5 Songs I Love w/Abandon The Fall
Following the release of their latest single 'Devours You' Ft Dayshell we were keen to find out more about what inspires the sound of Rock artist Abandon The Fall. We spoke to Juan Espinoza, who heads Abandon The Fall, to discover 5 tracks that have impacted him and his sound as an artist. Be sure to check out 'Devours You' at the end of this piece.
1. KoRn - Freak on a Leash
"This song was everything that KoRn established themselves to be early on and the musical territories later roamed. It held the raw nature of both their self-titled and Life is Peachy albums, and without compromise, there were refined elements added that made their sound much more digestible for a mainstream audience. "Freak on a Leash" was the springboard that shot them right into Issues. I wasn't making music at this point in my life. As a fan, I was in awe and inspired by the technical aspects of the song. The video was mesmerizing, to say the least. The mixture of animation and live performance footage was so well done. Definitely a top 5 fav that has stood the test of time."
2. Staind - Home
"By far, this is my favorite song from Staind. I always appreciated how in tune Aaron Lewis was with his songwriting. The intimacy and passion which he writes with was so wonderfully displayed behind the performance in this video. It was so theatrical, he played into the lyrics and made every word come alive. The opening lines to the song say so much in such a basic format - "I force myself through another day/can't explain the way today just fell apart like everything/right in my face". Adding in the visual aspect with Aaron sitting on the bed and reciting those lyrics was so magical."
3. Linkin Park - Crawling
"One of the things that I appreciated most about Linkin Park was the equal dedication that was put into the visual aspect. The album artwork, the videos. . . the imagery was always just as captivating. This song sent a heartfelt wave across the world that was received with open arms. Hybrid Theory went on to become an inspiration to many soon to be established artists, and that continued years later for up and comers like myself. The early releases (Enemy, This Hurt, Running from Myself) were a direct influence of the impact that the band had on me. Each song took on a specific element from the band. I was so happy to have that influence recognized on my first release titled "Enemy". As mentioned by A&R Factory's Amelia Vandergast, "Remember listening to Linkin Park's Hybrid Theory for the first time? The chill that crept across you as you drank in the melancholy which was wrapped around the Alt Rock EDM anthemic hits? Well, that's what is in store for you when you check out Abandon the Fall's single ENEMY".
4. Nine Inch Nails - Every Day Is Exactly The Same
"This is a band that I really dove into for an extensive period of time. I've always appreciated the level of attention and detail that was put into the visuals behind the music. Trent Reznor couldn't have picked a better art director than Rob Sheridan. It was so unfortunate that the music video for this song was cancelled in post-production. I love the build in this song. The haunting piano lines backed by the razor sharp angst delivered through Trent Reznor's vocal performance."
5. Deftones - Change (In The House of Flies)
"Deftones has been listed as an influence due in part to their creative nature. White Pony (and this song in particular) brought about a more sophisticated side of Deftones, at least in my opinion. Fashioned in the pioneering alternative metal element that Deftones birthed, this song was also backed by a hauntingly sedative and euphoric vibe. Their expressive and experimental nature was on full display on this song."
Watch Abandon The Fall 'Devours You'