy posted a video on their Facebook page. In the description of the video, the band stated the following:
"We are nothing without you, and that is why we are going to do things differently this time around. We're going to go directly to you guys, no more middle men, all DIY.
We're booking our own shows, where you want to see us. We are recording our own music, and we doing it all for you, and for free. Consider yourself our label, consider yourself our booking agent. We play where you want us to play, and we make music for you."
Feb. 22 2014 the group played The Showbox at the Market in Seattle and during the two hour set Thomas Erak confirmed work on a new album.
On December 9, 2014, Thomas Erak announced that he had left Chiodos to focus on The Fall of Troy's upcoming album.
On January 30, 2015, the band celebrated the 10th anniversary of their Equal Vision debut Doppelganger by playing the album front to back at El Corazon in Seattle. Followed by a complete second set, during which Thomas explained that this would be their last show of 2015 and that they were going away to record their new album.
On March 26, 2015, it was announced that The Fall of Troy would appear be playing Doppelganger in full at the Hevy Fest festival on 14 August 2015, followed by an appearance at Arctangent festival on 21 August 2015, and a string of further UK tour dates. On April 10, 2015, the band surprised their fans by performing as The 30 Years War in their local city of Seattle, playing their entire 2002 EP, Martyrs Among The Casualties, minus Mike Munroe on rhythm guitar.
|Year||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|2003||The Fall of Troy
|2009||In the Unlikely Event
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|
|2008||Phantom on the Horizon
- "Tom Waits (Demo Version)" (Equal Vision, March 11, 2005)
- "Whacko Jacko Steals the Elephant Man's Bones" (Equal Vision, October 21, 2005)
- "F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X." (Equal Vision, May 26, 2006)
- "Cut Down All the Trees and Name the Streets After Them" (Equal Vision, August 8, 2007)
- "Ex-Creations" (Equal Vision, January 16, 2008)
- "The Fall Of Troy: Live At The Glasshouse" (Equal Vision, February 21, 2011)
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