Copenhagen, Denmark’s North Fall is comprised of Anders Belling (guitar and vocals), Kevin Hansen (guitar and vocal), David Nedergaard (bass), and Mikkel Moseholm (drums). Together, the band released their debut mini album Outside It’s Growing Light in January. A month after its release, A Music Blog, Yea? caught up with North Fall’s Anders Belling to discuss their gloomy single Protocol, their name, and who they’ve been listening to. Here’s what he had to say:
AMBY: Hello North Fall, welcome! Please introduce yourself to AMBY.
North Fall: Hi AMBY – my name is Anders. North Fall is a project I started with the help of some of my friends. I write the songs and produced our debut album. When we play live we are 4-5 people. We all live in Copenhagen, Denmark.
AMBY: Who or what inspires you as a songwriter and artist?
North Fall: I’m from a port town north of Copenhagen called Elsinore. That’s a place that will probably always be present in the sound and songs. Something about the wind, weather and water there. When I started writing lyrics (I was about 15) I was really inspired by ‘Fevers and Mirrors’ by Bright Eyes. There is something about the claustrophobia on that album, that I was feeling as well at the time (he really struck a teen angst nerve with that bleating thing). I didn’t start writing actual songs until some years later, where I picked up on the guitarwork of bands like Explosions In The Sky and This Will Destroy You and the acoustics of songwriters like M. Ward. Today I get a lot of my inspiration from books. I like writing songs while reading.
AMBY: Your album Outside It’s Growing Light is lovely! What’s the significance behind the LP’s title?
North Fall: It’s about the hours around sunrise. I recorded most of the album at night and had to be somewhat quiet due to ferocious neighbors. A lot of the songs are a bit dark but I definitely consider the album as containing hope and positivity. That the ‘light’ part. The album cover is black and white for that same reason.
AMBY: What’s the story behind your first gloomy pop single Protocol?
North Fall: ‘Protocol’ was one of the founding tracks of North Fall as opposed to just me as a singer/songwriter. It has a bit of a slumpy feel and then the final part just happened naturally. It’s fun to play live.
AMBY: Where did the name North Fall come from, and what other names had you considered for the band?
North Fall: I like the way the band name looks. It does not transfer that well to saying it out loud. More so if the one doing it has a distinct Danish accent. There is no meaning behind the name except that I like it.
AMBY: Does hailing from Copenhagen have an influence on your sound? If so, how?
North Fall: I am from a town called Elsinore. And there is a cold, windy thing to that town. I think that bleeds in to the album. Denmark is not the warmest place on earth.
AMBY: Which other artists from Copenhagen should we keep our eyes on?
North Fall: I really like bands like Heimatt, The Great Dictators and Milford. In terms of more established bands… Sleep Party People. I listen to them a lot. They have rabbit masks.
AMBY: If you could trade places with another artist in the music industry for one day, who would it be?
North Fall: I would rather be the A&R of some major label in the US. And sign a lot of stuff that I like within the 24 hours. And then that major label might make less money… But at least mainstream radio wouldn’t be such a pain. I’m selfish like that.
AMBY: Who would your dream concert line-up consist of?
North Fall: As of right now…. This Will Destroy You, M. Ward (transforming into a Monster of Folk concert) and finally… A double ‘Mark’-concert. Mark Kozelek and Mark Knopfler. Not an obvious combo. But an interesting one. I would love to hear Kozelek play ‘Brothers In Arms’.
AMBY: What has you most excited for 2014?
North Fall: Apart from the release of our album – and hopefully some touring… Benji, the Conor Oberst solo album, getting my bachelor degree. Another year with my girlfriend. Aww.
AMBY: Lastly, what’s something about North Fall that nobody knows yet?
North Fall: We would rather live in Canada than in the US. Yes. This is true. I haven’t asked the others. I am calling this one.
Thank you North Fall, for giving us your answers!
Alicia Atout | @AliciaAtout