Members many come and go over time, but For The Fallen Dreams continues to prosper in a big and glorious way. Nearing their tenth year of existence, the Lansing, MI based collective has recently unleashed their fourth magnum opus of hard-hitting tunes. Wasted Youth shows a band at the very height of their creativity, willing to push the boundaries of their music while retaining the sheer intensity they have become so well known for. Here is an interview we conducted with founding member Jim Hocking right after the completion of the All Stars Tour to find out more about the a decade of For The Fallen Dreams.
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in For The Fallen Dreams, and how long the band has been together.
Jim Hocking (Guitar). We’ve been doing this since 2003, so we are coming up on 10 years as a band!
How has the All Stars Tour been going so far and what have been some of the highlights?
All Stars was a fantastic tour. Probably the biggest summer tour we have done so far as a band. As for highlights, obviously certain cities are always a pleasure to go to on a tour. The thing about this tour was that there were several dates in which we played cities that we don’t hit all too often that still were a great time. Reno would be one in particular.
What could one expect from a live For The Fallen Dreams show?
I’d hope everyone can expect a good time.
Is there any story or concept behind the Wasted Youth title?
It’s about learning from your past experiences and taking that information in and building towards something better. Negative experiences, or experiences in general, aren’t just a loss. There is always something to be learned. Though it may feel as if your youth was wasted due to a specific set of circumstances, it ultimately comes down to you and how you chose to let them effect you.
What has the fan reaction been to Wasted Youth so far?
It’s been positive in some areas and not in others. Certain songs react well, while others do not. That kind of goes with the territory. Typically, not every song is a hit on any album in this genre. Fortunately, at this point we have a lot of material and our set is usually filled with tracks that keep the crowd moving throughout our time on stage.
Who did the cover art for Wasted Youth and how much input did you have on it?
Dylan Richter (vocals) did the cover art.
Do you still keep in touch with Andrew Tkaczyk and would you ever want to do a tour with The Ghost Inside?
Yes to both. We are happy to have had the time we did share with Andrew and we wish him the best in his new endeavors.
There are quite a few ex-members of For The Fallen Dreams wandering around. Is this current lineup pretty stable and how discouraging has it been to have so many members come and go over time?
Some things are better left for Lambgoat to announce. In all, yes it can be discouraging to have members come and go regularly. It can also be concerning that revolving band members is somewhat the norm in our scene. I think those that have heart for what they are doing and the music they are playing will always stick around.
Any strange or unusual road stories you could share from this or any of your other tours?
We are For the Fallen Dreams… every day is unusual.
When you look back on your earlier albums, what do you think of them now?
We are proud of them and we have no reason not to be in my opinion. The fact that we are going on our tenth year in business and still doing it is something to be proud of. We would not have gotten all too far without those earlier releases and that’s something that should not be discounted.
What’s up next for you after the All Stars Tour?
We are heading to Europe and the UK on the Impericon Never Say Die! Tour with We Came As Romans, Blessthefall, Stick To Your Guns, and several others. We do have other plans after that, but it can not yet be mentioned here.
Any messages for fans in the Los Angeles area?
Thanks for the constant support. There’s a reason why every band loves coming through Southern CA and that reason is you.
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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