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"Fall Back Plan's CD Release Party Rocks!"

FALLBACK PLAN 2.1.08 Fletcher’s Baltimore, MD

By Bob Suehs


Band Members: Donice - Vocals; Brian - Guitar; Ken - Drums; Geoff - Bass

Fallback Plan are an interesting new rock band, recently burst onto the Baltimore music scene with a fun mix of pop energy, hard rock rhythms and even a touch of funk at times, BUT, very little that you’d even notice, and the core of the bands sound is power-pop rock and there’s no denying that the bands singer, Donice, has one of the most powerful singing voices in the area...her vocals could honestly be used in total pop songs, but she chooses to sing with a band that has a harder edge, and that’s what REALLY sets the band apart from any other rock band in this area!

On February 1, 2008, the band released their first CD and threw a release party at Fletcher’s in Fells Point, & I was really surprised by the amount of people that came out to see the band celebrate the release of their debut CD! The opening bands all had a nice crowd, but when Fallback Plan took the stage, the room was packed, it was standing room only, & the band played a really tight hour long set that even included a new song that didn’t even have a title, that was not on the new CD!

Donice strutted across the stage with a sexy demeanor, in a short shirt and fishnets, while the band held down the tempo’s of the music with passion and power! At one point Donice made a funny comment that you could tell where her family and friends where in the crowd, because they were the only black people in the crowd..that was actually NOT true though, because there was a diverse crowd there to see the band and I like the fact that Donice has a unique stage presence where she will joke, laugh, smile, and say things to get the crowd going, but when it comes to her her singing, it’s totally serious, full on, and there’s no games at all! Ken and Geoff might be easily overlooked when you see the bands live show, because Donice is easily the focal point, but these 2 guys really anchor the rhythm of the band and guitarist Brian keeps the rock riffs flowing as well.

Honestly, at time, the Baltimore music scene can get a little stale and stagnant ... what I mean is, there’s not a lot of diversity at this point..it honestly seems like all the truly interesting, creative, and “different” bands that break the mold of your typical band, have all but gone away, so when I see Fallback Plan playing live, it’s really refreshing to see, hear and experience something new, fresh and different than what you will normally see when you are checking out the Baltimore music scene! Fallback Plan is a band that’s got sex appeal, rock ethics, and a lust for their craft, all wrapped into their own unique genre that’s a mix of rock/pop and seriously, they are just a breath of fresh air to the scene! For more info on Fallback Plan, check out:

www.fallbackplanband.com or www.myspace.com/fallbackplanband

- SEN BALTIMORE


"Fall Back Plan announces mini tour to support upcoming LP"

After an impressive and progressive 2008, Fall Back Plan is ready to hit the road to support the upcoming LP, Dance In The Reign. Formed in 2007 by veterans of the Baltimore/DC Rock scene, Fall Back Plan is on its way to the top of the regional rock food chain. Fronted by Donice Cully and rounded out by band members Brian Shealey, Geoffrey Gill and Ken Crawn, this powerhouse alternative rock act is gaining recognition quickly for energetic live shows, tight song-craft, killer vocals and undeniable hooks. Their debut EP, The Starting Over (Feb.08), has gained great reviews and continues to gain in sales on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and other digital outlets.
In addition to their debut EP, 2008 was filled with appearances, licensing placements and exclusive performances. Fall Back Plan appeared on Comcast’s Backstage with Barry Nolan, the ESPN Zone, the Road To Dew tour, the Baltimore Ravens Kickoff and MTV’s Spankin’ New Music week. They were also invited to showcase at the Los Angeles Music Network Jam and Universal Motown’s Rock NYC. Three of the five songs off of The Starting Over EP were used for licensing placement on E! channel’s Living Lohan and Keeping Up with The Kardashians.
This year, Fall Back Plan continues their journey to stadium status. With popular singles such as "Out of My Head" and "Burn", fans are quite anxious for the upcoming full length album Dance in the Reign. The album, much like the EP, takes a melodic spin on today's cutting edge alternative rock sound. “We chose the title Dance in the Reign because we want this album to represent the freedom to be proud of one self regardless of how that pride is perceived by others” says lead singer Donice Cully. “FBP has grown as a band, we’re stretching our melodic range as well as trying new stylistic infusions..but at the end of the day, we want to continue to display our musicianship and write catchy, well-crafted songs that our fans can appreciate” says guitarist Brian Shealey. The LP is
slated for a Spring 2009 release. The dates for the mini tour will be announced in February. - Musaic PR


