Interviews and reviews exclusively of bands that are either unsigned or not really well known or well known in the underground metal scene.
Monday, June 25, 2012
HUMANITY FALLS INTERVIEW
Original posting: November 17, 2011
I got in touch with Eston Browne (drums/vocals) of Humanity Falls, who are located in New York City and must admit...this band destroys where some have fallen. Enjoy the new interview everyone!
1. Who came up with the band name?
Humanity Falls was created by our original drummer Miguel. He brought the idea of the band name to the table and we had no better names in mind, so we went with this. I inherited it and I came up with a lyrical philosophy for the music we started to compose. However, as time progressed I've learned to inherit it not only as a band name but as a lifestyle. The deterioration of mankind and our civilization is as a much alarming rate these days and I feel as if we should all have a hand in doing whats best to avoid the inevitable demise of our species.
2. Where do you practice at?
We practice in New Jersey. All the other guys are residents of the state and I'm the only New Yorker and lone commuter. It's a bit rough but it's absolutely worth it.
3. Who are your influences?
I listen to a lot of music, so I am inspired by a vast majority of musicians across the world. Some of the strongest influences for drums and vocals being Alex Hernandez (Immolation), Chris Reifert (Autopsy), Mike Smith (Suffocation), Steve Asheim (Deicide), Corpsegrinder Fisher (Cannibal Corpse), Ross Dolan (Immolation), Luc Lemay (Gorguts) and Martin Van Druuen (Pestilence) just to list off the top of my head.
4. What are the ages of the band members?
We all in our 20's with me the youngest member at 22.
5. I heard about your bass player quitting before you got signed, why did he quit?
Well, contrary to what you may have heard, our bassist was asked to leave. He didn't quit and we didn't allow him to. We all felt he wasn't a good match for our music and creatively he was inadequate. Things just weren't clicking with the chemistry either, so that was the final straw.
6. How long has Humanity Falls been around?
Humanity Falls has been around for a little over 3 years. We all got acquainted at the Carcass reunion show back in 2008 and its been that way since. It's a little ironic whenever I get asked this question because Suffocation was the direct support of the Carcass show and our last show in New York, we got chosen by Suffocation to be the opening act and support them and Misery Index.
7. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
There are quite a handfull of accomplishments that have happened within Humanity Falls and all of them are pretty significant to where we are today. Going on our first tour for 8 straight days as our first real experience and finally having a label interested in putting out our first recording would be situations that come to my mind almost instantly. This is a big accomplishment because it was a test for the band and we all wanted to meet and exceed the expectations from others and our own expectations of getting out there and being a touring band, playing in venues and towns we've never been before. It was thrilling, for me personally, because we met great people every night and I had an enjoyable time. It was a huge accomplishment because we proved to ourselves and to the people who have us on their radar that we aren't just a no-name local band or a band who's dedicated to everything besides the music. We wanted to expose to people who could watch and listen to us and we've done exactly that so far.
8. Has your band ever had any arguements?
(Laughs) Of course! What band doesn't argue? You just have to understand when playing music and being in a band is that you always have to properly communicate and communicate the proper way so that everyone is aligned and on the same page. That's a very simple task but hard to execute. There's a lot of respect that has to be given to your fellow man to do this efficiently and being selfish, uncooperative in a band causes conflict and is never a good thing. I've had my fair share of arguments and you just live in and learn from the consequences.
10. What makes your band different than most death metal bands?
I would say what makes us different is our approach to the music we've been listening to for so long. We do a lot of the little things most bands overlook and it's enabled us to flourish because of it. An artists work should always invoke the emotion from within the targeted audience and I believe we do that and why we are unique.
11. When your onstage, do you ever see the same people?
Interesting question, but its a cycle. Most people try their best to attend our shows but most of the time we do see the same people when we play. It's a good and bad thing. Luckily, with the more shows that we've done we see a mixture of the same faces and a lot of new ones, too.
12. How often does the band practice?
We normally rehearse one or two times a week, at about 4 to 5 hours each time.
13. Do you have a career outside the band?
I don't have a career but we all work normal jobs to make ends meet and we go to school.
14. Any last words for Underground Noise?
Special thanks to anyone who came to a show, bought merch and listened to any of our music. We've had a lot of ups and downs, that's for sure. I get asked this often, but Humanity Falls will not be doing any shows for the rest of year into 2012. We already have a few shows lined up so be on the lookout for more details. We'll be working and recording and I believe once we return, it will be with full force. No disrespect to the talented guys who contributed to the vicious Humanity Falls sound in the past but I feel once we release what we've been working so hard on, it will be our best offering and will show a lot of maturity on our behalf. Until then, be sure to check us out at http://www.facebook.com/humanityfallsband ,http://ofdivinenature.blogspot.com/ andhttp://www.myspace.com/humanityfallsband and we'll see you at a show soon!!!!