Wherever They Fall (also referred to as WTF) is from the big State of Texas – and their giant sound is beginning to garner them notice within their Mesquite hometown and beyond. The collective has just unleashed a 7-song EP of sheer sonic intensity entitled Divinity, and judging by what’s heard on their debut, these talented young guns are an unstoppable musical force to be reckoned with . Here is a recent interview we conducted with one of the members of the WTF collective to find out more about the exciting new band on the rise. Read on…
Introduce yourself, tell me what you do in Wherever They Fall and how long the band has been together.
I’m Jarred, I play lead guitar. WTF has been together for a little over a year now not including our old name.
Where is Wherever They Fall based out of and what is the music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
We are based out of Mesquite/Dallas Tx. The scene down here is really diverse in someways and other ways not. You got your extreme thrash, then your hardcore bands, post-hardcore, then your deathcore bands. Some local bands around here that are really good to me, would be Intakes and Polyhia.
Is there any story or concept behind the CD title Divinity?
The concept to Divinity, is like one man searching for power, being consumed by power utterly being destroyed by a such “higher power” or can be argued as himself.
Please select two songs from Divinity and what inspired the lyrical content?
The lyrical content that I wrote for the song The Omnipotent, was written kinda in tale that nothing would change me. Like habits of the people around me wouldn’t affect me. To me everything else was weak that I wouldn’t let it change me. Or you can take it and say that this other character in our story is over powering the main character. Standing his ground against him showing that he would became the same fate of the rest.
Speaking for the vocalist I think everyone in the band could agree on the song WTF is mainly about our old vocalist and our departure from him. Wrote from a very angry state putting him out as as an ego manic searching for power. Which put us back to the story line. But there’s nothing against him haha. But no doubt he kinda inspired that song.
Who did the cover art for Divinity and how much input did you have on it?
I (Jarred) did the album art actually. My idea was to have it showing solitude with the one tree and stars in a supernatural kinda way getting that Divine feel to the music. So yeah we all had complete control over the way it turned out.
Who produced Divinity and what was it like working with them?
Andy Welker, of Welker Studios produced the E.P. but it was a blast. No doubt one of the best expriances of my life. Bunch of messing around and great music making, hour long inprov sessions, just a great person and great talent growing with him. Things got rough though but in the the end a great E.P, came out of it.
If you could open for any band either current or who has ever existed, which band would that be and why?
Trying to speak for us all would be the hardest thing in the world cause we are almost completely different when it comes to musical taste. But one band we all like can jam to for hours would be The Crimson Armada, cause we all have characteristics in our writing kinda from the vein of their Guardians album.
What could one expect from a live Wherever They Fall show?
One could expect a lot of headbanging. We get down at our shows. On our set, we get in and start the pit on other local bands, have a good time. Lots of foolory in between songs, and heavy intensity through out it all.
Who are some of the bigger bands you have opened for in the past and what was the experience like?
I guess we haven’t opened for huge big bands YET. But bigger bands such as Stand Your Ground, Seekers, and Mouth of the South, was all a great show. Extremely fun to see how other bands get down on stage and how fans get down to their music makes us wanna get towards their level.
If your music was a donut, what kind would it be and why?
If our music was a donut I think it would be like a jelly filled sprinkles and glazed donut. Just cause it has different flavors so to speak, kinda like our sound hopefully all our style and background of our members mixed together.
How close is Wherever They Fall to recording a full length album?
We can record a full length will all new songs maybe January if we worked at it every week in on new songs. Doesn’t take us long to write. But since the release of our E.P. we’ve accomplished writing maybe 4 and a half songs, but plenty of new riffs and ideas to be thrown in there.
What is it you would like a listener to remember the most after hearing your music for the first time?
We would probably want our listeners to remember our melodic parts clash with heavy breakdowns. Kind of not found so much on the E.P. but in new material to come that is a huge thing that we hope people will be ready for.
Any final words of wisdom?
Final words of wisdom: Don’t let anyone tell you how to make your music. Do your thing make it sound how you want it to sound not just how everyone else is sounding. Such as the lyrics in The Omnipotent…
Wherever They Fall is:
Eric Rhea- Vocals
Jarred Kennedy- Lead Guitar
Nicholas Casares- Rhythm Guitar and Clean Vocals
Kyle Derting- Bass
Bradley Adkins- Drums
Christopher Love- Keyboards
(Interview by Kenneth Morton)
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