Oct. 17, 2012 - Issue #887: Dedfest
For The Falklands' first three years of existence, the buzzing four-piece rock outfit churned out an album, some EPs and singles at a breakneck pace that matched the bombast of the music itself. The band can presently count six collections of fist-pumpers, groove-led pop-rockers, and rowdy happy-hour singalongs to its name (with no short supply of touring behind 'em), with that quick-as-we-can tenacity working out pretty well for the band.
Or it was, anyways. That the band's seventh release and second full-length, Cold Favour, is coming out more than a year after its recording was finished wasn't exactly intentional, vocalist Jason Stevenson explains.
"Everyone fell apart after we made this record," he begins. "Mentally and physically. We made it under someone else's timeframe, and yeah, it had an impact on all four of us, and once it was done, we all kinda collapsed." He laughs. "It just took longer than we thought it would to get back up."
That breakneck release pace—which Stevenson notes began when bassist Lee Klippenstein joined the lineup of guitarist Mark Budd and drummer Jerf Sebastian—if not ultimately sustainable, certainly taught the band about the drive it was capable of reaching.
"When Lee joined the band, we all agreed, let's work as hard as we can, and let's write as much and record as much and see what happens. And apparently it almost kills you, so ... ," he trails off with a laugh.
Still, having a little time away from Cold Favour before releasing it has let Stevenson give it a bit more of a distanced, objective listen that he can appreciate.
"Every few months, I would pop it out and listen to it, and my fears were calmed, because I still thought it was a good album," Stevenson says. "So I think it's been an interesting and a positive experience to wait, because we're all still confident it's a good record. Some records are a snapshot in time, and you look back and go, 'Well, that was that moment,' and you're always gonna want to do things differently. But we're all still really happy with it. I think that gives a stronger confidence in the record."
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