Following on from the storming success of their self-titled debut album, Nottingham-based rock act As December Falls return with new single ‘Tears”, taken from their upcoming second album ‘Happier’ out on Friday 6th August.
Refreshingly combining pop punk and straight up rock sensibilities, the latest single from As December Falls is an uplifting anthem for all those who need it. Opening with soft glassy synth and an arpeggiated guitar riff, “Tears” cautiously builds up to an emphatic first chorus where the sentiment of the track really comes alive, perfectly complimenting the reassuring powerhouse vocals of Bethany Hunter.
Speaking on the track, Hunter explains:
"Tears is about struggling internally and trusting in yourself to overcome it. The song started years ago when I was in a bad place, I was lying in bed crying when I realised that I literally had tears running into my ear. I picked myself up and knew that I needed to help myself and turned the experience into this song.
The lyric in the middle 8 "God knows that I need saving but I don't want your help, heaven knows I need no saviour cause I can only save myself" really sums up the song."
Formed in 2014, As December Falls are a long way from their beginnings. The band achieved self-sufficiency early on as a matter of survival after being told they were ‘too this’ and ‘too that’ from the industry gatekeepers when looking to release their self-titled debut album in 2019 (which has received over 4million streams to date). Their DIY attitude and business know-how resulted in the band selling out 90% of shows on their most recent headline tour around the UK and appearing at Slam Dunk Festival, Tramlines Festival, Camden Rocks and more.
Fiercely independent and striving for something more cinematic, more dynamic and more emotional than their previous work, the quartet recorded their highly-anticipated follow up album “Happier” (out 6th August 2021) with John Mitchell (Architects, You Me At Six, Enter Shikari) at Outhouse Studios. Gambling on themselves once more, the band took financial matters into their own hands to make their dream come true and secured a bank loan to fund “Happier” (all of which has been paid off due to an overwhelming amount of pre-orders from their highly dedicated fanbase).
Alongside the lead vocals of Bethany Hunter, As December Falls is composed of Ande (guitar), Timmy (bass) and Luke (drums). Their musical influences of the entire rock cache can be heard throughout “Happier”; classic rock idolisation of legends such as Jimi Hendrix and Slash, vintage pop-punk admiration of Blink-182, Sum-41 and Fall Out Boy, the emo effects of Basement, Turnover and Citizen. Having never been in a band previously, Bethany turned to strong female rock stars for her inspiration. Hours were spent watching videos of Joan Jett and Marmozets to name but a few, studying their body language, attitude, and confidence until she had her unique style all sussed out.