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Kindred Fall started out like a lot of other bands: a couple of guys that wanted to make music together start doing something about it. In this case, a couple of college buddies, Aaron C. (“AC”) and Ed White, had that connection in the ’03-’04 year at university. Ed, having just come off the break-up of his last band, and AC, in a similar situation having just moved down for his freshman year, both began working to write music, find a drummer, and find a moniker for their group. The following months were spent writing and playing with a plethora of friends on drums and others accompanying the two on other instruments.
By the end of 2004, the two had settled on the name Kindred Fall and had gathered enough material to make an album, so they nabbed a couple of those friends they had been playing with for their 2005 release Slow Season: limited pre-release edition. This release boasts the first version of the fan favorite “Eighty-five” and the very grungy “Grasp.” The album turned out to be the last time that AC would provide vocals and the low-end for Kindred Fall as he went off to study abroad in Austria for six months. Before he was to return, Ed was charged with finding the missing parts of the band: a second guitarist, and a drummer.
The first piece to come together was found when Ed came across Diana Joakimson, a drummer actually looking for a band, upon random occasion and they began playing. They even got a couple of shows in with an old friend of Ed’s filling in on bass. Soon following this pairing, due to random coincidence, fate, or what ever you want to call it, the roommate of one of Ed's friends from university happened to be on location when a conversation about him needing a guitarist and bassist came up. She chimed in her two cents and that's when Tyson Kresher got the phone call. Tyson in turn had a high school friend that happened to be quite proficient in bass playing and soon made sure that he, Corey Lee, was at practices. The four found a groove with each other and immediately went to town on writing new material and re-hashing songs from Slow Season. Corey, Diana, Ed, and Tyson were now the make up of Kindred Fall.
Not long after this realization, Diana became quite enthralled with finishing her schooling and had to drop her duties as drummer. Understanding her choice, the remaining three had to let her go, but the band was not yet broken. Corey had always kept up his chops by playing frequently with his buddy, Scott Ward. Scott had been to many of Kindred Fall's practices - as these two were a rhythm section attached at the hip - so was familiar with the songs and was ready to have the reins given to him. It is during this short era that the quartet recorded their 2006 demo release (featuring the first recordings of “Wildflowers” and their version of Radiohead’s “Anyone Can Play Guitar”), played shows throughout North Orange County and LA (like the Alley and the Knitting Factory), and even offered opportunities to play with well-known regional acts such as Jack's Mannequin.
The summer of 2006 brought on the opportunity to play in Bodog's Battle of the Bands where the band advanced two rounds before enough votes weren't cast their way. These shows at the Roxy (August) and the Key Club (November) were played with a temporary drummer, Pat Lindley, who filled in wonderfully for Scott in what would ultimately be his permanent exit from the band.
The battle left the band wounded in search for a drummer yet again but full of vigor as they could be considered one of the top bands in the region with the level to which they advanced in the competition.
Kindred Fall began playing shows again in early February 2007 with the Canadian, James Forsberg, behind the kit and played another plethora of shows before his mysterious departure from the band in November of the same year. In that short era the band saw quite a few offers from fledgling film-makers to have their music featured in movies headed to national film festivals, plenty of shows, and touring possibilities. After continuing playing shows with borrowed drummers from other bands, most notably Patrick Shiroishi of Otomoto, they found their current drummer, Glenn Chu in fall of 2008.
With this lineup in place, the beginning of 2009 brought about much excitement as Kindred Fall began recording full-length self-titled LP, and began preparing to send themselves to Japan on a self-funded tour in June. The tour took them on a 30-day trip consisting of 14 shows in the greater Tokyo area. They were lucky enough to play with some very talented bands, including Jonny (from Nagoya, Japan) who is starting to make quite a bit of noise in their country. The success of the tour is pushing the band even harder to raise the funds to tour Europe and return to Japan in 2012 with the release of the long-awaited album coming April 2011.
January 2010 saw the end of an era. Corey made the decision to leave Kindred Fall to work on other projects that he had been working on and thus wanting to put music on the back-burner. His final show with the band was explosive, and some silly-string bombing ensued. Since his departure, Kindred Fall has focused on their acoustic set until settling on the bassist, Nate Cepeda, who would stick with them for the next 7 months before departing for personal reasons.
Their last concert of 2010 featured a “Phil-in” bassist (pun forced so… obviously intended!) that provided the vigor that hadn’t been seen for about a year. Phil Ngyuen, a friend and long-time fan of KF, is the newest member of the band and has firmly grabbed the post by the reigns. Fans have taken notice as KF continues their long stretches of shows in greater LA.
Kindred Fall are always in the process of making new music and love to create it from the many different influences that inspire each of them in different ways. Always looking to rock the house, the band will continue to play shows in their home region of southern California and branch out across the country and across the seas.