PHILIPPINE “post-hardcore” Christian band Firefalldown released its first single in three years, “Kahulugan,” a song about finding meaning and truth.
Initially founded in 2007 in the United Kingdom, Firefalldown was originally a punk and funk group which “toured the UK relentlessly,” according to the group’s Facebook page, and independently released an EP in 2008, Commissioned, and a full album in 2012, These Wounds.
In 2013, the band’s frontman and main songwriter, Jon Blaylock, decided to come home and relocate the band to the Philippines.
“We slowed down quite a bit for a few years as I navigated my way through the transition from London to the Philippines but the dust has settled and Firefalldown has never been more of a force to be reckoned with,” Mr. Blaylock said in a release.
He described the band’s sound as something that has evolved into “rhythmic post-hardcore with pop leanings,” but he noted that the band’s vision remained the same: “I’m a follower of Christ before I am anything else, so my priority in all things is speaking and living biblical truth.”
The band’s influences include bands like Red Chili Peppers, Incubus, and Skindred though Mr. Blaylock said that he also listens to motown and jazz.
“The band is probably more overt about this than it has ever been,” he said.
During the press launch on April 30 at the Warner Music Philippines offices in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Mr. Blaylock noted that the band “exists primarily” to spread the word of God and in some ways they can be called a Christian band though he has qualms about using the term.
The group’s new single, which comes three years after its last album Halimaw, is all about “looking for meaning and the truth in all the wrong places.”
The band has gone through several lineup changes through the years but Mr. Blaylock said that his current members — Jedd Manjares on drums and Djimi Django on bass — are a “perfect fit.”
“I’ve really enjoyed being in a band with these guys. There’s a real excitement and chemistry and being on the same page,” he said.
The band is currently in the middle of its #Truther Tour which is bringing it to several locations nationwide including Naga and Laguna. — ZBC