Genre/Influences: Cold-Wave, Dark-Wave.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: Fall Shock is an Italian duo set up in 2017 by producer Francesco Kay and rapidly joined by guitarist Markus O. “Interior” is the band’s debut album released on Manic Depression Records.
Content: Who says Manic Depression Records immediately makes a link with Dark/Cold-Wave music? “Interior” indeed is driven by the good-old 80s spirit from these genres. The songs are dynamic and refined with electronic melodies. Moving from typical 80s wave music towards dark-reverie pieces the album is coming to an end with the dreamy-like “Marion Valerie”.
+ + + : “Interior” is an honest and promising debut. Fall Shock brings the good-old 80s spirit to life with devotion and a real good harmony between guitar and electronic arrangements. I especially like when the melodic side emerges at the top of the choruses. “Synthetica” and “Wall Of Try” both are cool songs in the genre. I also want to mention the moodier “The Holy Rage”. Last but not least, I also want to say a word about the sober, artistic digipak format of the CD.
– – – : Fall Shock is not exactly a band that will take you by surprise; there’s no trace of innovation, but is it really a must when the album is good!? I however am not totally convinced by the softer cuts of the album.
Conclusion: Fall Shock has found the right label to release their debut work, which is honest work without absolute highlights, but without unaccomplished songs.
Best songs: “Synthetica”, “Wall Of Try”, “The Holy Rage”.