By Valerie Milano
Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 3/11/13—“With Another World, Steve [Ornest] and I took almost the whole summer off and wrote song by song; we must have written at least 25 songs, but we were really happy with all of them. We loved the content, we made sure the melodies were right, we really went through it and made sure this album would be awesome and lyrically stimulating and then we took it to Wyn Davis and Ken Scott and the band and turned it into what it is,” Will Parry, singer and pianist, said of Fallen Riviera’s first full-length album which is available for purchase and on iTunes. Hollywood Today had an exclusive interview with Parry & Ornest.
The new and already widely popular rock/pop band—Will Parry (piano and vocals), Steve Ornest (guitar and vocals), Matthew Denis (bass), and Nick Adams (drums)—celebrated the release of Another World on Friday, March 8th with a full house at Los Angeles’ popular music venue, The Mint. They also debuted the music video for “Those Times Are Gone”, which is now available to view on YouTube. Fresh off the heels of a west coast mini-tour that took them to Santa Barbara, San Francisco, Corvallis, and Portland, the boys are showing no signs of slowing down.
Fallen Riviera was formed by Will Parry and Steve Ornest while both were attending Berklee College of Music in Boston. Ornest said of their journey to Los Angeles, “…we wound up leaving school and coming out to LA to record over Christmas break then decided to leave school and come out here and form the band.”
Talented, level-headed, articulate, and focused, it’s no surprise that the band garnered the attention of legendary producers Ken Scott (The Beatles, Pink Floyd) and Wyn Davis (Total Access Recording Studios—No Doubt, Sublime) who helped in the development of Another World. They have also received an artist endorsement from Casio after approaching the company at the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) last year.
Commenting on the role Casio has played in the band’s journey to this point, Ornest said, “We went to the booth and they were the most receptive, nice people. [Will Parry] sat down at a piano and started playing and they came over and we gave them a CD and told them who we were and [we would be] in the studio the next day and did they have anything we could potentially use. They wound up showing up the next day at the studio with an XW-P1 keyboard and we ended up using it on the song.”
Parry continued, “Literally 24 hours later they turned up with a keyboard and we were then going to do a video for “This is Who I Am” and we asked if they could possibly help us out with it…and they ended up funding it for us. So they’ve been incredibly supportive so far. Even as far as funding the video that we’re about to release this evening as well.”
With music influences that range from The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin to Blink-182 and Green Day, Fallen Riviera has found their unique sound of upbeat and fun-to-dance-to pop rock with hints of classic rock. “With the first record, Six Mines, we did a lot of jamming with the band and came up with the arrangements all together, but we didn’t really concentrate on the songwriting process,” Parry told HT of how the band’s sound and songwriting techniques have matured and developed with Another World.
As for what’s coming up in 2013, Ornest said, “We’re planning for a spring tour at the end of April, early May and we’re planning on staying out on the road quite a bit this year.”
The video for “Those Time Are Gone” can be viewed at www.youtube.com/fallenriviera