Interview W/ Fall From Grace Singer Tryg Littlefield
RN: When people hear a band is from Seattle some times there is a preconceived notion that they sound like or were inspired by what put Seattle on the map. What inspired you guys and where does you sound come from?
Tryg Littlefield: We are from Seattle but we were influenced more by the southern California style. Bands like Alkaline Trio, Jimmy Eat World and older Blink 182.
RN: So what kind of tunes did you guys grow up on?
Tryg Littlefield: We have so many eclectic people in the band. I was raised on rhythm and blues, our guitar player was pretty much raised on metal and our other guitarist was raised on pure rock n roll. But we all wanted to get down music that was polished and music people can connect to. We are all for the raw sound of rock n roll but we wanted to make a more polished record.
RN: What is the biggest difference between this CD opposed to your last one?
Tryg Littlefield: This CD is more polished and it’s all about melody. To a point at times we counted how many syllables’ were in the song to make it sound good. Some songs are that fined tuned. We never have done that before. In the studio I was thinking by the way we were working we are making a cross over record and going in a more commercial direction. So I went back and listened to our whole discography and realized that this was a natural progression by a half a click. This record was just another step in that direction.
RN: How long did it take to record The Romance Years?
Tryg Littlefield: “18 And Out” was done in 3 days but other songs like “The Resurrection” took longer. We wrote it and then re wrote it. We really took our time and crossed boundaries and did it at a medium pace. We spent over a year in the studio and it was a remarkable experience.
RN: What’s up with the video for “18 and Out”?
Tryg Littlefield: We had our CD release at the Neptune Theater here in Seattle. The Neptune Theater was a theater from back in my fathers generation and we were the first band to play there since they re modeled it. A friend of mine filmed the set and we have some pretty cool things we are adding to it. We are going to start servicing the video some time next month
RN: What inspired the song “18 And Out“?
Tryg Littlefield: I grew up in a small town about 2 miles outside of Seattle. It was a great place to grow up but it’s also the kind of place where I reached my limit and I needed to move on and find my own place out in the world. When I turned 18 I was out. The lyrics in that song are exactly what I felt at the time.
RN: Where did the song “Stand Alone” come from?
Tryg Littlefield: Fall From Grace does not really have a political stand point. We don’t believe in the Democratic Party, we don’t believe in the Republican Party, what we believe in is human kind. And the song “Stand Alone” is about going to war and watching you friend die. The song is not about right or wrong, it’s about revenge. It’s about what happens to people when they go to war. Because we are not machines, we are biological organisms. We feel pain, we feel anger and we feel rage. When we wrote the song we had a very close friend that died in combat. What ever anyone’s beliefs in war are, they are their beliefs. But we think that our friend was meant for so much more than just to die. So this song was a shout out to him.
RN: How about “Great Expectations”?
Tryg Littlefield: It’s about waiting for your favorite band to release an album and when you get it, you’re let down by it.
RN: When are you guys going on tour?
Tryg Littlefield: We have a lot of irons in the fire as touring goes. Are hope is that we hit the road and we do it soon.
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