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Fallen Riviera

Redondo Beach, California, United States | SELF

Redondo Beach, California, United States | SELF
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"With their first full-length release Another World, Rock/Pop rookie sensations, Fallen Riviera bridges a generational gap..."

When it comes to music there aren't too many bands that parents and their children can agree on. Much like comparing great athletes of different generations, the contextual differences lead to countless hours of agreeable disagreement.

With their first full-length release Another World, Rock/Pop rookie sensations, Fallen Riviera bridges a generational gap that continues to grow wider as music is becomes more and more electronic.

The foursome was started by members Will Parry and Steve Ornest, who met while attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. Shortly thereafter they released the EP "Six Mines," which received critical acclaim. Most notably the band was named the 2011 Lauren Picard Emerging Artist of the Year Award at Cornell University.

While "Six Mines" showed raw talent and great potential, the aptly titled Another World serves as the group's true coming out party, displaying a level of depth and musicality that was not quite there yet on their debut EP.

This time around the guys hooked up with legendary producer Ken Scott (The Beatles, Pink Floyd, David Bowie) to create an album that combines soothing harmonies, with emotionally charged vocals and an overall chemistry that's markedly elevated from 2 years ago.

Songs like "Drained," "Move," and the album's first single "Somebody Take me" are more up-tempo, somewhat reminiscent of The Killers, while slower tracks like the piano-heavy, "Remember Me" and the Coldplay-ish "Another World Outside" show the somber side of love and life.

"Those Times Are Gone," is an upbeat, yet somber reminder that time doesn't stand still for anybody. It's the perfect song for a band that is ascending, to savor victories, both large and small.

The album's only miss is "My Last Mistake" which fails to show the same edge and vocal range that is prevalent throughout the rest of the album.

Overall this is an excellent debut and one that shows the underrated value of chemistry between a band and their producer. Perhaps its best qualities are its' timeless sound, which encompasses musical attributes from different eras, and its seamless harmonies.

If this is any indication of what's to come, it's safe to say the best is yet to come for this young band, who has come a long way and yet, with only two short years in the game, is only getting started. - The Examiner


"Fallen Riviera has created a dynamic following all over Los Angeles and they are gaining even more attention with the release of their first full-length album “Another World.”"

Pop Rock band, Fallen Riviera has created a dynamic following all over Los Angeles and they are gaining even more attention with the release of their first full-length album “Another World.”

The talented foursome came together when band members Will Perry and Steve Ornest met at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. They later moved to Los Angeles and began playing in local clubs. Soon after the group released an EP titled “Six Mines,” which was ranked album of the year by Music Connection magazine.

The release of their first album is sure to bring the band more attention and an even bigger fan base. The upbeat album is packed with unique lyrics and effervescent melodies. Listeners won’t be able to get enough of their well-written music.

Their music video “Those times are gone,” can be found on the band’s website and YouTube channel. In just two weeks of posting, it has become a fan favorite generating over 2,000 views.

The sound is reminiscent of a new aged Jimmy Eat World. Young, fresh and inspiring lyrics are just a few ways to describe Fallen Riviera’s music.

You can find “Somebody take me,” one of their latest creations on their new album. Fallen Riviera recently collaborated with Beatles producer Ken Scott to record this powerful song, which earned them a recent write up in Music Connection Magazine. The boys put on an incredible live performance and continue to keep their Los Angeles fan base coming back and wanting more. Viewers continue to flock to their shows to show their support of this up and coming group of musicians.

The song “This is who I am” is very easily relatable to listeners. Lyrics “I don’t care what you think of me because this is who I am,” continue to inspire. It is one of the highest ranked videos on their YouTube channel and for good reason!

Check out their album “Another World” on iTunes for more relatable lyrics and an unparalleled listening experience. - Hollywood Times Square


"Fallen Riviera has created a dynamic following all over Los Angeles and they are gaining even more attention with the release of their first full-length album “Another World.”"

Pop Rock band, Fallen Riviera has created a dynamic following all over Los Angeles and they are gaining even more attention with the release of their first full-length album “Another World.”

The talented foursome came together when band members Will Perry and Steve Ornest met at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. They later moved to Los Angeles and began playing in local clubs. Soon after the group released an EP titled “Six Mines,” which was ranked album of the year by Music Connection magazine.

The release of their first album is sure to bring the band more attention and an even bigger fan base. The upbeat album is packed with unique lyrics and effervescent melodies. Listeners won’t be able to get enough of their well-written music.

Their music video “Those times are gone,” can be found on the band’s website and YouTube channel. In just two weeks of posting, it has become a fan favorite generating over 2,000 views.

The sound is reminiscent of a new aged Jimmy Eat World. Young, fresh and inspiring lyrics are just a few ways to describe Fallen Riviera’s music.

