Falling Through the Center of the Earth
Dan Boyle from Falling Through the Center of the Earth has a lot of new experiences to offer with his reiteration of the now defunct band Sirens. He and his band members continue to navigate New Jersey’s music scene with fresh-pressed songs,using their firmly planted roots as a springboard toward bigger sounds and bigger goals.
When did you first get involved with music?
Personally, it has been my biggest hobby and pastime for as long as I could remember. I grew up surrounded by music. My mother sings in the local church choir, and my dad used to play guitar. Our house was always filled with amazing music as I was growing up, and I feel like my entire childhood had a soundtrack behind it. From saving change to buy my first guitar when I was 13, to the first time that I ever did vocals, music has always been incredibly important to me. Besides doing Black Sabbath covers in my buddy’s basement, my first real band was started probably around 2007 with Pat and Ari, and we have been playing music together ever since.
What was it that led to the dissolution of Sirens, and what ultimately led you to re-form as Falling Through the Center of the Earth?
As cliché as it sounds to say, we wanted to go in a different direction. Sirens was a lot of fun and a serious learning experience for all of us, but we felt like our time under that moniker had come to an end. We are in a different place both musically and in life. We had been together for four years under the Sirens name, and eventually, after several member changes, it just didn’t feel right to call the band that anymore.
Is there a connection you want listeners to make between the two projects, or would you prefer that they approach these new tracks with a blank slate?
I think that listeners should approach this band with an open mind. There isn’t much correlation between the two bands besides a few members. Obviously, our sound is still going to shine through. My voice is always going to sound like my voice, and Bill, Ari, and Pat all have their own unique styles as well, so people are always going to make that connection between the two bands. But we have changed
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Which lesson learned from your previous musical projects has helped you most with Falling Through the Center of the Earth?
Let things roll off of your back. Use negative comments as motivation, but don’t dwell on them. If you let another person’s opinion or actions bother you for an extended amount of time, you’re just letting them win. Take every failure as a lesson and use that experience to prevent them from happening again. Do things because they make you happy, not because they make somebody else unhappy.
It’s an unfortunate reality, but musicians at your age are often forced to juggle their bands and their individual careers in order to find a balance between supporting themselves and giving the band enough time to succeed. Do you struggle with that balance as well, or does the band’s success take higher priority?
As any musician will tell you, it is essential to make sacrifices in order to see your musical career succeed. Our past bands have instilled a strong work ethic into our sound quite a bit and are approaching writing as more of agroupeffortnow, so I hope that listeners look at this band with a clean slate and come into it expect—hopefully we can blow those expectations out of the water.
The lyrics to your first single, “Interchange I,” appear to be very politically charged. Is there a certain message you want to communicate with those words?
Well, as I was writing the lyrics to “Interchange I,” the protests in Ukraine were really gaining some momentum. Revolution is the idea that our own country was founded on, and as an American, our approach to being a band. It is almost regimented at times. We have all taken a ton of time away from working and progressing outside of music, but we know that it is what we have to do in order to make this our full-time job one day. We want to be full-time musicians; that’s the goal. We have put years of our lives into touring, writing, and recording already, and we love it. We all share a common dream of being able to share our music with as many people as we can and playing for people every night, so what difference do a few lost hours make if it is all towards the big picture?
What is your favorite part of New Jersey’s local music scene? Least favorite?
I am more than grateful to have been able to experience the New Jersey metal and hardcore scenes while I was growing up. I feel like shows were an escape, and even though I didn’t realize it at the time, they instilled a lot of values in me and helped shape my current worldview. I know this makes me sound like an old, jaded “back in my day” sort of dude, but I kind of wish that shows were still something to do just because you wanted to get out on a Friday night. I feel like a lot of people don’t come out to a show unless a friend’s band is playing or it’s a super established band. I remember when all-local shows would draw more than a lot of current regional/national tour packages that come through. Those who are open to hearing a band for the first time at a show are a dying breed, it seems. Go into a show with an open mind, and you might be surprised what you find.
What is your biggest goal for Falling Through the Center of the Earth?
To speak to people, whether it’s through lyrics that get people to think or a guitar riff that inspires somebody to write their own. We do this for others as much as we do it for ourselves. I want to make music that touches people. As a fan of music first, nothing compares to the feeling of connection with a song. When it just clicks with you. The riffs that give you goosebumps. Music has a lot of magical qualities, and being able to relay those qualities to others would be the most important thing that we could do as a band
Feature Photo by Catalina Fragoso
This article first appeared in Issue 04