Fall From Grace: Encountering The Romance Years

Based out of the prosperous Seattle, WA music scene, Fall From Grace has experienced a vast and exciting musical career.  They’ve done Warped Tour in the States, performed at the legendary Download Festival in the UK, and have won a Bodog Battle Of The Bands content.   Their latest album is entitled The Romance Years. an impassioned effort whose catchy tunes and introspective lyrics are sure to secure the band an ever wider fan base.  Here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the Fall From Grace members to find out more about this hard working collective and their dynamic songs.  Read on and encounter The Romance Years

Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Fall From Grace, and how long the band has been together.
Hey there, my name is Tryg Sebastian Littlefield. I am the front man/lead singer and rhythm guitarist in Fall From Grace, and also one of the core songwriters (there are 3 of us). Fall From Grace has been together for 7 years now.

Where is the band based out of and what is your local music scene like there? Do you have any local bands you could recommend?
Fall From Grace is based out of Seattle, Washington, the mecca of music diverse from punk to rock to metal and jazz. It’s an artistic city, everything from music to film to paintings to glass blowing…we’ve got it! We’re surrounded by water and it’s truly a sight to behold. I recommend coming in the Summer, as it’s raining 9 months a year here (Summer is absolutely GORGEOUS here).

Is there any story or concept behind the CD title The Romance Years?
The story behind The Romance Years is this: Fall From Grace has been a band for over 7 years. It’s our best piece of musical writing yet (I believe), and is the deepest record I have ever had the privilege to be a part of. The band has pushed through some very hard times, and music represents that. It’s an uplifting album that supports our youth of today, and the adults that we’ve become. It’s kind of a “Romantic” view into the past and the future.

Select any two songs from The Romance Years and what inspired the lyrics.
18 & Out and The Resurrection. 18 & Out is about growing up in a small town and knowing that when you turn eighteen you will go into the world and conquer it! It’s a coming of age song about youthy empowerment, and most importantly, about MY youth and leaving the small town to make myself into something. The Resurrection is a song that’s quite a different story. From the ages of 9 to 12 I watched my biological Mother literally lose her mind. From a medicated manic depressive she fell into a hole inside herself, and at the end of the day (I believe) became a paranoid schitzophrenic with multiple personality disorder. The Resurrection is a song written in metaphor about how I know I won’t be able to spend time with her in this life, but hopefully in the next we’ll have a relationship.

What could one expect from a live Fall From Grace show?
A live Fall From Grace show is more than just your average “rock show”. It’s a band that loves every minute they have to be onstage and it’s all about the crowd. They are the ones who are at the show, they are the ones who feel the music. Without them we’d all have no jobs so, at the end of the day, as a viewer…you get what you came for! An explosive band showered with smiles and love for the people who are captivated by them!

What was it like opening for Katy Perry and did you get to meet her at all?
Playing with Katy Perry was a blast! Unfortunately we didn’t get to meet her at all, however her merch girl (Tessa Marr), who was later stole by the band The Bronx, became a good personal friend. So let’s just say this: I have heard some amazing stories about Katy Perry!  We all have much respect for her and everything she’s done and continues to do. I didn’t realize that the last person to have THAT many singles on the radio from one album was Michael Jackson! Go girl!!

What was the experience like playing the Download Festival and who were some of the other bands on the bill?
Some bands that shared the bill on Download Festival in 2009 were ZZ Top, Papa Roach, Def Leppard, Down, Motley Crue, Buckcherry, Hardcore Superstar, Marilyn Manson, Tesla, Journey, Killswitch Engage, and Faith No More! It was the coolest most AWESOME feeling I’ve ever had to be part of such an amazing event! Walking around and chilling with Steve from Buckcherry, Jockey from Hardcore Superstar, and Jacoby Shaddix from Papa Roach…truly an amazing out-of-body experience! As a musician, if you EVER have an opportunity to play Download Festival (or any UK or European Festival for that matter), do NOT hesitate to do it! It’ll change your life.

What was your experience like on Warped Tour and what advice would you give a new band about to attempt the tour for the very first time?
Warped Tour is by far the most difficult tour I’ve ever done, hands down. You travel by night (and are expected to sleep). If you’re in a van or RV that’s incredibly hard to do. Load in is at 7 am the next day, so as soon as you roll in you’re getting to work setting your tent and merch up, meeting the project manager, getting set times, etc. Doors open at 10, and you hang all day and play your set. Break down around 10, and leave for the next venue around 2 am. REPEAT. Much love and respect to any and all bands that have done Warped…it’s super brutal but an awesome time!

Words for new bands touring for their first time: get thick skin. Not every show is going to be awesome and when you do have bad shows don’t take it out on your band (all band members included), rather take it as a learning experience and go to the next show. Touring is hard, stressful, and emotions are flaring a lot of the time. Learn to chill and find peace inside yourself and you’ll do fine.

Have you ever played in the Los Angeles area or plan to do so in the future?
In Los Angeles, I have had the opportunity to play the Key Club, the Roxy, The Whiskey A Go-Go, the Troubadour, and the El Rey Theatre. All of these clubs are unique and totally awesome! I love Los Angeles, it’s my home away from home!! We do have plans to play there again and very soon…just can’t announce anything just quite yet.

Tell me about the video for 18 and Out, who directed it, and what was the concept behind the video?
18 & Out was shot and directed and produced by Ryan Short and Adam Pease of King of Hearts Productions. Ryan has been a close friend for a number of years and has shot 4 of Fall From Grace’s videos in the past. He’s amazing at capturing the emotion behind the song…each song! The overall feeling of this video is getting to know the band as individuals as well as a unity. It’s shot documentary style, and the live footage was shot at FFG’s CD Release at the Neptune Theater in January. The “story line” is basically the band ramping up for tour. Hanging out in the van, playing pranks on one another, laughing and capturing our humor. It’s done very tastefully and beautifully. I’m very excited for it to come out!!

What was it like participating in the Fuse TV “Bodog Music Battle of the Bands” contest?
Imagine, if you will, the weirdest thing you’ve EVER done in your entire life. That was what it was like being part of this reality tv show contest. Flying across America, doing insane immunity challenges week after week, partying every night, playing shows in Memphis, Cleveland, Austin, New Orleans, Los Angeles and Canada…it was a blur! Some challenges were to make a music video, to write a song for a horror film, to raise money for Hurricane Katrina, face a press conference, etc. It was a blast, intense, fun, crazy, and totally out of control! …and I’d do it again in a heart beat! Winning the whole thing was a dream come true. Like something you’ve always wanted but weren’t quite sure if it would ever come to fruition. Watching/hearing that come to life? Blew all of us away.

What’s up next for Fall From Grace?
Next for Fall From Grace is touring, servicing our video for 18 & Out, and a full radio campaign pushing 18 & Out as Fall From Grace’s first single from the album The Romance Years.

Gonna be a busy Summer!

Any final words of wisdom?
Dr. Seuss said it best: “Be who you are, and say what you feel. Because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”

Think about it…and surround yourself with greatness to BE great!

(Interview by Kenneth Morton)

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