Step Forward Press Release for Rowche Rumble, July 1979
THE FALL / STATEMENT
ANOTHER BRANCH ON THE TREE OF SHOW BUSINESS ?
The new single. Double-A side. Songs: "ROWCHE RUMBLE" (Look At What The People Around You Are Taking) This is a great dance number and combines a cheek-in-tongue put down of a popular sweetie with The Fall's tribute to Racey. Dig it.
"IN MY AREA"
It's primal scream time again folks as The Fall attack their enemies, get tight, & disprove the theory that might is right. The most difficult song they attempt the mistakes are glorious. Smith almost sings on it-like he says in another Fall tune: "I don't sing just shout-heavy clout heart out! An artist predicting the future?)
That's the only way to get it right. Maybe Johnny Cash'd sound like this if they'd kept him in San Quentin. Maybe it's white trash trying to talk back. "Former friends suck on the fall/ genuine white crap article/ their future cries of broken pain are idiot victims just ends to the madness in my area"
PERSONNEL MID to TERMINAL 79
The Fall have a new line-up following the departure of Martin Bramah. There are now six of them (like dice):
YVONNE PAWLETT (19) elec. piano. Yvonne, like her music, travels a lot, and so would you if you came from Doncaster. Never plays the same thing twice-her notes are ex another dimension while keeping to the songs basic requirements--this is most noticeable on "In My Area."
CRAIG SCANLAN (18) elec. guitar. New member, left-handed. Craig is the bookworm of the group. His genius is still in formation. Plays cranky lead that flows. Fave LP is "White light/white Heat"- Ex Staff 9. Brought classic song "Choc-Stock" with him.
MARK RILEY(17) elec. guitar. By Fall standards, a veteran. Formerly on bass and can be heard on "Witch Trials." Very popular with younger Fall-fans, gets letters asking for guitar lessons etc. How touching. Band's manager says he reminds her of young Brian Jones. Switched to guitar as there was a lot of music buzzing around in his Cancerian brain, and to make way for his best friend:
STEVE HANLEY (18) bass guitar. Totally natural bassist, much revered by Smith who saw Martin's exit as the perfect opportunity to bring him in. Always hung round with the band and is The Fall from head to toe. Giant in stature and mind. Not many people have heard him talk.
MARK E. SMITH (22) vocals. Founder and lyric writer. Called a dictator by many. Audiences love him ha ha. Has problems at dry cleaners viz;"How did your coat get like that, Mr Smith?' "What do you do for a living!" "I hang around old buildings for hours and get very dirty in one hour."
MIKE LEIGH (23) drums. Mike is straight but great, ex rock n roll revival band. Plays standing up sometimes. Big man but big heart. Ex bouncer and is serving penance with the Fall.
THE FALL / HISTORY AND DISCOGRAPHY
Formed late 1976 by Mark E. Smith [vocals, lyrics and then gtr.], Tony Friel and Martin Bramah both since departed. First gig June 77. Played with most of the famous and seminal new wave bands. The Fall were often courted for their credibility quota.
No record company would come near so in early 78 they approached Step Forward Records thru Danny Baker and S.F. agreed to release a Nov.77 tape [EP. Bingo Masters). And due to good response to that things recording-wise grew from there. Line-ups have been numerous and in their time The Fall have played free, big, little, youth club and benefit gigs. Have flirted with all types of "scenes" but have always independence from them as they think their music is trend-less and timeless.
The Fall aim to be around for a while yet and are presently procuring fans of all ages from 12 to 40. This is good as there is always people around who don't accept what is fed them and have a taste for esoteric music with a good beat. It is said that The Fall are overrated by the music press(which is the bands main form of publicity). But the people who say that wouldn't pay for huge Fall advertising campaigns and are probably the sort who keep the pic disc industry turning over.
"BINGO MASTER/PSYCHO MAFIA/REPETITION" [S.F.7) rel.june 78
"IT'S THE NEW THING/VARIOUS TIMES" (S.F.9) rel.nov 78
"ROWCHE RUMBLE/IN MY AREA" (S.F.11) rel.jul 79
by and for the fall.
"LIVE AT THE WITCH TRIALS" [S.F. LP1) REL march 79
The Fall also appear on "Live at the Electric Circus" album, tracks being: "Steppin Out" and "Last Orders" On Virgin records. rel.jun 78.