You can find “Somebody take me,” one of their latest creations on their new album. Fallen Riviera recently collaborated with Beatles producer Ken Scott to record this powerful song, which earned them a recent write up in Music Connection Magazine. The boys put on an incredible live performance and continue to keep their Los Angeles fan base coming back and wanting more. Viewers continue to flock to their shows to show their support of this up and coming group of musicians.

The song “This is who I am” is very easily relatable to listeners. Lyrics “I don’t care what you think of me because this is who I am,” continue to inspire. It is one of the highest ranked videos on their YouTube channel and for good reason!

Check out their album “Another World” on iTunes for more relatable lyrics and an unparalleled listening experience. - Hollywood Times Square


"I'm back again bringing you a band called Fallen Riviera..."

Tuesdays are for Twitter!! I'm back again bringing you another band that is following me on twitter. Today I am brining you a band called Fallen Riviera from Redondo Beach, CA. They recently released their new album called Another World and you can find that on iTunes now. This band has captured my attention with their fun up beat sound that was paired with their highly entertaining video called Those times are gone.

I think I felt an instant connection to the lyrics because my desk here at the office and my personal one at home are both covered in toys that I regularly play with, just like the main character in this video. I think we all should show our playful side because those days of childlike innocents dont actually have to go away if you dont want them to.

I'm pretty impressed with the quality of their sound and this video. I expect to see much more of Fallen Riviera in the near future. They list that they will be in Long Beach at Party on Pine on June 22nd, so if you like them as much as I do, go to their upcoming show and share the love! Thanks for the follow guys! We love what you are doing! - San Diego Music


"I'm back again bringing you a band called Fallen Riviera..."

Tuesdays are for Twitter!! I'm back again bringing you another band that is following me on twitter. Today I am brining you a band called Fallen Riviera from Redondo Beach, CA. They recently released their new album called Another World and you can find that on iTunes now. This band has captured my attention with their fun up beat sound that was paired with their highly entertaining video called Those times are gone.

I think I felt an instant connection to the lyrics because my desk here at the office and my personal one at home are both covered in toys that I regularly play with, just like the main character in this video. I think we all should show our playful side because those days of childlike innocents dont actually have to go away if you dont want them to.

I'm pretty impressed with the quality of their sound and this video. I expect to see much more of Fallen Riviera in the near future. They list that they will be in Long Beach at Party on Pine on June 22nd, so if you like them as much as I do, go to their upcoming show and share the love! Thanks for the follow guys! We love what you are doing! - San Diego Music


"If you've grown tired of cookie cutter pop/rock bands where auto-tune and image take the forefront, here is your antidote..."

If you’ve grown tired of cookie cutter pop/rock bands where auto-tune and image take the forefront, here is your antidote. Modern rock gems such as the reflective “Those Times are Gone” or the plaintive “Somebody Take Me” are a feast for the mind and ears. Keyboardist Will Parry and guitarist Steve Ornest bring a Beatle-esque sensibility to the songwriting in terms of intelligent wordplay and honest emotions. And their vocal harmonies are rich and well defined. Drummer Aviv Cohen and bassist Matthew Denis provide an extensive range of rhythms that propel the tunes above standard radio fare. This is a disc that works on a “singles” level but is best enjoyed when appreciated in its entirety as an “album.” - Music Connection Magazine


"If you've grown tired of cookie cutter pop/rock bands where auto-tune and image take the forefront, here is your antidote..."

If you’ve grown tired of cookie cutter pop/rock bands where auto-tune and image take the forefront, here is your antidote. Modern rock gems such as the reflective “Those Times are Gone” or the plaintive “Somebody Take Me” are a feast for the mind and ears. Keyboardist Will Parry and guitarist Steve Ornest bring a Beatle-esque sensibility to the songwriting in terms of intelligent wordplay and honest emotions. And their vocal harmonies are rich and well defined. Drummer Aviv Cohen and bassist Matthew Denis provide an extensive range of rhythms that propel the tunes above standard radio fare. This is a disc that works on a “singles” level but is best enjoyed when appreciated in its entirety as an “album.” - Music Connection Magazine


"New music critique"

When an arena-sized vision meets its match in musicianship, songwriting talent and engineering skill, the result is something as impressive as Fallen Riviera. The foursome's radio-ready and film/TV-friendly fare peaks with "The Days of You" weaving U2, Coldplay, and Jimmy Eat World in its DNA along with a bridge built to inspire massive crowd response. Both "Curfew" and "White Dress" benefit from crafty songwriting, superior lead and backing vocals, agile guitars, drums that are spot-on, and production layering that's slick in the extreme.

