This coming Sunday, April 22, Belle of the Fall will be releasing their second album, “Rise Up” at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT. They have released the first video for the album which is also called “Rise Up”. We spent a few minutes with Julia Autumn Ford who is half of the duo along with Tracy Walton.
SOU: Why did you choose Rise Up as your first video?
“Rise Up” is the title track and seems to be the most popular song on the album. Additionally, we used a bunch of our fans in the video so it seemed like a good place to start.
SOU: I noticed “Rise Up” has no exclamation point. Most people, IMHO, take that as a mantra and use the exclamation point. Any reason why or is it meaningless?
I suppose we didn’t want people to think we were yelling at them.
SOU: How long have you been working on this album and what made the experience outstanding?
We have been working on this album on and off for almost two years. “Outstanding” is a strong word but what was interesting about this album is it’s almost a concept album. The songs all live in a very specific world with a very specific vibe. Exploring that world and uncovering that vibe was really intriguing and just a lot of fun.
SOU: I love the opener, The Great Unknown. How did that come about as a musical piece and as the opener? It’s so not like the album.
I was sitting at the board and Tracy just tells me out of nowhere to start recording. He goes in the live room and just starts bowing the same note on bass over and over and over again until eventually I’m like “what the hell is going on?” He hopped on the next instrument and still wouldn’t tell me what we were doing so I just went with it and pretended like I knew what was happening. We ended up making a really cool intro and outro (the outro is the intro backwards, incidentally) even though the whole time I really had no idea what exactly I was supposed to be producing.
SOU: Itsy Bitsy Spider?
He never fails to crawl back up the water spout. It’s a beautiful story. SOU: Truth.
SOU: What song is most meaningful or important to you?
“Spinning Around the Sun” is the most meaningful to me. Sometimes I get really frustrated with the human race. That song came during one of those times. It’s one of my favorites to play live as well, because people are really receptive to that song. I think a lot of us get frustrated with our own species.
We’ve had a few listens to this record and think you’ll like it. Stand outs for us are “Two”, “Nothing Left to Lose”, “Rise Up” and a personal favorite, “Super Moon” where Tracy Walton takes the lead.
We congratulate Belle of the Fall on their new record! You can check out Belle of the Fall Sunday night for their release party at Infinity Hall.
You can also purchase the album on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/48hDlJ8nvGCTFVLaS6KtOk?si=Vhw-1JWoSXqsQjUDyK5IbQ
Check out their BRAND NEW VIDEO, “Rise Up”.
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Lover of music and the visual arts, Lisa Sanchez Gonzalez is the insanity behind Strains of Uproar and lsg original photography. lsg specializes in artist and performer photography. She’s had the joy of photographing national bands including Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Ghost, Fleetwood Mac, TV on the Radio, Jason Isbell, Run the Jewels, Five Finger Death Punch, and In This Moment along with countless CT homegrown bands and performers.
Hailing from Hartford, CT, Lisa is a life- long music connoisseur. Growing up, her mother exposed her to everything from The Stones to Simon and Garfunkel to Earth, Wind, and Fire to Loretta Lynn…and everything in between. No genre was left unexplored in her vinyl collection. She saw her first concert at 14…Rod Stewart at the (then called) Hartford Civic Center. Thirty years later, it’s still her favorite pastime.
Lisa has two kids (grown!) and a day job. Her loves of music and photography have melded into a second career. And her love of CT keeps her promoting and pushing for local artists and performers. Lisa spends the greater part of her free time seeing and shooting live bands, performers, and artists and art work…and purchasing vinyl!
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