|Studio album by Falling in Reverse|
|Released||June 18, 2013|
|Producer||Ronnie Radke, Michael 'Elvis' Baskette, Ryan Ogren|
|Falling in Reverse chronology|
Fashionably Late is the second studio album by American post-hardcore band Falling in Reverse. Production for the album took place following the release of their debut album, The Drug in Me Is You in 2011. It is the only album to feature bassist Ron Ficarro, who would later be replaced by Max Green. The album was streamed through Epitaph Records' YouTube channel on June 12. Fashionably Late was released on June 18, 2013.
Since early 2012, vocalist Ronnie Radke had already announced a second album was underway following the 2011 release of their debut album, The Drug in Me Is You. He had been talking about the album briefly, stating on Twitter that, "[people] don't understand how many light years my next album is from the last one". He and new bandmate Ron Ficarro tweeted pictures of them in the studio with Ryan Ogren working on some new music. Ronnie said a little bit about the new album to Marshal Music News; "The last record was so vengeful and bitter and spiteful - so everyone is wondering what I'm gonna sing about next. And I'm just not quite ready to let people know. I'm sorry. When people hear the new stuff though I promise you they will lose their mind... We're demoing new songs right now, as we speak, and I'm telling you, people are seriously gonna lose their mind." During their performance at Dirt Fest 2012 in Birch Run, Michigan, Ronnie announced to the crowd that it would be their last show before returning to the studio to dedicate themselves full-time to the creation of the band's second album. Ronnie also said in an interview that they would be in the studio late 2012 with demos already and hoping for an early 2013 release.
The band went through late 2012 and early 2013 with no mention of the album at all. Finally, in issue number 1442 of Kerrang! magazine, Ronnie Radke announced in an interview that "The record's finished! That's what we did after the Warped Tour. We just didn't tell anybody!" He also said "[it will be released] early next year [summer 2013]!" On May 7, the band released the first single and music video, "Alone", from the album. The title, Fashionably Late, was officially announced along with the cover and a June 18, 2013 release date, with preorders for the album beginning the same day.
Radke spoke about the album and the addition of new sounds, including hip-hop and electronic elements, saying that, "My dad raised me on metal, but my first serious love was hip-hop," Ronnie explains. "When I heard Dr. Dre's The Chronic, that's when I fell in love. I didn't know what the hell they were talking about, the beats were intertwined, and it came inside of me and took me over. When we added hip-hop elements I was thinking, 'Should I do this? This sounds crazy! Are people going to like this?'" He also expressed satisfaction with the album over Falling in Reverse's debut album as well as his first album with Escape the Fate, stating, "...I've never been so proud of something. The final product... is the best work I've ever done."
The album is also the first that drummer, Ryan Seaman and bassist, Ron Ficarro fully contributed to and recorded with the band.
The deluxe edition of the album includes three bonus tracks, an expanded album booklet, and a double-sided band poster.
Singles and promotionEdit
The first single from the album, "Alone", was released on May 7, 2013. The song features a mix of their previous metalcore sound with elements of rap and electronic music. Radke stated he was inspired by Dr. Dre and his album The Chronic, and plans to mix other songs on the album with similar sounds. The first single was described by Zoiks! Online as, "Blending big radio beats with moshpit inducing riffage, the track addresses Ronnie's critics head-on." In a press statement, Radke stated that "Alone" was, "... Everything I've ever wanted to say to all these Twitter followers that talk shit... [and] I wanted to let everyone that dedicates their lives to just one genre of music know why they are so unhappy." The music video was released the same day contains the band performing while girls dance around them with shots of Radke walking down an airport runway with a Ferrari driving beside him. The song was universally panned and supported by critics and fans alike. Most discussed the new rap style and lyrics while others discussed the use of computer effects and auto-tune.
The second single, "Fashionably Late", was released on May 20, 2013. The song featured a sound reminiscent of the first Falling in Reverse album, The Drug in Me Is You, and received much more positive reviews than "Alone" from both critics and fans.
To promote the album, Falling in Reverse will be on tour from May to July 2013, including the 2013 Vans Warped Tour. On May 13, Falling in Reverse announced on Twitter that the band had cancelled tour dates due to lead singer Radke expecting the birth of his first child with his wife Crissy Henderson. Falling in Reverse officially stated on Facebook: "Our apologies but Falling in Reverse has to cancel the rest of the dates scheduled in May. Ronnie will not be able to appear, as his girlfriend is about to give birth to their first child and he needs to be by her side. Thanks for your understanding. See you soon." They also canceled the dates to play Warped Tour. The tour released the following statement regarding the band's decision: "Falling in Reverse are withdrawing from performing on this summer's Warped Tour. Lead singer Ronnie Radke's fiancé is pregnant with their first child who is due shortly. Radke has made the decision that it's important to be home with his newborn this summer. The band offers sincere apologies to all of their fans who purchased tickets."
On May 30, 2013, another song was released titled "Born to Lead". Like "Fashionably Late", it has a sound reminiscent of the band's first album, The Drug in Me Is You, but with a more hardcore edge. Fans and critics have compared the song to their previous song "Goodbye Graceful" with good reviews. Whether the song is a single or not is yet to be confirmed.
On June 12, Epitaph Records uploaded the entire album to their YouTube channel, five days before the album's official release.
Following the cancellation of dates for their tour and Warped Tour, Falling in Reverse celebrated the release of Fashionably Late with a special performance at the Roxy in West Hollywood, California, on June 18, 2013. The set of one hour was broadcast online and presented by Hot Topic.
