Astrology holds a special place in my heart. So naturally, I was enthralled to listen to the album titled, “Zodiac”. The work encompasses colorful album art, showcasing a Ram and Bull that represent the headstrong signs of Aries and Taurus, both of which have corresponding astrological constellation signs dates spanning throughout the month of April. Conceptually, this sets the tone while subliminally reiterating the band’s name, “Falling Through April”. So Definite points were added, simply stemming? from the album title and album art alone.
Admittedly, I had high hopes and expectations for FTA upon reading that they were based in my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina . I’m all for supporting local talent, especially when it comes to our music scene. With the band stating their influences for this album ranged from Halsey and to Incubus, in addition to lead singer Mikaela Salazar stating that her singing was inspired by role models like Alanis Morissette and Gwen Stefani, my interest was officially piqued.
With alternative rock instrumentals kicking off their album via the song, “The Culprit” my foot was already tapping. The opening track, “The Culprit” is a song I would add to my ‘anthemic woman powerhouse playlist’. One of those empowerment playlists where you shamelessly prance around to chanty choruses…making this track a definite favorite off the album.
If I had to make a comparison, the band as a whole is reminiscent of a Paramore or Flyleaf-type sensation through the tracks ” The Culprit”, “Desperate measures”, “Better off Alone” and “Fate and Fiction”. Standing alone, Mikaela’s vocals reminds me of a fusion between Avril Lavigne and Hayley Williams with a slight country flare in the pronunciation of some of her words, particularly on the track, “Seven Tries”.
Mikaela grew up in California, but later moved to South Carolina. Maybe over time she developed an accent from the Carolinas, or this is something that was influenced when the band spent time in Nashville recording the album? Coming from a listener with little affinity to country music, this was really one of the only things I disfavored about the album. Perhaps this is a new sound of “modern rock” but with that being said, I feel like this band qualifies under a lot of sub-genres that range anywhere from pop rock, to country rock, depending on what song you’re listening to; nevertheless, versatility is always a plus.
With the band’s founders Jim Siani, Dave Piontek, Taylor Foster, Dan Candia just bringing their vocalist Mikaela on board in 2016, I’m excited to see this local, Charlotte band growth together and look forward to their upcoming videos and future albums.