"Top 5 Bands in Baltimore"

The Top 5 Local Bands in Maryland for 2008
by Bob Suehs


Ok, so as a collective, the Baltimore Music Scene was a strong force for 2008...there hasn’t been this much action & attention in the local scene for many years & if I’m being very honest with you, over the past few years, the local scene really went through a dry spell, but in 2008 the local music scene really got a much needed jolt in the rock department!

I compiled a list of the top 5 local rock bands from the Maryland area based on a few simple things: How much of an impact the band made on the scene & it’s fans, How much the band achieved overall, & this list is based solely on which bands did the most to promote their brand & their music, which bands kept doing what they do without compromise, & overall, this is a list of the top 5 bands in the area that have the best shot at rock stardom & success, so if you’re in a local band in the Maryland area & didn’t make the list this year, read below to see what you can do to make the list for 2009, because these 5 bands busted their asses, poured their blood, sweat & tears into what they believed in & they proved that Maryland still has a thriving scene & they give music fans a reason to go out & see live music! With that said, here’s my list of the top 5 local rock bands from Maryland for 2008....drum roll please:


Number 5:

FALL BACK PLAN

Fall Back Plan burst onto the local music scene last year playing their first show ever (which I was at I might add!) & ever since that point they’ve consistently played live shows non-stop, promoted their band heavily via fliers, posters, & perhaps the most interesting thing I witnessed this band do was, the bands guitarist got into a boxing ring & literally boxed for the chance to open up for a national act at Power Plant & he actually won! Musically, the band is female fronted, & their singer brings a soulful/pop driven quality to their music & the most interesting fact is, their music is NOT pop at all, it’s actually good harder edged rock that maintains pop value & singable choruses, while also keeping a very guitar driven sound. Fall Back Plan brings a nice sized crowd to ever show, they play out alot & the bottom line is, they kick ass as a live band, their music comes across well in their studio recordings & they definitely made their presence felt in the local scene.
- www.senbaltimore.com


"Fall Back Plan Review"

Imagine this – you’re a huge football fan, and you’ve just heard national recording artist, Trapt, has agreed to play at your favorite team’s (*cough Ravens cough*) kickoff party the weekend before the NFL season heads into week one. While there, you’re distracted by the bubbly cheerleaders making their way around the show, when your attention is successfully grabbed by an opening act that is simply kicking the stage right in the ass. Now when you combine football with a band this good, it seems like something you could only imagine – but Fall Back Plan is the real deal. The band is like a match made in PensEyeView Heaven, complete with guys and girl from the Baltimore-DC area.



Fall Back Plan started in July of 2007 as a writing project between lead singer Donice, Geoff Gill (Bass) and Brian Shealey (Guitar) while on a break from their respective bands (Donice was fronting The Sikes and Brian and Geoff were members of the band KaliCeleste). Since joining forces for good and recruiting Ken Crawn, they’ve won the Los Angeles Area Musicians Network (LAMN) competition and an NYC showcase judged by real music reps with real experience. The band has also produced "The Starting Over EP," which Geoff refers to as a “rock'em sock'em over the top in your face and around your brain experience that will leave you crying alone in a public bathroom begging for Daddy to do it again.” Whoa… well, all you really need to know, is that this local band is set to capture eardrums all over the nation. Period.

