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In Session: hanging with Fortune Favours The Fallen
By Matthew Crist

Fortune Favours the Fallen
Fortune Favours the Fallen rock up at the BBC Radio Berkshire studios

Teenage band Fortune Favours the Fallen were guests in the studio to talk about what they have been up to recently.

They talked about how they got together and just how many copies of their EP they have sold.

For a group of four guys who were not even old enough to vote in the recent election they have managed to pack an awful lot in to a reasonably short career.

Notably playing a show at Reading's Hexagon.

The venue has played host to the likes of The Smiths, The Manic Street Preachers and ELO in its 33 year history, so FFTF are in good company.

"It was like a dream come true," says bassist Jack. A feeling obviously shared by other band members Sam, Chris and Dan, "There must have been 800 people there, it was brilliant, it was a feeling we never thought we'd all get."

Describing their distinctive sound as power-chord based and citing influences such as The Arctic Monkeys, Green Day and Blink 182 the guys came together after being involved with other bands in the area.

Writing system

Fortune Favours the Fallen
The band recorded a live session in the studio

"We were all in separate projects but decided to bring ourselves together to form this band," explains lead vocalist Dan.

As for the writing process the four-piece have a reasonably democratic system for making music.

"Chris will have a chord structure and bring it to practice, he'll then add some lyrics. We are all close enough to say that works or that doesn't."

Being 16 and in a band is a huge thrill for most wannabe musicians but now the guys have progressed form covering their favourite artists to recording their own material they need to find inspiration for lyrics, something that may faze some teenage writers, but not guitarist Chris.

"If you write songs from the point of view of the other person it adds a whole extra dimension," he says.

Not content with playing iconic venues in Reading town centre FFTF ave recorded a six-track EP "The Morning After", a disc that they actually produced at school.

"We recorded it with our new sound technician, it has a raw sound and you can just tell we are having fun, we've sold about 250 copies since March," the guys claim proudly.

You can find out more about the band, listen to some tracks and see what they are up to at FFTF myspace

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