One of life’s sublime ironies is that traumatic events give rise to great art. Rock ‘n’ roll, cathartic by nature and visceral by design, is the ideal medium for cleansing the soul, exorcising the blues and kicking out the jams. Beyond the Fall’s Jason Wilkinson knows this all too well.
As the Vancouver quintet’s founder, songwriter, singer and guitarist, Wilkinson crafted the title tune of the band’s debut five-song EP, “A Day in the Death Of,” in the wake of a particularly nasty breakup. “Writing is my diary,” he says. “When I write a song, it’s about something I’ve gone through in my life. That song is about the last big fight in a relationship, the one where you say everything you don’t mean. The one when you drop the bomb.”
It is no coincidence that “A Day in the Death Of” uses war metaphors to deliver its message, nor that its im- mediate impact leaves a lasting impression. Equal parts punk and power pop, the song is thunderous yet melodic; dynamic but relentless. And like the best rock ‘n’ roll, you can sing along to it.
“This is rock that appeals to people across the board,” says Wilkinson. Since its release the song has been downloaded close to 30,000 times, and shows no signs of stopping. " It has really touched alot of people," noted Wilkinson, " The day it hit radio our myspace hits went through the roof, teens especially have embraced the song, its becoming an anthem among the brokenhearted".
Formed in 2008, Beyond the Fall released their debut A Day In The Death Of in May 2008, following it up with a blitzkrieg of incendiary live shows that solidified their ever-growing fan base in North America. Plum spots at events such as VirginFest, Foxfest, New Music West, the Molson Canadian House Party, the Coors Lite Trauma Tour and Toronto’s North by Northeast proved key to exposing the band to po- tential fans, as well as media and industry reps. Meanwhile, opening slots for established acts including My Chemical Romance, the Killers, Sum 41, and Billy Talent likewise garnered Beyond the Fall much-deserved attention. The band criss-crossed North America 3 times in 2008, and took a much needed rest in 2009 to write the follow up to their debut EP.
Beyond the Fall entered the studio with producer Jeff Dawson (the man behind State of Shock, as well as Daniel Powter’s No. 1 hit, “Bad Day”) and engineer Mike Fraser (who has worked with AC/DC, Aerosmith, Metalli- ca and Mötley Crüe, among others). “They understood my vision and we wanted to work together,” says Wilkinson.
Ditto for Beyond the Fall’s lineup: guitarists Phil Bell and Andrew Creed, bassist Cole Rideout and drummer Seamus O’Neill. “When these guys joined,” says Wilkinson, “I already had the image set. I knew how I wanted us to sound, how I wanted us to look and how I wanted us to be. They came onboard loving the fact that there was a specific goal in mind, and it has worked out great.”
Indeed, the single “Day in the Death Of” has already bent ears at rock and alternative radio. “The course of the band has changed considerably thanks to that one song,” says Wilkinson. “I want the world to hear that song.”
In early 2010 the band released their new single This Time Around (Ready To Go) with all the soldout fanfare and rock n roll allegiance they could muster. The band walked onstage on January 15 to its first show in almost a year to a sold out crowd in Vancouver. " The song kicks ass" says Wilkinson, "It delivers you a kick in the face off the top and keeps firing on all cylinders until the end, its the get up and fight anthem that our countries need after the year we just had. You'll hear this song in video games and sporting events very soon!" he adds.
2010 is a new year for music and Beyond The Fall is ready to take the industry and the hearts of fans new and old by storm. This Time Around, the band is ready to go...
Band MembersJason Wilkinson-Vocals/Guitar
Phil Bell- Guitar
Andrew Creed- Guitar
Cole rideout- Bass
Seamus O'Neill- Drums