You can expect a lot from their live show; some killer hooks, provocative lyrics and Brian breaking something, somehow. Donice talk about their performance, “I think we pretty much deliver more than what you expect to hear. Records are normally over produced, so the live sound isn't always the same, but I think we do a pretty good job of replicating it and giving the audience the energy that the CD may not capture.” Sounds like you gotta get to a show. Check the schedule, check the EP, and get into the XXQ’s.


XXQs: Fall Back Plan

PEV: When the band came together did the connection between band members come naturally or were things a little rocky at first?

Ken: There was already a good chemistry musically with Brian, Geoff, and Ken having played together in other projects. B playing with D briefly and writing together transcended into the whole mix.

Brian: We met as me, Ken and Geoff were playing in another band, and Donice was singing for her band at the time. I called her up and said "let's write a song together" and we just clicked. We had a little musical 'adultery' from our respective bands with each other.

Geoff: I'd say we had a natural connection, mostly because of our band policy to all sleep together at our first band practice; just to get the ugly stuff out of the way and focus on business. We argued a bit about who would top and who would bottom, but once things get moving...let's just say it's a hard bus to turn around.

PEV: What type of musical influences did each member have that helped shape the sound of the band?

Brian: U2, The Police, Public Enemy and the Smashing Pumpkins. Also, the Far album 'Water and Solutions' is one of the great records I've ever heard in terms of sonic/production quality as well as material. Also, Radiohead's The Bends, OK Computer and Especially Kid A are some of my favorites as well. I can honestly say that Siamese Dream is the record that made me want to play guitar in a rock band.

Geoff: I come from a strong opera and live stage musical background and I think it comes through in my playing.

Ken: I have a lot of classic and progressive rock influences with a blend of jazz and drum and bass. It allows for interesting grooves backing the driven guitar riffs and powerful vocals. Donice: I'm pretty much all over the board. I listen to a lot of popular music and take bits and pieces from whatever "moves" me. This could be anything from R&B to Classic Rock.

PEV: Was there a certain point in your lives that made you realize music was going to be your career?

Geoff: When I realized I was awful at everything else but at least mediocre at music.

Ken: I started playing in rock clubs at the age of 14. I knew early that this is all I ever wanted to do.

Donice: Humm, basically when I looked at my options for majors in college. I wasn't interested nor good at anything else besides entertaining. I think some people where just made that way.

PEV: What was it like stepping into a studio to record for the first time as a band?

Brian: Well... Geoff and I are engineers and have our own Studio, where we recorded the Starting Over EP. The project really started as a recording project with us just writing with Donice, so stepping into the studio wasn't any different than any other day in the life of the band.

Geoff: Sticky.

Ken: It felt like any other day to me. I love it.

Donice: Awesome! Recording is cool because you get to actually analyze your songs and make changes for the better. FBP is the first band that I've been in where I'm actually excited about recording.

PEV: What can fans expect from your latest work, "The Starting Over EP"?

Ken: Powerful vocals, driving guitars, and a solid rhythm section.

Brian: Tightly written songs with big hooks that will stick in your head.

Geoff: They can expect a rock'em sock'em over the top in your face and around your brain experience that will leave you crying alone in a public bathroom begging for Daddy to do it again.

PEV: What can fans expect from a live Fall Back Plan concert?


Brian: Me breaking something ...(not on purpose.. and DEFINITELY not looking cool doing it...).

Ken: High energy, humor, and a real connection.

Donice: I think we pretty much deliver more than what you expect to hear. Records are normally over produced, so the live sound isn't always the same, but I think we do a pretty good job of replicating it and giving the audience the energy that the CD may not capture.

Geoff: Most of our fans are "shoe gazers" so we really don't have to do anything. I don't thing they even know what we look like. Our last show we just played a cassette of an older show through the PA and tried to look sweaty at the end of the set.
PEV: How is "life on the road" for the band? Good parts and bad.

