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"Faithdown"

Published on April 13, 2006- Toronto

Written by: Maytina

I first heard Faithdown in March at a show at Lee's Palace. I was specifically there to see/get some photos of Flatlined, and when I walked in Faithdown were on. After one song, I was getting out the camera to snap some pics of these guys too. I'm really hesitant to describe their sound, so just download the song and I wont have to. I will say that Faithdown is made up of four guys who are passionate about and dedicated to their goals, and really, there's nothing hotter than having big dreams.

We've got Justin as vox, Anthony on guitar, Nick behind the kit, and Paolo on bass. They've been going at this for six years now and show no signs of slowing down. In mid-April, Anthony did an email interview with me, about their newly recorded work, and their decision to hold off on releasing an album.

So to set the stage, Anthony and Nick are brothers, and Paolo is a longtime friend. The three of them used to, 'get together and jam until one day we realized that we had some cool song ideas without vocals', says Anthony, 'so [we] decided to search for the right singer and ultimately found Justin to complete Faithdown.' Get Right, I think, is a really good song to hear the cohesion of the musical elements of the band, and how underlined it is with Justin’s vocals pulling it all together.

Faithdown go with a basic template for writing songs, something Anthony says comes naturally, 'they start off as a basic template and then they are introduced and played in rehearsal with the entire band. From there they are pre produced. Any changes would be done and then vocal melodies, harmonies and whatever else happens until we feel it's complete.'

The way they're going about getting their music out is different from the general record-release-promo approach. 'At this time we are concentrating on just making demos of our songs and have decided not to officially release a CD', explains Anthony, 'we want a full on deal. We will make our songs available to the public off the stage at our shows.' I love the concept of not releasing the CDs, but giving the show-goers a little something to pick up. So far, recording has been done at Messenger Sounds in Toronto with Rob Berger and Adam Messenger (up for a Juno!).

All that's really ever standing in the way is time and money, 'it takes lots of coin to record and have your own rehearsal space and pay for needed gear,' Anthony replies when asked about challenges they faced while recording. Which leads us to label support, and yes, they are looking for label support, as noted earlier, they want a full on deal. Explains Anthony, 'we just want a good, fair deal and want to be able to tour and continue making music knowing that the label backs the band.' And it's not that they're sitting on their asses waiting to be found, they've all been working on every aspect of the band themselves, says Anthony, 'at this point we do all website, graphics, logo's, fliers etc ourselves. I used to work for a graphic house before quitting about a year ago. I love doing graphics and have no problem doing them for the band. We all just love everything to do with getting the band to the level we want to get to.'

I ask a lot of bands what drives them to keep working on their music and playing shows and chasing their dreams and I get a lot of interesting answers, but this is just rad, to this question, Anthony replies, 'we don't know what else to do with ourselves. It's who we are.'

Link: http://www.viruszine.com/_noise/2006/april/faithdown/ - Virus Zine (www.viruszine.com)


"Faithdown- Interview October 2006"

Published on December 13, 2006- Toronto

Written by: Ilona Fridman

Q- Your name, Faithdown, what does it mean to you?

A- Justin Humes: It represents those times when all bands are having trouble and downtime, trying to figure out what you are doing with yourself, what you are doing as a band. It’s trying to truly believe in what you are doing, to put your "faith down" to guide the way.

A- Tones Chiarore: It’s not to be mistaken with any religious beliefs.

A- Paolo Debartolo: It’s basically taking all of the responsibilities upon ourselves and not relying on anybody.



Q- Growing up, was there any one song or album that made you stop and say, “That’s what I want to do?”

A- Tones: For me it was heavy bands like Metallica.

A- Paolo: For me it wasn’t necessarily so much a record or an album that led me to do what I was doing. I come from a big family who are all musical, so growing up and watching all of my brothers playing I felt left out, so I picked up an instrument. Now that I’m doing this I love it, wouldn’t change it for the world. If there was a record, I’d probably have to say Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.

A- Tones: Throw ABBA in there too! (jokes).

A- Justin: For myself, I was just lucky to have an older brother, so when I was young he had all of these awesome albums like Metallica Black album, Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusions I & II, AC/DC The Razor’s Edge. That really got me rockin’.



Q- How about now? What do you have in your CD player now?

A- Paolo: Right now? Besides our disc? The new Papa Roach record.

A- Tones: My CD player is all fucked up… wait, can I swear? Well my CD player sucks! But I have jazz in mine.

A- Justin: I don’t even know. I just put in a bunch of discs in. Today I had The Police Live!



Q- If you could tour with anybody, anybody at all, whom would you want to tour with?

A- Paolo: You know what, at this point I’d tour with anybody! But I’d really love to tour with Metallica. That would be a tough stage to share.

A- Tones: If we had to choose, I’d like to tour with Linkin Park.

A- Justin: Foo Fighters.

A- Tones: Green Day! It would be cool to play with some bands that are rockin’ right now.



Q- Since you spend so much time together, you are probably all very close, but if the four of you were put on the show Survivor, who would win?

A- Tones: Of course me. Because I AM A SURVIVOR! I listen to Destiny’s Child (jokes).



Q- What do you want people to think or feel after seeing your live show?

A- Tones: ‘I wanna go buy their record.’ Or, if they already have it, ‘I wanna go buy another one of their records.’

A- Justin: Well that depends. If you’re playing to a younger audience like an all-ages show we really want to inspire. I was inspired when I was younger and we really want to be able to do that for someone else.



Q- What’s next for Faithdown?

