The rise of The Fall of Troy

By Darren Young

Amidst the chaotic clamoring of a noisy rock ‘n’ roll band, a parallel can often develop between the music and the events of real life. For Andrew Forsman, drummer of the Seattle-based rock outfit The Fall Of Troy, the parallel chaos has found its way into his kitchen sink.

“We don’t have a garbage disposal [at my house] and people are really bad with using the food catchers,” explains Forsman. “There’s noodles and all sorts of crap. It’s draining under the house and coming into my room straight under the floor. It’s been an ongoing problem.”

Troublesome plumbing is not the only problem The Fall Of Troy have encountered recently. In Nov. 2007, bassist Tim Ward left the band due to stress and was replaced by …Of Stalwart Fads guitarist Frank Black. Though the departure of Ward caused a slight stir, the band is getting along fine with Black.

“Our live shows [with Black] are a lot tighter, in my opinion,” says Forsman. “Tim didn’t really seem too into it by the end. Frank has been a fan of the band for about three or four years now. He’s a great guitar player, we asked him to audition [on bass] for the band and he said ‘sure’.”

Since adding Black to the lineup, The Fall Of Troy have been busy touring in support of Manipulator, released in May 2007. After a brief stop in Canada next week, the band will hit the road on a headlining tour with The Dear Hunter, Foxy Shazam and Tera Melos. They’re then hoping to record a new full-length before the end of the year. Originally, this release was planned to be two separate EPs, but the band’s label was not entirely receptive to the idea.

“The logistics of doing two EPs is a little harder,” says Forsman. “You’re basically paying for two full-lengths. We just wanted to showcase two different sides of the band, but the label wasn’t really behind it.”

Despite the negative reception to the possibility of two separate releases, the management at Equal Vision Records has little worry that The Fall Of Troy will deliver on their next album. The band has shown much progress since joining the label’s roster in 2005 and plan on making their next batch of songs as relentless, technical and pop-sensible as their previous material.

“We always try to come up with something that people won’t be expecting,” says Forsman. “We want people to enjoy the music and, as long as we are enjoying doing this, we’re going to keep doing it.”

A vehicle in constant motion is difficult to bring to a stop, and The Fall Of Troy already have plenty of momentum in their machine. The only obstacle now is the kitchen sink.

The Fall of Troy play the scenic MacEwan Ballroom Sun., Apr. 13 along with Chiodos and Protest the Hero. Tickets at Ticketmaster.

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