Geoff: Ken is kind of competitive when it comes to car bingo...you know, when you check off things that you see when you are driving. It starts innocently enough but after a couple bottles of Smirnoff Ice, Ken has a hard time keeping his erection to himself.

Ken: I live for the road.

Donice: I like road trips as long as I'm not driving! Long trips mean at least a few mood changes, so expect to hear an argument of some kind. I'm pretty sensitive and emotional at times.

PEV: Any funny or interesting stories from your road trips?

Brian: Yes… But nothing I can repeat as my mother may read this.

Donice: New York, 3AM, White Castle!

PEV: Speaking of the traveling, your band has played up and down the East Coast. What has been your favorite city or venue to play?

Brian: Personally, I like Fletcher's in Baltimore, as it's our home venue. Also, anywhere in NYC is fun!

Geoff: My favorite gig was when we got to play a taping of the View in NYC. Rosie had just started and was really nervous, I could tell from all the palm sweat. Our music seemed to calm her down a bit. She's got this little spot right behind her ear and if you scratch it just right she moans like a lemur. I think Donice got laid at that show.

Ken: NY is always fun, but I would like to play Boston. I personally enjoy Northern Virginia, seems like people actually come out to hear unsigned bands.

PEV: Fall Back Plan has done very well in various contests and "Battle of the Bands" shows. To what do you attribute your success?

Geoff: Ever heard of "Taking one for the team?" Brian has.

Brian: Actually, we've only been in 1, which was a 'battle' in the sense that we had to physically fight other bands. We don't really believe in traditional 'Battle of Bands' because they are just a popularity contest, which has no bearing on a bands musicianship, ability, or how appealing they are to the audience. We did win the Los Angeles Area Musicians Network LAMN Jam NYC showcase we were in, but that was judged by reps from some major labels that were focusing on live performance and quality of material.

PEV: What has been the high-point for the band so far?

Brian: Our northeast tour that ended with us playing on the Barry Nolan show was pretty fun.

Geoff: We recently found out in a medical journal that our music is being used in a hospital in Munich to treat Restless Leg Syndrome in infants born addicted to heroin.

Ken: Hard to say. Our expectations are high.

Donice: I think opening for national act "Trapt". That was, by far, our biggest show.

PEV: Is there a certain atmosphere the songwriters of the band need to be in when writing music?

Brian: We write constantly. We're constantly trying to write better, more unique music. We love music, and are always trying to perfect our craft.

Ken: Musically it varies from a jam to an idea we develop together.

Donice: Writing for me is a mood. I'm either in the mood to write or not in the mood. I can spend two months on a song, or write one at band practice.

PEV: Is there a band out there that Fall Back Plan would like to collaborate with?

Brian: Timbaland or Missy Elliott would be cool. Also, Trent Reznor would be a lot of fun.

Geoff: This band is really a vehicle for me to fulfill my childhood dream to perform with the Boston Pops. But Cannibal Corpse has been a huge influence on my early musical development so they would be a close second. Plus they are really nice guys.

PEV: When the members of the band have some spare time, what does each member do to relax?

Brian: I compete in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

Geoff: I spend most of my time working on Mad Libs and smoking pipes.

Donice: Sleep.

Ken: Porn and ice cream.

PEV: What would your fans be surprised to hear about the members of Fall Back Plan?

Brian: Donice was a Teacher.

Ken: We're all very down to earth and easy going.

Donice: All the guys in the band are virgins!

Geoff: Donice was born with a tail. Ken used to be a man. Brian has 3 children but only knows about 1 of them. I once dressed up as a cat and climbed a tree so that firemen would rescue me.

PEV: Is there another up-and-coming band that you have played with or know about that you think we should all be looking out for?

Brian: Burn the Fields from Baltimore as well as A Freudian Slip. Those are both GREAT bands. Heavy, but unique and awesome at the same time.