A- Tones: We’re going to keep doing what we do. We’re going to keep writing, keep playing, and eventually, hopefully, very soon sign the name on the dotted line.

A- Justin: We’re working on writing, playing and shopping around.

http://www.myspace.com/faithdown
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Link: http://www.torontoindie.com/?p=64
- Toronto Indie.com


"Faithdown"

January 17, 2006

Written by: Lisa- co-owner of Phoenix Fire Radio

I have to say this.... Being a radio station owner I hear thousands of new
bands from around the world. In a nut shell, you have to be the best I have
heard in a while. From those thousands that I have heard, only 4 bands have
made it into our rotation. You have an excellent sound and the band you
have put together is very tight. Without a doubt, in my personal opinion,
you will go very far!
- Phoenix Fire Radio- www.PhoenixFireRadio.com


Discography

1) RADIO AIRPLAY:
“BROKEN”
- 103.3FM The Edge (Buffalo, NY)
- 97.7FM HTZ-FM (St-Catharines/Niagara, ON)
- 107.9FM Y108 Rocks (Hamilton, ON)
- 94.7FM Hits FM (Seaway Valley, NY/Montreal, QC)
- 101.5FM Mohawk Radio (Hamilton, ON)
- 1390AM Chev Radio (Oshawa, ON)

“DISCONNECT”
- 107.9FM Y108 Rocks (Hamilton, ON)
- 105.5FM York University Radio (Toronto, ON)
- 800AM CJAD (Montreal, QC)

"Get Right"
- 800AM CJAD (Montreal, QC)

"Mona Lisa"
- 800AM CJAD (Montreal, QC)

2) INTERNET RADIO AIRPLAY:
“BROKEN”
- Phoenix Fire Radio (www.PhoenixFireRadio.com)
- Dark Cloud Radio Promotions (www.myspace.com/darkcloudradiopromotions)

“DISCONNECT”
- Phoenix Fire Radio (www.PhoenixFireRadio.com)
- Fredrickville Radio (radio.fredrickville.com)

"BREAK THE ISLAND"
- Phoenix Fire Radio (www.PhoenixFireRadio.com)

"GET RIGHT"
- Phoenix Fire Radio (www.PhoenixFireRadio.com)

3) STREAMING:
www.myspace.com/faithdown
- Broken
- Disconnect
- Get Right
- Break the Island

www.faithdown.com
- Broken
- Papercuts
- Disconnect
- Get Right
- Break the Island

www.garageband.com/faithdown
- Broken
- Papercuts

www.sonicbids.com/FaithdownMusic
- Broken
- What Have I

www.hollywoodmusic.tv/faithdown
- Broken
- Disconnect

www.purevolume.com/faithdown
- Broken
- Disconnect
- Get Right
- What Have I

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Bio

What is Faithdown? It stands for the attitude of putting all your trust into your hopes and dreams, and believing in yourself to achieve your ultimate goal. This is the driving force behind the band, which powerfully characterizes their integrity.

Faithdown is a four-piece melodic modern alternative rock band with Justin on vocals, Tones on guitar, Nick on drums and Paolo on bass. Formed in 2002 by brothers Nick and Tones, the foundation of the band was quickly solidified when they invited long-time friend, Paolo, to join them. Finding the right front-man for the band did not occur overnight and in 2005, they found a perfect fit in Justin to complete Faithdown as you see and hear it today. Since then, the guys have been putting their stamp of big hooks and hard-hitting songs to the test on the local club scene and time after time, people are blown away by the weight and energy of their live show.

Early on, Faithdown established a very close working relationship with Doug Adams (Pyrotek Special Effects Inc), who played an integral part in the band's development. Doug continues to play an important role in the band's production affairs in the studio and beyond. The band has recently started working closely with engineer and ProTools 'Guru' Mike Gillies, who has worked with a number of legendary artists such as Metallica, Motley Crue, Bryan Adams, Willie Nelson and more.

Faithdown has had the chance to share the stage with several major label Canadian artists including Three Days Grace (Jive/Zomba), Sum 41 (Aquarius Records), Pilate (Universal/Maple Music), and I Mother Earth (Universal). The band has also had their music featured on a number of regional radio stations in Southern Ontario as well as the Greater Montreal Area and Northeastern/western New York including 103.3FM The Edge (Buffalo, NY), 94.7FM Hits FM (Seaway Valley, NY/Montreal, QC), 97.7FM HTZ-FM (St-Catharines/Niagara, ON), 107.9FM Y108 Rocks (Hamilton, ON), 101.5FM Mohawk Radio (Hamilton, ON), 105.5FM York University Radio (Toronto, ON), 800AM CJAD (Montreal, QC) and 1390AM Chev Radio (Oshawa, ON).

Not only has Faithdown been turning heads and creating a buzz locally, the band has been building a solid fan base that spans the globe from Germany to Australia thanks to their website and Myspace page. Their website (www.faithdown.com) has received over 70,500 hits since its re-launch in the fall of 2005 while their Myspace page (www.myspace.com/faithdown) has received over 129,250 plays since they became a member in late 2005. In addition, a number of online radio stations have requested Faithdown’s songs to add to their rotation and share to a worldwide audience via the internet including Dark Cloud Radio Promotions, Fredrickville Radio and Pheonix Fire Radio where their song "Disconnect" was the #1 requested song on the station's Top 10 the week of Jan. 29th, 2007. The online hits continue to increase every day as the word spreads about the band and their music.

Right now, Faithdown is ready to bring it to the next level and they are prepared to do anything and everything it takes. It looks like nothing will stop them from getting there. "Put your faith down to guide the way".