Production: 9/10
Lyrics: 9/10
Music: 9/10
Vocals: 9/10
Musicianship: 9/10
Score: 9.0
- Music Connection


"New music critique"

When an arena-sized vision meets its match in musicianship, songwriting talent and engineering skill, the result is something as impressive as Fallen Riviera. The foursome's radio-ready and film/TV-friendly fare peaks with "The Days of You" weaving U2, Coldplay, and Jimmy Eat World in its DNA along with a bridge built to inspire massive crowd response. Both "Curfew" and "White Dress" benefit from crafty songwriting, superior lead and backing vocals, agile guitars, drums that are spot-on, and production layering that's slick in the extreme.

Production: 9/10
Lyrics: 9/10
Music: 9/10
Vocals: 9/10
Musicianship: 9/10
Score: 9.0
- Music Connection


"Where there's a Will, there's a way to make it big in music"

With the global stardom of Muse and now Metronomy's rise to prominence and critical acclaim, these are proving to be remarkable days for South Devon's music scene.

Success breeds success, so they say, and every young hopeful from this neck of the woods who has been inspired to pick up a guitar, match beats on the decks or mess around with a sampler will be hoping they are the next big thing to break through.

But one Torquay musician may well be ahead of the pack — even though he's had to take an unusual route towards the big time.

The Herald Express caught up with 25-year-old Will Parry while he was back in the Bay for a couple of weeks — during which he found time to indulge another of his talents, playing football for Abbotskerswell in the South Devon League — to visit friends and family from his new home in Los Angeles.

LA is where Will put together his four-piece band, Fallen Riviera, who have just completed a five-week tour of the States to showcase their first major CD, 'Six Mines'.

So how did the former Coombeshead College student, who went on to study at the London College of Music in Ealing, end up in the City of Angels in a band with three Americans?

"I left Torquay in 2007 when I went to Boston, Massachusetts, to study jazz piano and film scoring for two years at Berklee College," said Will.

"I found a new world out there. I started writing pop and rock music, and doing more singing and realised that was what I wanted to do.

"Being in Torquay and having lots of people you've been playing with forever was great, but out there I was a tiny fish in a huge pond. At Berklee there were people from all over the world — it was fantastic."

Will had met guitarist Steve Ornest at Berklee and the two decided to make the move to LA in 2009, where bassist Brock Pollock and drummer Mike Sutherland completed the line-up.

Keen to keep a link back to his home town, Will named the band Fallen Riviera — and it's possible to detect a hint of frustration that Metronomy had a similar idea and have stolen something of a march by naming their Mercury Music Prize-nominated album 'The English Riviera'.

Will said: "The name, Fallen Riviera, is a nod back to Torquay. I hadn't heard of Metronomy as they aren't too big out in the States yet, but I'm sure they'll make it out there if they carry on at the rate they're going. They'll get some attention."

Many well-established and successful British acts down the years have tried and failed to 'crack' America. So doing it from scratch required dedication and resourcefulness, and Fallen Riviera came up with a novel way of raising the funds to record their CD and get out on the road.

"We're in talks with people out in LA, an indie label, but we're not signed," said Will.

"We needed some money so we did a thing called kickstarter.com (a funding platform for creative projects which allows fans and benefactors make donations) and we raised $6,000 so we were able to get the record done, get the CDs pressed and do the tour, staying with friends and family in cities across the US."

The CD, 'Six Mines', was recorded at Total Access Studios in Redondo Beach, California, used in the past by bands including Guns 'n' Roses, Black Flag, Duran Duran and Supertramp.

Consequently, it meant Fallen Riviera were able to call upon the services of studio owner Wyn Davis, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, to produce the record.

The seven-track CD is a quality collection of well-crafted, radio-friendly songs ('Days of You' and 'Curfew' the pick) featuring joyous vocal harmonies, driving piano and soaring guitar lines.

Will admits to being a Coldplay fan, and the band name U2 and The Beatles among their influences, but there are other forces at work — some of the tracks could have come straight off The Feeling's 'Twelve Stops and Home' breakthrough album, Keane probably wish they'd come up with some of the melodies and arrangements, and even The Hold Steady's 'Boys and Girls in America' — minus the fat Les Paul riffs — bears vague resemblance in some passages.

With the record in the bag, it was time to hit the road and take it to the masses.

"We went out on a five-week cross-country tour in April and May," said Will.

"We went from LA, across the south then all the way to Boston. We played 23 shows in five weeks, which was unbelievable. We drove 8,000 miles, doing newspaper interviews in the day, radio interviews from the tour bus, doing the show at night then hit the road for 10 hours to the next city. It was our first time out on the road and it was wild."

It's the stuff of dreams for anyone who has ever strapped on a guitar and called out '1, 2, 3, 4...' with their mates in a garage, but the reality is that touring on a shoestring budget is hard work.

"It's exhausting," said Will. "There's four guys working every day, there's so little money and so little reward at the time — it's hard.

"We'd do the pres - Herald Express


"Where there's a Will, there's a way to make it big in music"

With the global stardom of Muse and now Metronomy's rise to prominence and critical acclaim, these are proving to be remarkable days for South Devon's music scene.

