The Dying Falls
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"Driftwood" (EP), February 2012.

"Youth Goes Bad" (single), March 2012.



The Dying Falls are based in Cambridge, MA. Founded in Summer 2011 as a studio project of singer/songwriter Matt Axten (formerly of The Fixations) and producer/multi-instrumentalist Mark VanMiddlesworth, they became a full band in 2012 with the addition of bassist Dan Thorn (of Cambridge’s The Sinister Turns) and drummer Ben Simon (of The Double-Stops). Bonding over a shared enthusiasm for 1980s New Wave, girl groups, and caffeine, The Dying Falls’ music ranges from synth-driven rave-ups like debut single “Youth Goes Bad” to the sprawling roots-rock of standout album cut “Old Prisoner’s Song.”

In February 2012, the band released their debut EP, “Driftwood,” which is available for free download on their Bandcamp site ( In its first week, one of the songs—"The Sun Shines For Everyone (But Not For Me)"—received airplay on WMBR's Pipeline. The show's host also invited the band to play a live radio set (which they did).

In March of 2012, with the help of engineer Mike Liane and producer Mason Daring, The Dying Falls remixed two of the tracks on "Driftwood"—"Youth Goes Bad" and "Injury"—and released them as a single.

In the past several months, two songs off "Driftwood" have been placed on MTV's Jersey Shore, with a third placement scheduled for February 2nd's episode of Snooki and JWOWW (also on MTV).

The Dying Falls are preparing to record their second album in March (2013) at Woolly Mammoth studio in Waltham, MA.

“Driftwood is an album of nostalgic and underground charm.”
-Casey Lowrey, The Deli New England