The Fall Of Troy
w/ '68, Illustrations
July 14, 2016
San Francisco, CA
Review written by: Dasha Semyonova
The last few years have been riddled with exciting comebacks in the music scene. Early 2000’s bands like Fall Out Boy and Blink-182 are returning with hit albums and tours, and The Fall of Troy is no different.
Six years ago, fans of the band had been forced come to terms with the band’s breakup. The closest thing to a reunion that fans received was presented in the form of a live television performance of “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” happening on their TV at home, with the complicated solos performed on a plastic guitar. Since their reunion last year, they have toured nationwide and self-released a new album titled “OK.” They are currently touring the United States and Canada, then Europe throughout September.
The Fall of Troy played the Social Hall in San Francisco on July 14, and it was not a show easily forgotten. The setlist was composed of new songs from “OK,” crowd favorites from their previous 3 albums, as well as some casual jam sessions and even a short cover of Slipknot’s “Before I Forget.” Each song was as exciting as the next – jumping from album to album, the crowd never died down and was energized during each song, both new and old. The band played some of their most popular tracks throughout their history as a group, bringing the audience back to the days of “Semi Fiction” and “I Just Got This Symphony Goin.’” Their success before their breakup continues into the present, with fans singing along as if they had never disbanded.
One of the most memorable parts of this show was the crowd. This was not a concert where people lingered at the back of the room or stood quietly, too shy to move around. Every attendee pushed close to the stage, hoping to catch a glimpse of Thomas Erak’s guitarwork. The venue was full of nostalgia and excitement for the future – the whole show felt like the perfect blend of a small local show in your hometown and a huge stadium performance at a festival.
The show came to a close with a surprise appearance by Frank Ene, the former bassist of The Fall of Troy. Thomas Erak joked about setting hard feelings aside to play music for the sake of itself, as they played songs from The Fall of Troy’s later albums until the lights came on in the venue. It was both heartwarming and exciting to see this lineup all together on stage, as Thomas Erak pointed out: “A native of The Fall of Troy, and a native of the Bay Area.”
This tour sets up an amazing new path for The Fall of Troy as they journey back into the limelight of intricate guitar riffs and experimental tracks unique to them alone. Their decision to release music for free and to plan and arrange further tours on their own will only further push them to stand out from the average, generic breakdown band.
The Fall Of Troy
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