Despite a mixed response to the album, it opened at number 17 on the Billboard 200, selling around 20,000 copies in its first week of release. This is slightly over a thousand more copies than their previous effort, The Drug in Me Is You, which sold 18,000 copies in its first week and charted just 2 spots lower than Fashionably Late, at #19.
On the Billboard charts, Fashionably Late charted at number two on the Top Hard Rock Albums chart, number four on the Modern Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts, number three on the Top Independent Albums chart, and number 18 on the Top Digital Albums chart, for a total of six appearances on the US Billboard charts, including the Billboard 200. Internationally, the album charted in the United Kingdom, peaking at number 75 on the national chart, as well as number 6 on the UK Top 40 Rock Albums chart. The album also peaked at number 20 on the Australian ARIA Albums Chart.
Track listingEditAll songs written and composed by Ronnie Radke, except where noted.
|1.||"Champion"||Radke, Derek Jones||4:02|
|2.||"Bad Girls Club" (featuring Crissy Henderson)||3:41|
|3.||"Rolling Stone"||Radke, Omar Espinosa||3:53|
|6.||"Born to Lead"||Radke, Ryan Seaman, Jacky Vincent||5:19|
|7.||"It's Over When It's Over"||3:53|
|9.||"Self-Destruct Personality"||Radke, Jones||4:16|
|10.||"Fuck the Rest"||4:24|
|11.||"Keep Holding On"||4:57|
|Deluxe edition bonus tracks|
|13.||"Where Have You Been"||3:18|
|15.||"Rolling Stone" (Shy Kidx remix)||4:40|
|Re-issue bonus tracks|
|16.||"Gangsta's Paradise" (Coolio cover)||3:54|
|17.||"She's a Rebel" (Green Day cover)||2:20|
- Falling in Reverse
- Ronnie Radke – Lead vocals, piano
- Jacky Vincent – Lead guitar
- Derek Jones – Rhythm guitar
- Ron Ficarro – Bass guitar, backing vocals
- Ryan Seaman – Drums, percussion
- Michael 'Elvis' Baskette – producer
- Ryan Ogren – additional production, engineer, producer, programming, strings, synthesizer
- Chris Lord-Alge – mixing
- Pete Rutcho – mixing
- Ted Jensen – mastering
|Australian Albums Chart||20|
|UK Albums Chart||75|
|UK Rock Chart||6|
|US Billboard 200||17|
|US Top Rock Albums||4|
|US Top Modern Rock Albums||4|
|US Top Hard Rock Albums||2|
|US Top Independent Albums||3|
|Australia||June 14, 2013||Epitaph Records||CD, digital||8714092725421|||
|Europe||June 17, 2013||B00CPWR9J6|||
|Japan||June 18, 2013||872742|||
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Bob Zerull (May 7, 2013). FALLING IN REVERSE ARRIVE FASHIONABLY LATE. Zoiks! Online. Retrieved on May 7, 2013.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 James Shotwell (May 7, 2013). RONNIE RAPS: Falling In Reverse Announce New Album; Stream 'Alone'. Under The Gun Review. Retrieved on May 7, 2013.
- ↑ UPDATE: Falling In Reverse detail new album, 'Fashionably Late,' release first single, "Alone" - Alternative Press. Altpress.com (2013-05-07). Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
- ↑ Single Review: Falling In Reverse "Alone". New-Transcendence (2013-05-08). Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
- ↑ Single Review: Falling In Reverse – "Alone". Mind Equals Blown. Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
- ↑ Falling in Reverse Premiere New Video, "Alone". Revolver Magazine (May 7, 2013).
- ↑ Falling In Reverse Stands With Rap Crowd In ‘Alone’ Video, New Album Date (May 8, 2013).
- ↑ Grant Trimboli (May 7, 2013). MUSIC VIDEO: Falling In Reverse – 'Alone'. Under The Gun Review. Retrieved on May 7, 2013.
- ↑ Falling In Reverse cancel remaining tour dates as Ronnie Radke prepares for fatherhood - Alternative Press. Altpress.com (2013-05-13). Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
- ↑ 11.0 11.1 Falling in Reverse Withdraw From Warped Tour; Release New Song From Fashionably Late. Purevolume.com. Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
- ↑ UPDATE: Falling In Reverse drop off Warped Tour, post new song, "Born To Lead" - Alternative Press. Altpress.com (2013-05-30). Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
- ↑ Kathy Flynn (June 19, 2013). FALLING IN REVERSE ROCK LOS ANGELES’ ROXY TO CELEBRATE ‘FASHIONABLY LATE’ RELEASE.
- ↑ PropertyOfZack, Falling In Reverse Sell 20K Copies Of New Album; Kanye Debuts With ~330K. Propertyofzack.com (2013-06-26). Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
- ↑ Allmusic (2013). Fashionably Late awards. Retrieved on July 18, 2013.
- ↑ Falling In Reverse | Artist. Official Charts (2013-06-29). Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
- ↑ Radio 1 - Charts - UK Top 40 Rock Albums. BBC (2013-08-04). Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
- ↑ Chartifacts - Tuesday, 2nd July 2013 - ARIA Music News. Ariacharts.com.au (2013-07-02). Retrieved on August 9, 2013.
- ↑ Credits - allmusic.com
- ↑ FALLING IN REVERSE - FASHIONABLY LATE (ALBUM) (2013). Retrieved on July 18, 2013.
- ↑ Fashionably Late - Falling In Reverse: Amazon.co.uk: Music (2013). Retrieved on July 18, 2013.
- ↑ Fashionably Late - Falling In Reverse : HMV Online Shopping & Information Site (2013). Retrieved on July 18, 2013.
- ↑ Album info: Fashionably Late - Falling in Reverse (2013). Retrieved on July 18, 2013.