As December Falls are an injection of pure pop-punk energy. Their debut self-titled album was released in February 2019 and the band have been on the rise ever since.
I recently caught up with Ande Hunter (Guitar) to discuss the bands debut album, their quarantine live-streams and what we can expect from As December Falls in the remainder of 2020..
"We had to postpone our May tour which sucked but thankfully, due to modern technology, we’ve still been able to write, record some covers, put out a live streamed show and worked on new material."
Firstly, I have to ask this at the moment, how have you guys been coping in the lock-down, what kind of things have you been up to since the lock-down came into effect.
We’ve been doing alright! We had to postpone our May tour which sucked but thankfully, due to modern technology, we’ve still been able to write, record some covers, put out a live streamed show and worked on new material. At least we’ve been using the time wisely!
How did you get into writing and creating music? Was there a decisive moment or event that you remember that made you stop and think, wow, THIS is what I want to do with my life?
All of us have been musicians way before we started As December Falls and we’ve all worked on other projects previously. As with any band, it’s something you just fall into, starting with a love of music. We didn’t form the band with any kind of plan, it was just us all wanting to play.
How and when did As December falls form?
We formed in 2014 which seems a lifetime ago now. Timmy knew us all individually from the local scene and approached us to start a new alternative band. Ande and Lukas were in different projects at the time and they both quit to focus on As December Falls pretty much straight away.
"We’ve been really fortunate with the support from our fans though. Our merch sales have gone through the roof and it really shows how much people care about independent artists."
Let’s be honest 2020 has been a weird year so far and things will probably be weird for a while. As an artist, especially an artist with a UK tour coming up at the end of the year. How has this affected your rhythm?
Financially it’s been a nightmare. We make most of our income from playing shows. We have already postponed our May tour and it’s not looking good for the rest of the year. One of the things we’ve missed the most is being able to practice in the same room. We’ve been really fortunate with the support from our fans though. Our merch sales have gone through the roof and it really shows how much people care about independent artists.
On social media, you teased fans asking them if As December Falls should release a new song soon. Can you give us any more info on this?
You’ll have to wait and see ;)
In June As December Falls played a live stream set for fans on social media. How did this live stream performance come about?
We just missed playing shows and obviously a lot of people were gutted about our May tour being postponed. We thought it would be cool to do a virtual show so our fans could still get their As December Falls fix! We’re planning on doing a couple more in the next few months!
"Rocking out in our living rooms without any crowd was a surreal experience. We actually practise with an in ear monitor mix so it kind of felt more like a rehearsal than an actual show!"
How was it performing in this medium? Was it strange performing without the instant feedback you get from fans?
Oh it was so weird! Rocking out in our living rooms without any crowd was a surreal experience. We actually practise with an in ear monitor mix so it kind of felt more like a rehearsal than an actual show!
‘As December Falls’, your latest album, was released on February 8th 2019. How was the creation process for the self-titled album compared to your previous EP ‘When You Figure Out You’re Wring, Get Back To Me’ which was released in 2016?
It was pretty different actually. Timmy took a break from the band to go travelling and focus on other stuff. He was a massive part of the writing process for the first EP and he wrote all the rhythm guitar parts. By the time Timmy came back to the UK and joined up with the band again, we’d finished most of the writing for the first album. It was great to have him come in right at the end as a fresh pair of ears to really help with the arrangements and improving parts before we hit the studio.
‘Ride’is an absolute belter of a track and shows just how far the As December Falls sound has evolved since your inception in 2015. Is it always the ambition of the band to always push the limits of what the definitive As December Falls sound can be?
We tend not to label ourselves too much so that we don’t feel constrained. Clearly we’re a rock band but beyond that we’re open to try anything musically! Our main focus is always to write music that we enjoy playing and listening to. The newer stuff we’re writing at the moment is a bit darker and heavier than the first album.
If you could choose any one person to do a guest spot on one of your tracks who would you choose and why?
I doubt we’d ever all agree on one artist! Brendon Urie from Panic! At The Disco is definitely up there though, that dude can do anything!
If you had to choose one song from the As December Falls catalogue that you feel encompasses the bands signature sound, which song would you choose and why?
It would probably have to be Ride. It’s our most popular song and fans go absolutely crazy when we play it live!
Finally, With everything still up in the air, what do you think the rest of 2020 will look like for you as a band?
We’re working on some new music, who knows, you guys may even get a little something from us before the year is up!