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Fall of Iris

Posted by October 21st, 2003 No Comments »

The mystical power of the Iris.Interview – Fall of Iris
Q & A With Christopher Newton (singer/songwriter of The Fall of Iris)
By Matt Ashworth

NadaMucho.com: Who the hell are The Fall of Iris?
Christopher Newton: Simple equation, two parts genius (Mike Peter drums, Patrick Woodall bass) and one part sophmoric jello, that would be me.

NM: What does your music sound like?
CN: Ah, the quintessential question that every band has to field. The musicianship has been compared to Bedhead and Pinback but although these are definite influences on the three we like to think that we have our own sound. Vague answer, I know.

The mystical power of the Iris.Interview – Fall of Iris
Q & A With Christopher Newton (singer/songwriter of The Fall of Iris)
By Matt Ashworth

NadaMucho.com: Who the hell are The Fall of Iris?
Christopher Newton: Simple equation, two parts genius (Mike Peter drums, Patrick Woodall bass) and one part sophmoric jello, that would be me.

NM: What does your music sound like?
CN: Ah, the quintessential question that every band has to field. The musicianship has been compared to Bedhead and Pinback but although these are definite influences on the three we like to think that we have our own sound. Vague answer, I know.

NM: Can you list some of those influences for us here?
CN: We are actually a band that dosen’t really wear our influences on our sleeves all that much, that might sound pretentious, but I really can’t hear anyone else in what we are doing. Some bands that we all enjoy listening to are Pinback, The Lights, Aveo, and Catherine Wheel, our music tends to have the same chorus effect that the later two bands exude.

NM: You recently changed your name from the very acceptible 27 Years to the very questionable “Fall of Iris.” Are you trying to appeal to the sensitive ponytail crowd? Gain a crossover audience with the band Live?
CN: Actually, 27 Years is another band that Mike and I play in. The Fall of Iris is a side project that started up about a month ago and we are just trying to appeal to everyone. We though it was a good name at the time, of course we were drunk.

NM: When exactly did Iris fall, and how hard?
CN: I’m not quite sure but we have our best people working on it.

NM: Do you have any recorded material or merchandise available for purchase? If so, where can our readers get their hands on it?
CN: The band just got off the ground and we are still in the process of writing and 4-tracking songs but there is talk about going into the studio sometime in early December to record a four song EP with our friends at Buttermilk Studios.

NM: What can folks expect from Fall of Iris when you play our Rendezvous at the Rendezvous Tuesday night?
CN: Chorus saturated dreamy pop music that will make you feel like you’re sailing the high seas. Hopefully no one will vomit, that would be tragic.

NM: What other local bands have you played with? What touring national acts would you most like to open for?
CN: Individually we have played with the likes of Asahi, The Super Magnificent Action Trio, The New Mexicans, Ophelia and the Great Idea, The Fakes and No. 13 Baby, just to list a few. Patrick actually just moved here from Chicago about two months ago so he was playing in that scene. I speak for the three of us when I say that we would love to open up for Pinback, Clem Snide, and The Shins, just to name a few.

NM: Name three Seattle bands who aren’t as good as The Fall of Iris.
> CN: I’m under the personal impression that every band in Seattle is probablly better than us right now. No wait, that is not true, the Rolling Stones cover band that practices across the hall from us sucks but don’t let them know that I told you that, the ramifications could be brutal.


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