Spotlight: Fall of Messiah

Photo by Romaine Duquesne

France’s Fall of Messiah has been performing a blend of post-hardcore and post-rock with tinges of screamo since 2008. Released in February of this year, “Empty Colors” is their fourth album, and comes as a precursor to their appearance at the Dunk! Festival in May. They have also recently announced that they will be playing the ArcTanGent Festival August 18-20 as well. Now signed to multiple labels to increase their reach, they are on something of an ascent, reaching listeners far beyond their home country. So we here at Arctic Drones thought that now would be a good time to shine our spotlight their way.

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LOCATION

France, Saint-Jans-Cappel

LABEL

Holy Roar Records, I Corrupt Records, Voice of the Unheard, Lonely Voyage Records

MEMBERS

Sylvain Moulin – Bass
Martin Moulin – Guitar
Pierre Bailleul – Drums
Benjamin Defer – Guitar
Matthieu Raoult – Guitar

ABOUT FALL OF MESSIAH

Fall of Messiah is a French Post-Rock band with strong Math-Rock elements and hints of screamo. Looking to always surprise listeners and renew their style, the band switches between chaotic riffing and mind-blowing emotional parts, aiming for clever arrangements. For fans of Pg.Lost, Pianos Become The Teeth, Caspian, Kaospilot…

“Empty Colors” is a fatalist image of the time passing in people’s life, as the colors of life are fading in solitude. The artwork is a collaboration with Vincent Michelot (FOV Tattoo, Lille, Fr). This is our vision of the endless struggle of being alone, by choice or not. EMPTY COLORS means: “End My Pain, These Yelling Colors Of Life, Of Resigned Sadness.”

FALL OF MESSIAH IN PRESS

“Huge tones from both guitars and the deep, guttural growling from the bass create a wall of sound that Mogwai or Phil Spector would be proud of. It’s evident from the beginning that these guys love the music they play. Even in an empty room they all scream and head bang like it’s their last few hours on Earth.”
– Subvulture

“On ‘Empty Colors,’ Fall Of Messiah offer up seven new tracks of atmospheric and haunting post rock, math rock, and screamo. Overall, ‘Empty Colors’ is a killer LP and should not be missed. “
– Dead Pulpit

“The new EP contains shorter songs, but the riffs remain intact. By distilling their essence, the band has underlined its power.”
– A Closer Listen

SHARED THE STAGE WITH

Amenra, Maybeshewill, Tides of Man, La Dispute, Year Of No Light, Mutiny On The Bounty, Vasudeva, Vasa, Caravels, Kidcrash, Octaves, Birds In A Row, Alright The Captain.

Soon: Pelican, Tides From Nebula, This Will Destroy You, Russian Circles, Yndi Halda

RELEASES

Empty Colors, February 2016
How To See Beyond Fields, March 2014
How To Conceive A Bridge Between Circles, June 2011
How To Build A Chariot EP, August 2008

FALL OF MESSIAH ONLINE
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SHORT Q&A

Can you share some musical influences?

Pierre Bailleul: We all come from the hardcore and screamo scene, but the more we grew up, the more we extended what we were listening to: country, folk, mathrock, etc. Many bands have influenced us so far, and in very different genres. Thrice has been one of our biggest influences, Meet Me In St. Louis, Kaospilot, Deafheaven, If These Trees Could Talk, Pianos Become The Teeth, and Explosions In The Sky…just to name a few.

“Empty Colors” has a very intriguing album cover, both thematically and visually (in terms of the simple, four-color scheme). Any insight you could lend about that?

So, the album artwork represents two things: there is the color theme, and the theme of the birds.
We wanted to talk about solitude, be it by choice or not (and from our point of view, that you are always alone, in a way). Life is like the birds’ fight. It’s a struggle to know if you want to be alone or not. The artwork shows two inseparable blue birds which are fighting. They want to go off on their own, but when one them dies, the other will die as well. In search of good artwork, we always ask questions, but rarely provide answers: Do you want to be alone? Do you need to be? Or is it the reverse…

Colors are important to this fight, they represent the fact that everything fades with time, and this colored battle is described in the name EMPTY COLORS, which means: “End My Pain, These Yelling Colors Of Life, Of Resigned Sadness”. Our good friend Vincent Michelot (a tattoo artist at FOV tattoo in Lille, France) drew the birds, and our drummer made the layout. This is the first album which has not been entirely designed by our drummer, and we are so happy with the result!

You have mentioned that Fall of Messiah is like a screamo band playing post-rock. That being said, the screamo elements are sort of dialed back on “Empty Colors.” They emerge briefly from time to time, but the record is largely instrumental. Was this a calculated decision, or did it just come naturally? Tell us what your approach is to blending genres.

We don’t really think about that when we are writing. I like to write, and to include lyrics to have something that people can understand other than the music itself, but we decide everything together. We are 95% an instrumental band, but we like screamo so much. And we like to scream live. We always start our writing process with every song as an instrumental, and that will always be. Sometimes, when we feel it, we put some lyrics in the songs, not all of them, not that often, but we try. We record everything and we see what sounds good to us, and what can be done properly live. But we like the vocals to be rare and rough. When we say that we are like a screamo band playing post rock, it’s more in the energy we want to put in the music, and in the live performance. It’s something that we discover more than something we are looking for. Everything is very natural. It’s not calculated that we cross genres. We want to do something that we love. We love math rock, we love post rock, we love screamo…it’s not about sounding “like this,” but more to play music that is 100% what we want, and sometimes it’s heavy, sometimes it’s dark, or it’s very quiet and peaceful. The writing process can be really hard, because we don’t want to be a melting pot of genres; we are looking for something that make sense, something fluid, so it is not rare that a song is re-written 3 or 4 times before it sounds the way we want.

You’re playing Dunk! this year. Is this your first major festival appearance? What has the experience of playing live been for you to this point?

Dunk! will be amazing. We are honored and are looking forward to it (it’s been four years since we’ve been there, and the line-up is always sick!). We’ve already played a big fest in Belgium, the Leper Hardcore Fest’s last edition. Having the chance to play Dunk! is hard to define. We are at a point where we are sharing the stage with bands we’ve been listening to for years, and it’s so big for us! We love to play these kinds of shows, but I think sometimes we don’t totally realize the chance we are being given. We are more than honored that Luc invited us, and it is such a surprise, as we still see ourselves as the kids from the north of France’s countryside. We have also just announced our addition to the ArcTanGent Festival, so we are definitely trying to play more of these types of settings!

Now that “Empty Colors” has been available for a couple of months, what are future plans looking like for the band?

We want to improve our shows, visit countries we’ve never been to, play with bands we love; one of our biggest dreams is to open a tour for a band like If These Trees Could Talk and tour the US. But at the same time, we will always play small DIY shows, because we love that so much! So the future is definitely about playing more shows, everywhere we can – festivals, DIY shows…we just want to play for people.

We also have begun the writing process for a new album! But we’ll take the time to do it, to find the sound we like, and the story we want to tell. We already have a ton of ideas!

We don’t know the future yet, but everything seems very good for us. It already feels perfect, so we’ll keep it the same for now. As long as we enjoy it, we will do it!

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