PEV: What do you friends and family think about your music careers?

Ken: Supportive as long as it pays the bills...so not very supportive...

Donice: Supportive, I normally get my family to help sell tickets for shows... it helps us and makes them feel like a part of the band.

PEV: What is one word that would describe Fall Back Plan?

Donice: Tenacious

Brian: Driven.

Geoff: Superawesomeradicalstereophonicblastermaniascreamingcool!

PEV: So, what is next for Fall Back Plan?

Brian: World domination.

Geoff: Well, we want to play shows and sell albums, so, I think, once the new record is done, one of us will probably have to die. You know, something tragic like an overdose or hovercraft explosion. Not cancer; cancer takes too long and people get sick of hearing about it. So yeah, after that, look out Hollywood True Story!! We'll probably put a sick kitten on the album cover just for extra sympathy.

For more information on Fall Back Plan, check out: www.myspace.com/fallbackplanband
- http://penseyeview.com


Discography

Dance In The Reign (Debut LP) -August 2010
The Starting Over EP -2008

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Bio

Formed in 2007 by veterans of the Baltimore/DC Rock scene, Fall Back Plan is on its way to the top of the regional alternative rock/indie food chain. Fronted by Donice Cully and rounded out by band members Brian Shealey, Geoffrey Gill, Jeremy Reichwein and Ken Crawn, this powerhouse alternative rock act is gaining recognition quickly for energetic live shows, tight song-craft, killer vocals and undeniable hooks. Their debut EP, The Starting Over (Feb.08), has gained great reviews and continues to gain in sales on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and other digital outlets.

After an impressive and progressive 2009, the band released Dance in the Reign on LegendFactory Records in 2010 to rave reviews from the Mid-Atlantic Music community. The music on Dance in the reign is anchored with singles such as "Out of My Head" and "Lies" and multiple songs have been in regular rotation on regional Rock/Alternative Radio.

The album, much like the Starting Over EP, takes a melodic spin on today's cutting edge Indie/Pop/Alternative rock sound. “We chose the title Dance in the Reign because we want this album to represent the freedom to be proud of one self regardless of how that pride is perceived by others” says lead singer Donice Cully. “FBP has grown as a band, we’re stretching our melodic range as well as trying new stylistic infusions..but at the end of the day, we want to continue to display our musicianship and write catchy, well-crafted songs that our fans can appreciate” says guitarist Brian Shealey. The band also was picked out of thousands of submissions to open up 2010's ArtScape Main Stage in Baltimore. Artscape is the largest Public Art festival in the US. The band shared the stage with Cake, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Dionne Warwick and other national artists.

Another feather in the cap for the band in 2010 was the TV Series - 'Summer of Love', which chronicled the band's struggles and triumphs of being and independent artist trying to release a record with limited help from the outside. The 6-part series documented 6 months in the life of the band, behind the scenes in the studio, on-stage, and

In 2011, Fall Back Plan continues their journey to stadium status. Starting the year off with an Ultra-Successful tour of South Korea, playing for thousands of US Military men and women. The band was supporting Armed Forces Entertainment, and as a result has gained fans rapidly across the world.

FBP has played dozens of shows around the world. It's pretty impressive for a self-funded band. Fall Back Plan appeared on Comcast’s Backstage with Barry Nolan, the ESPN Zone, the Road To Dew tour, the Baltimore Ravens Kickoff and MTV2’s Spankin’ New Music week as well as nationally on ABC's The Edge with Jake. They were also invited to showcase at the Los Angeles Music Network Jam and Universal Motown’s Rock NYC. Songs off of both The Starting Over EP and DITR were Licensed for placement on E! channel’s Living Lohan, Keeping Up with The Kardashians and MTV’s Road Rules, The Gauntlet, a few independent films as well as the TV Series 'Summer of Love'.

Keep an eye on FBP to continue their rise to the top of the new music landscape.

www.fallbackplanonline.com