Falling In Reverse: Here’s Ronnie!
It’s been a long time coming for Falling In Reverse to do a headliner down under, but the moment is finally here. The pop-mosh crew, fronted by controversial shit-stirrer Ronnie Radke, will hit our shores in October to pioneer the lamely named Count Rockula tour. Ahead of it kicking off, we caught up with Radke himself, who was surprisingly pleasant for someone who once threw microphone stands at an audience. Problematic act-outs aside, the man had a lot to share about the next Falling In Reverse full-length (kind of), good guys in bad bands and Harambe.
We’re speaking ahead of your Australian tour next month. How are you guys feeling about coming out here?
This is our first headliner, so this is amazing. I went there for Soundwave and it was incredible, so I’m really excited.
What was your experience at Soundwave like?
It was amazing. The fans were amazing, it was just crazy. I didn’t realise that Australia is kind of like where I live? It’s like a bigger California. It’s really nice, it’s got good weather, there’s really nice people there…it’s like Southern California except the people are nice there.
That’s a unique way of describing it! You’ve been touring for quite a while and obviously that changes the way that you perform. What do you idealise your fans will take away from a Falling In Reverse show?
They’ll think I’m insane. They’ll convince themselves that I’m insane and that’s what I like. Because I am insane (laughs). That pretty much, and we’re really good live. I can’t stand to see bands that are not good live. We’re actually very good live. People talk a lot of crap online but I never ever see them say we’re not good live. They never say that. This kid that does know me from Australia said that “I think that you’re a huge piece of shit, I hate your guts, but I saw you at Soundwave and you guys were the best sounding band there”. You know: quality-wise. He told me he was going to come to America and kill me and then, at the end of the email, he pretty much said that he saw us at Soundwave and we were the best sounding band there. It was pretty funny.
What makes a band shitty live? Using a track, not playing your instruments…
When they don’t care. You can tell when they don’t really care, and if they’re not really good at their instrument, pretty much. We call that amongst our friends and peers “GGBBs”. Good guys, bad band. They’re like good people, you know, they’re really nice. But if they’re bitches we call them “BGBBs”. Bad guys, bad band.X
That’s a good system! You tweeted recently about how sometimes it doesn’t matter what a band sounds like as long as they’re “hot”. Was there anything in particular that made you want to make that statement, or was it just a general observation?
I feel like it’s been that way since the beginning of time. But yeah, a certain band. I’m not gonna tell you who it is. But yeah (laughs).
Fair enough. I wanted to talk a bit about the new album on the way. It was reportedly supposed to be out this year, is that still the case?
Not this year, but very soon, yes.
Can you tell me anything about it?
It’s really good, way different from anything that I’ve ever done, and I don’t wanna give too much away. I want people to be like: “what the hell?” It’s really good though.
Does it retain the hip hop element that the other records have had?
Maybe. I can’t tell you.
I guess we’ll move on then. This is kind of a question that prompts bitchiness, but do you see any problems with the way the scene is functioning right now? I ask this question a lot, but to you, is a sixteen year old girl in a moshpit relatively safe?
It’s definitely not safe in a moshpit for anyone, for that matter. But for a teenage girl it is not safe. But I don’t think it’s ever been safe, that’s the whole point of it. I mean, that’s the thrill of that. It’s not safe for anyone to come to our shows because they never know when they’re gonna get a mic stand thrown at them.
A lot of your fans are quite young people and teenage girls, and obviously that isn’t an issue, but is there a weird rift between you and your fans based on their age, I guess? They don’t have the experiences that you have but they relate to the music, not necessarily in the same way.
It’s the same experience I had when I was younger, I would relate to the music even…I would change a couple of things about it to relate to it more, because I loved it so much. So I’m sure they’ll change a lyric or two and relate to a part of it, but it’s different. That’s what I used to do.
The culture of the scene is very much one where fans do say that you guys help them mentally a lot. Having had such an extensive life experience, what would and do you say to your fans who struggle in that way?
You’ve pretty much gotta keep going. I feel like that’s a cliche thing to say but that’s probably why it’s cliche – because it’s true. You’ve gotta, no matter what, keep going. It’s really hard. If I could tell my younger self, if I knew what I know now back then I would be a completely different person. When people say things it doesn’t bother me anymore, for the most part it doesn’t bother me. I wish I could tell the younger audience to be the same. But it’s really different when you’re younger, everything that happens in high school, you really take it hard. But that’s pretty much my advice, kind of like, stand up for yourself and don’t take any crap. But in a good way – not a dangerous way.
I wanted to wrap up the interview by following up on your tweet about writing a song for Harambe.
Oh my god, so many people got mad about that! People just get mad at me for everything, it doesn’t even matter what it is. I posted socks on Instagram and people started arguing over them! So I don’t understand. It’s a stupid tweet, it didn’t mean offence at all. But you know, so many people got mad. I’m probably not gonna write a song for Harambe. That’s why I did that tweet, because I knew it probably wouldn’t get 500,000 retweets. It was just a joke, I just wanted people to laugh. It’d be a funny song though.
You should still do it. It would still be funny.
Maybe. I’ll think about it.
Wednesday October 12th – The Powerstation, Auckland NZ (AA)
Friday October 14th – Astor Theatre, Perth (AA)
Sunday October 16th – 170 Russell, Melbourne (U18)
Monday October 17th – 170 Russell, Melbourne (18+)
Tuesday October 18th – The Triffid, Brisbane (AA)
Thursday October 20th – The Metro Theatre, Sydney (AA)