By ANGELA SKANE | St. Petersburg High
As of last week, local hardcore band In December We Fall ranked No. 6 for the metal genre in St. Petersburg in the Warped Tour’s online Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands. (You can vote for them here
* recently talked with two members, bassist Eric Hendrickson and drummer Jeremy Steiner, who gave us the lowdown on the band and their local success.
How did you come up with the name In December We Fall?
Jeremy: We wanted something to connect us to where we’re from. In Florida, December feels like fall. In December we fall. Basically it is just really bad grammar.
How did the band get started? Is it all the original members?
Jeremy: Richie and Tanner were in Absolute Zero when they were younger. Their drummer got kicked out and they asked me to come over and play with them. They liked me so they kept me. I invited John in, and then Eric came in. We knew Eric could play. No aspirations, just fun.
How would you describe your music?
Eric: Polyrhythmic (that’s music term for two or more definite rhythms at once), diverse, techno … no lie.
Jeremy: Hardcore, Shredding.
Are your parents supportive?
Eric: Haha, yeah they are. Jeremy’s dad goes all out at the shows. It’s entertaining to watch.
What do you want in the future for the band?
Eric: I personally want more equipment. We are currently working on shirt designs for some merch. We want to keep playing shows.
What bands have been an inspiration to you?
Eric: We Came as Romans. They are unique and the lyrics are uplifting
Jeremy: But at the same time, still heavy. August Burns Red, frickin’ amazing. They have the best drummer in the metal scene. They have the ability to play different styles. Devil Wears Prada is another one.
Is there a favorite song that you’ve made?
Eric: Nostradamus at the Dog Track, It showcases our uniqueness. It starts off with a cool techno part.
(Nostradamus is a fortune teller. It’s sort of a pun, since you know, the fortune teller knows what will happen).
Where do you get song titles from? They’re pretty interesting.
Jeremy: Song titles are random. We are just too lazy to say no to a title.
Eric: Nothing to do with our lyrics.
How do you guys get gigs?
Eric: We pray.
Jeremy: We wish for them. Actually, our first show was Battle of the Bands and we met a lot of bands. They contact us with shows. It’s networking through bands we’ve met.
What’s your favorite show you’ve played?
Jeremy: State Theatre. A lot of big bands play there and there was a huge crowd.
How’d you learn your instrument?
Eric: I guess it’s just been practice, I think we’ve all taken lessons except John and Brent.
Who writes the music and lyrics?
Eric: We all kinda work on the music together, and mainly Brent does the lyrics.