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Happenings - Interview with William Duvall from Comes with the Fall

Electric Starr
October 2003 

Q: For those who haven't had the pleasure of hearing you, describe your sound/ vibe. Also are there any quirky tidbits the fans would be interested about hearing?
A:  Jeff Buckley being molested by Black Sabbath. We also get a lot of comparisons to the Hendrix Experience and early Soundgarden. All "quirky tidbits" can be found on our website

Q: Would you rather be a commercially accepted band, yet rejected by your original core fans or accepted by your core fans?
A: Ultimately, I would like the best of both worlds, like Led Zeppelin or U2 or Radiohead have enjoyed, where the audience is large but they trust you to lead them on an interesting journey. Of course, that kind of success is extremely rare. Most commercial success is fickle and fleeting, based on music industry concerns that have nothing to do with music. If I had to make a choice, I would rather have a smaller but faithful hardcore fanbase that knows every album inside out rather than any short-lived one-(or even two)-hit-wonder success, however massive. I'd rather be PJ Harvey over Peter Frampton. Any day.

Q: Who/ What are your musical/ life influences?
A: Too many to name. Everything from Ornette Coleman to Black Flag to the women in my life to lack of (enough) money.

Q: If you could go out on tour with any bands/ solo artists who would you choose? And why?
A: The Icarus Line. The Mars Volta. I think we would go over well with those audiences.

Q: Which one of you came up with the name of the band? What inspired you?
A: I guess I came up with the name. Inspired by alcohol and the film Rosemary's Baby. Check out both if you haven't already.

Q: What would you( as a band) like to be remembered for the most?
A: The honesty and timelessness of our music.

Q: Would you call yourself more of a studio band or a live band?
A: So far, we've mostly been a live band. Our first two albums, "Comes With The Fall" and "The Year Is One," were essentially recorded "live in the studio," with the band set up just as we would for a show and me playing guitar and singing simultaneously for many of the keeper performances. There were very minimal overdubs and no Pro Tools or digital manipulations of any kind. Just microphones, magnetic tape and a whole lot of attitude. Both albums were each recorded and mixed in 6 days. Our third album, "Live 2002," and the expanded DVD "Live Underground 2002," were recorded over three consecutive nights on our 2002 tour. The album and DVD were each mixed in one day. There was no overdubbing or "fixing" whatsoever. What you see and hear is what you get, exactly as it happened. I think this was the best way for a band like ours to start out, just capturing the raw essence of what we are, both in the studio and onstage, with no nonsense. It forced us to be focused and sharp and created a good foundation for wherever we might go with our music in the future. Now that we've accomplished that, I really look forward to our next album being more of a bona fide studio album where the studio itself becomes yet another instrument.

Q: What album and/ or song do you get more gratification out of playing?
A: It varies from night to night. "Unbreakable," "The 3 Wishes," "Strung Out On A Dream," and "Before The Fall" have all been consistent favorites in the past. Currently, I'm looking forward to playing the new songs that are being written right now.

Q: What are your thoughts on today's groupie scene? *note: no incriminating tidbits needed...just your opinion*
A: I think it's alive and well. As it always was and always will be.

Q: What sort of questions do you grow tired of answering in interviews?
A: See all of the above. But it's cool. I just make up different lies each time. JUST KIDDING!!