Success breeds success, so they say, and every young hopeful from this neck of the woods who has been inspired to pick up a guitar, match beats on the decks or mess around with a sampler will be hoping they are the next big thing to break through.

But one Torquay musician may well be ahead of the pack — even though he's had to take an unusual route towards the big time.

The Herald Express caught up with 25-year-old Will Parry while he was back in the Bay for a couple of weeks — during which he found time to indulge another of his talents, playing football for Abbotskerswell in the South Devon League — to visit friends and family from his new home in Los Angeles.

LA is where Will put together his four-piece band, Fallen Riviera, who have just completed a five-week tour of the States to showcase their first major CD, 'Six Mines'.

So how did the former Coombeshead College student, who went on to study at the London College of Music in Ealing, end up in the City of Angels in a band with three Americans?

"I left Torquay in 2007 when I went to Boston, Massachusetts, to study jazz piano and film scoring for two years at Berklee College," said Will.

"I found a new world out there. I started writing pop and rock music, and doing more singing and realised that was what I wanted to do.

"Being in Torquay and having lots of people you've been playing with forever was great, but out there I was a tiny fish in a huge pond. At Berklee there were people from all over the world — it was fantastic."

Will had met guitarist Steve Ornest at Berklee and the two decided to make the move to LA in 2009, where bassist Brock Pollock and drummer Mike Sutherland completed the line-up.

Keen to keep a link back to his home town, Will named the band Fallen Riviera — and it's possible to detect a hint of frustration that Metronomy had a similar idea and have stolen something of a march by naming their Mercury Music Prize-nominated album 'The English Riviera'.

Will said: "The name, Fallen Riviera, is a nod back to Torquay. I hadn't heard of Metronomy as they aren't too big out in the States yet, but I'm sure they'll make it out there if they carry on at the rate they're going. They'll get some attention."

Many well-established and successful British acts down the years have tried and failed to 'crack' America. So doing it from scratch required dedication and resourcefulness, and Fallen Riviera came up with a novel way of raising the funds to record their CD and get out on the road.

"We're in talks with people out in LA, an indie label, but we're not signed," said Will.

"We needed some money so we did a thing called kickstarter.com (a funding platform for creative projects which allows fans and benefactors make donations) and we raised $6,000 so we were able to get the record done, get the CDs pressed and do the tour, staying with friends and family in cities across the US."

The CD, 'Six Mines', was recorded at Total Access Studios in Redondo Beach, California, used in the past by bands including Guns 'n' Roses, Black Flag, Duran Duran and Supertramp.

Consequently, it meant Fallen Riviera were able to call upon the services of studio owner Wyn Davis, who has worked with some of the biggest names in the business, to produce the record.

The seven-track CD is a quality collection of well-crafted, radio-friendly songs ('Days of You' and 'Curfew' the pick) featuring joyous vocal harmonies, driving piano and soaring guitar lines.

Will admits to being a Coldplay fan, and the band name U2 and The Beatles among their influences, but there are other forces at work — some of the tracks could have come straight off The Feeling's 'Twelve Stops and Home' breakthrough album, Keane probably wish they'd come up with some of the melodies and arrangements, and even The Hold Steady's 'Boys and Girls in America' — minus the fat Les Paul riffs — bears vague resemblance in some passages.

With the record in the bag, it was time to hit the road and take it to the masses.

"We went out on a five-week cross-country tour in April and May," said Will.

"We went from LA, across the south then all the way to Boston. We played 23 shows in five weeks, which was unbelievable. We drove 8,000 miles, doing newspaper interviews in the day, radio interviews from the tour bus, doing the show at night then hit the road for 10 hours to the next city. It was our first time out on the road and it was wild."

It's the stuff of dreams for anyone who has ever strapped on a guitar and called out '1, 2, 3, 4...' with their mates in a garage, but the reality is that touring on a shoestring budget is hard work.

"It's exhausting," said Will. "There's four guys working every day, there's so little money and so little reward at the time — it's hard.

"We'd do the pres - Herald Express


Discography

Another World (LP)
Six Mines (EP)
White Dress (EP)

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Bio

Will Parry and Steve Ornest formed Fallen Riviera while attending the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After moving to Los Angeles the band hit the local club circuit hard, gradually building a loyal fan base. They released an EP called "Six Mines", which was ranked Album of the Year by Music Connection Magazine and awarded them the Lauren Picard Emerging Artist of the Year Award at Cornell University. They returned to the studio and began working on what would become their debut full length album "Another World". The first single "Somebody Take Me" was produced by legendary Beatles producer Ken Scott, and is now in rotation on terrestrial radio stations across the country. Fallen Riviera has most recently released a music video for their second single "Those Times Are Gone", which has been featured by AOL, MSN, and many other notable online and print publications.