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The first note hits you. Like an electroshock, singer Gordie Muscuttís voice warns you that Woke Up Falling has changed. Itís been three years since they released Dividing Blue from Blue, a dreamy-goth pop effort that deservedly garnered them attention from indie press and led to a respectable buzz in their hometown of Portland, OR and abroad.
At the end of it all, they were left with what they started with, a desire to create the music that they wanted to - whether or not it was considered revolutionary, original or cool. Not interested in pandering to the trend of the day, Woke Up Falling said ďfuck itĒ and set out to record an album that would contain everything they had as artists and as people. The result is their self-titled second full-length album to be released by Post436 Records, a record that will undoubtedly pick up the buzz right where they left off.
The music is more intricate, more gutsy and well... just more. Itís the sound of a band maturing and still pushing themselves: musically, personally and emotionally. You feel this album, in the melodies that guitarist Zak Martin weaves in and out - lifting and pulling each track; in the edge-of-control drumming of Josh Hill; in the visceral scream of Muscuttís voice: a voice telling painfully honest tales of death, drugs and the struggle to keep faith.
String arrangements and piano are interspersed throughout the record as well, adding a lushness to the bandís powerful sound. Since late 2000, Woke Up Falling have been hard at work, touring non-stop through countless cities, releasing a full-length, an EP, and now their 2004 album. Their latest self-titled effort is all of that experience and hard work poured into 11 amazing songs. It certainly makes you wonder why you may not have heard this before...