Fallen Grey Ready To Rise Through The Modern-Rock Ranks

Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com.

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It would be completely acceptable for you to hate the modern-rock five-piece Fallen Grey. They're loud and contemporary and pseudo-aggressive and take pictures sitting in black leather chairs. Of course, those are all ridiculous reasons to hate them. There's only one good reason to hate: Because they're likely far more talented than you are.

Having been relatively quiet in Houston thus far, FG is poised for a breakout few months. Every day their sound gets honed closer and closer to that pinpoint laser destruction they appear to be chasing; from what we hear, their live shows are crisp and clean and energetic; and again, they have those pictures of themselves in those black leather chairs.

So we reached out to the sirs to cut it up about guitar demolition, the "worst" song on their EP and the meaning behind their apocryphal logo that's really not that apocryphal.

Rocks Off: Artist of the Week opener: Tell everyone everything they need to know about Fallen Grey in exactly six words.

Fallen Grey: Super-fun angry good-time band.

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RO: Rough estimate: How many guitars have you all destroyed at live shows?

FG: Three. Unfortunately, none of them were ours.

RO: Are you all aware that all of your online stuff is out of date? We were reading a blog of yours that looked promising, only to realize later that it was written in 2008. One time we accidentally drank a drink from a tiny carton of milk that was several weeks old. It was the worst. Updates, brother. Updates.

FG: Yes, keeping up to date with all our online stuff is one thing we need improve on as a band, but really it's Jay who dropped the ball on this one. It's his mess and we'll be damned if we're gonna clean it up.

RO: Let's say that you had to pick one song from your EP as slightly less awesome than all of the rest. Which is it? Why?

FG: For me (Tobin) it would probably be "Trapped." It's an awesome song that everyone just grooved on from the first time we jammed it, and it was definitely the easiest of the three to record.

However, when it came time to giving it all those dark nuances that make it a Fallen Grey song, we did most of it in post production, as opposed to "Comatose" and "Slideshow" where, with the help of our producer Jim Finley, we really deconstructed the songs and looked at different ways of approaching them, and in the end found a way for the guitars to work off each other to give the songs that darker tone.

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