I reviewed the excellent falls cassette EP a couple of weeks ago, but I also have the CD EP of theirs from 2015 that I hadn't had a chance to write about yet. As you may remember, falls was one of the bands that played the Waterslide/PopKid show when I was in Tokyo last year. They blew me out of the water at the show and they've continued to do so with their recorded output.
When I was talking about their cassette, I had mentioned how appropriate I thought it was that they were covering a Silver Scooter song due to the similarities between the two bands. That comparison holds true for this EP as well. Much like Silver Scooter, the band builds their songs off of tight, impactful drumming and impressive bass lines. The rhythm section laying down this solid foundation allows for the band to create truly dynamic guitar work, transitioning from gentle plucking of the strings to fuzzy blasts of chords at the blink of an eye.
falls have found a way to harvest some of the sounds and intricacies of mid 90s bands like Boys Life, but they manage to keep everything catchy with the sort of hooks and choruses you expect from pop punk bands. Really, the more I think about it the more I realize that they're just so much like Silver Scooter in so many ways. A great band, writing great songs. After these EPs, I'm definitely ready for falls to put out a full length.
falls - Wednesday: