We’re a gothic band… we have 3 albums and started this project back in 2008.
So, what’s the story behind The Fallacy? Did it start as a project that turned out to be a band… or you set off as a band that was completed as long as Angeline came onboard, right after Viviana left the band?
During 2008 it was a study project and since Viviana left, Marco decided to look for a permanent singer so that The Fallacy wasn’t just a study type of band but to also be a band able to perform live, and for that Angeline was the perfect member. From the moment she entered the band, it grew stronger and became a Goth rock band.
How much had you been searching for the right person? Did it take you back with your project eventually… or it was worth it finally?
M: Yes, It was worth to wait for Angie, because we could recover the first album, since it was recorded without female voices. Thanks to this, the production ended the way we wanted to and could be edited as a band and not just a project. All the time that was used to record our first album wasn’t lost time.
You say on your FB page that in 2008 when your debut was released… it was given away for free through your website. Why did you choose to do that?
This was a decision we made together to ease promoting the band, we think that the best way for people to know us was by promoting our material without any restrictions. By doing this we were able to get to a lot more people, who now are those that support us and buy our music and go to our shows.
You had some bad luck concerning the drummers so you decided to go on with sequences and drum machine, right? How’s that affecting your live appearances?
Well, so far it’s been difficult to rely on a stable drummer, that’s true. However it’s not bad luck as you mentioned, it’s just that it’s not only about finding the right person to become a part of The Fallacy, but in general it’s much more complex to travel with a drummer and all the physical elements involved. Not all stages are prepared to receive a drum kit, therefore it limits us to show our music everywhere. Anyway, we are aware of the fact that this takes away some of the greatness of our performance. However it allows us to have major control of the sound and the show itself.
Your second album came out in 2010… but there isn’t so much info about it on your official website.
Back then we didn’t made a lot of promotion since we were dealing with many activities outside the country. Nowadays we re-mixed our first two albums and we are on a campaign to promote them properly. This includes adding the complete discography information in all of our social networks. Besides we’ve opened different online stores for people to purchase our music such as: Amazon, ITunes, Napster, Spotify, etc.
OK let’s talk about the new album. Why did you name it “Love Division”?
This album is a story about love, hate and despair. From the first till the last song it tells a story between two people that go from the darkest place in their souls in terms of love till the most sacred and pure which is the sentiment itself. The lesson of this story is that the lovers must accept themselves mutually and that divided they fall.
What does the cover artwork showcases with the divided in main pieces heart?
It is a divided heart that continues to live, but will never be in peace since it has fractures. We tried to represent the loss of something very important. You may keep breathing, but it’s something that can never be healed. We think it’s the best way to represent the story. (i.n.: yeah… indeed)
Please do give us a hint about each one of the song…
“Love Division”: Chapter 1: The separation of love.
“Mistaken Love”: Chapter 2: The hate, grudge and the beginning of a meaningless battle.
“Drops of Fire”: Chapter 3: The act of desperate insanity.
“Holy or Ghost”: Chapter 4: One of the parts is dead but does not realize. It’s a ghost.
“Desperate”: Chapter 5: Random states of calm and hope without being fulfilled.
“Angel Face”: Chapter 6: The expression of distrust and lack of sincerity by one of the lovers.
“No Dreams at Home”: Chapter 7: The loneliness, the search of new horizons unable to find calm.
“Force of Nature”: Chapter 8: The natural strength of love trying to reborn from the ashes.
“Trough Separated Waters”: Chapter 9: The ghosts and demons that inhabit their souls to divide them, manifest with placer.
“The Omen”: Chapter 10: The desolation, to be dispossessed.
“Die With Me”: Chapter 11: The promise of reconciliation.
“The Key”: Chapter 12: The solution, the answer. Finally they realize that divided they can no longer survive; they forgive each other and defeat the demons.
Where did the recordings take place and who’s responsible for the production?
All of the three albums are recorded at Attic Records Studios and we are responsible for the whole production. (i.n.: you’ve done a great job guys…)
Even though the overall sound is very good, I believe that a well-known producer such as Jens Bogren (Paradise Lost, Katatonia, Soilwork, Opeth, Valkiria, Amon Amarth, Kreator etc.) would have added that little extra to the final outcome. What do you think?
Clearly an experienced producer in the type of music we do and with such a background can manage to add that little extra to the final product that you mentioned. We have previously been contacted by producers that are interested in working with us but we are still looking for major stability as a product in order to take that following step.
Supposing you had the chance to change something… what would it be and why?
If you refer to the band, we would like to have a drummer participating in a couple of songs and other guests musicians to complement our live shows.
How did you choose to shoot a video for the song “No Dreams at Home”? Are there gonna be any other videos as well or not? What song would you like to shoot next if you could?
We chose this video because of the musical simplicity, we had never composed a gothic ballad as this one and we believe it was the best way to really show the audience about the change and maturing of the band within this new album.
We just had the premiere of a new video for the song “Drops of Fire”, and afterwards we intend to release a last one to finish this album’s cycle. (i.n.: the video for “Drops of Fire” hadn’t been released when this interview was taken)
I’ve noticed that the more metal and especially the symphonic metal influences on your sound are disappearing over the course of your releases. You’re coming closer to the gothic rock with post punk and dark wave elements. Do you agree with that?
We completely agree. From the beginning we wanted to accomplish a gothic rock sound more than any other type of metal. But throughout our discovery as composers we went through states where clearly there’s a symphonic metal influence printed. Now we’re really satisfied with eradicating these influences, since we want to revive the vein of real gothic rock together with The Fallacy sound.
Which are those bands that have influenced you as musicians and as a band?
A: J.S. Bach, Sisters of Mercy, The Mission UK, Metallica, Nightwish, Evanescence, Rammstein, among others.
M: The Mission Uk, Bauhaus, Siouxie & The Banshees, Depeche Mode, dead Can Dance, Motorhead, Nightwish, Metallica, Lacrimas Profundere, just to mention some…
N: Dream Theater, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Nightwish, The Mission UK.
Even though you’re not coming from a country that’s a traditional force on metal or gothic music you did manage to establish your name and reach audiences outside of Chile… is that right?
It’s like you say, in our country there are not many exponents of our music style or metal in general. But we had managed to expand our horizons especially thanks to the internet.
What are your future tour plans? Are you considering to tour Europe or the US in the near future?
After our tour in South America during 2012, we’ve already contacted producers in USA and Europe to tour in those places.
How did you come up with the name The Fallacy and what does it represent for you?
The Fallacy means the error in a chain of data. A random mistake, for that reason we use a spinning rose as our symbol, nothing is perfect, things made by humans are always imperfect, it’s a concept to describe anything the human being is.
Are you totally satisfied by your label, Attic Records? Do you feel that you can use more support as artists generally?
Well, our label is not a real label, we use the brand just to give us the legal trade mark to publish our music, in fact Attic is our own label, so for this reason we’re always looking forward for an international label to work with. (i.n.: wish to make a deal soon…)
You’ve given your first album free for downloading. Now you’re given away 4 songs from “Love Division”. Do you feel that internet and free downloading is a good way to build a fan base or to make a band name more heard?
Definitively, as we mentioned before, we believe it’s the most effective way of reaching an audience with our music. Besides we also wanted to let the audience realize about the accomplishment of a more new and mature sound in this new production.
It’s time for our weird Questions now!!! I believe that quality is what our music is missing this time period. Everything is so similar and so easy-going that most of the fans are truly confused. Which is this “force” that will bring back things to what they used to be… to a time period that music was art…?
A: Inevitably music, as everything else on this earth, evolves for good or bad. I believe that inside this confusion, we the musicians, one way or another are trying to go back to our musical roots. And will manage to return to those beloved times.
M: Anything you do in music is an expression of art, sometimes more original , sometimes more boring, but we are trying to be originals as much we can. We have left a lot of “well known” clichés out of our compositions, also we’re trying to sound faithful to our taste, we’re not following anyone.
N: There’s a lack of passion strength, the euphoria which is making the music a base in life as a way of expression, to live a side conformism and take a chance to achieve that excellency.
What are those bands that stigmatized the gothic rock/metal movement?
A: Bauhaus, Sister of Mercy, The Mission UK, The Cure, Nightwish.
M: Bauhaus, Sister of Mercy, Christian Death, Siouxie & The Banshees, LAM, Joy Division (though this last one is post punk).
N: The Mission UK, Sister of Mercy, Nightwish, Kamelot.
If you could put together the best gothic rock band in the world who would participate and why?
A: The ones I previously mentioned, it would be a weird mix but amazing when listening to it.
M: Because of their legacy, Bauhaus but with the clarity of The Mission UK.
N: In Nightwish with Tarja, there was power and amazing lyrical; it would be very nice with a mix of The Mission UK to get the “going back to the roots”…
Which is the record you wish you had written and why?
A: “Once” from Nightwish, I think it’s the perfect mix of everything I love about music.
M: I think “Temple of Love”, It’s the resume of the SOM.
N: “The Pendulous Fall” from Kamelot has in my opinion a mix of silence, melodies power… to sum up, amazing.
Is fiction part of reality… or reality is fiction’s flaw?
A: A little bit of both, without one we cannot have the other.
M: Reality without fiction is nothing, feel free to dream, but don’t forget to live.
N: I think that to be filled with just one is not really good, it’s better to be carried out by fiction, fantasy and to be able to capture that in reality.
Vampires, eternal life, blood (is the life)… why are those things so important to the gothers?
A: Because they represent in different ways the beliefs of gothics.
M: This characters, ghosts, fantasies are deeply rooted in the mind, demons, blood, vampires, eternal life, and representations of the human evolution are spectrums, are our primitive elements that are engraved in our souls and minds.
N: I think it’s because they mix in a very interesting way the sensuality, the erotic, the occult with the demoniac, the things from “the other side” forming a group of different elements that are in our mind, as human beings since always.
In scale from 1-10, how afraid of dark are you?
A: 5, it scares me but I like it…
M: I think I’m always scared of the darkness, a 7…
N: 4, It doesn’t scares me, but I respect it a lot…
If you were the opposite sex for one day, what would you look like and what would you do?
A: Hahahahah! Good Question! Maybe I would look like Brad Pitt in Interview with the Vampire, and do what he did in the movie. Mixed with a little bit of Lestat’s rock star in Queen of the Dammed.
M: I think I would be Siouxie Sioux to sing in a couple of random concerts, although in small places, not very crowded.
N: I would be like Maytan Cohen, I think she is a beautiful woman that plays drums like a goddess and doesn’t lose her sensuality while she plays, I would have a band and play live on a big stage.
If we have two options: one to go deep on earth and live down there (Hollow Earth theory) and the other to travel to new Stars and get started there… which one would you choose and why?
A: To go to new stars, it’s fun to represent the unknown.
M: I would prefer to stay here, I don’t think I’d like to travel to outer space or go to the center, I think I would remain contemplating how others would do it.
N: A little bit of both, I would like to travel to new stars, meet new things, new worlds, to get imbued with wisdom, although I would also like to travel to the center of the earth, to really get to know where I am, where I live.
Planet Earth is full of violence, death, wars, misbehavior, and battle for everyday life… just to extend your time of leaving… There’s has to be something more than that… which humans can’t see and comprehend right? Possibly, those who take care of our fate have only given us these ways out. What do you think?
A: Power is the worst vice and fault in humanity, without the hunger for power evilness wouldn’t be able to survive.
M: It’s a wide subject and it’s hard to express an opinion in few words, but I think ambition appears and destroys purposes, power itself is a disease, there are many powerful people in the world that could actually do things to improve humanity, but sadly, they act for their own benefit, perhaps we need deep structural changes and why not mention this, for politicians around the world that have been over 50 years owning the power, to go home and allow other generations in.
N: Unlike my band mates, I don’t think power is a bad thing, I think it’s good to establish certain patterns of order, however what affects the world severely is the lack of temperance by the people with power, who quickly fall into this magnificent feeling and don’t manage to balance it or deliver it in the right manner. It’s a complicated issue, it would be enough to take a look to the ancient world’s history to realize, together with the issue itself, how cyclic our history is in this subject.
Can music and which kind of music re-unite the whole world and make humans respect each other, respect life and live together without evil in their hearts?
A: Music represents emotional states, before creating music there must be a feeling of completely eradicating evilness.
M: Music itself reunites all the people; any kind of music is a cure. All the musical styles are able to bring calm and peace to people.
N: The music represents people, feelings, emotions, to transmit with it the lived experience, taking into account all of this, I think every kind of music can bring calm to people, can bring them together, to share and support one another. Now, I don’t think it’s a good idea to eradicate evil, since without it we wouldn’t be able to see and enjoy goodness.
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Thank you so much Thanos and Grande Rock for giving us the opportunity to tell you a little bit more about The Fallacy. This has been the most peculiar interview we’ve answered and at the same time very entertaining. Remember you may find more info about us in our different social networks. The Fallacy is Gothic Rock with Real Feeling. Stay Goth and follow The Fallacy.