Hopesfall

Hopesfall was a post-hardcore band from Charlotte, North Carolina formed in 1998. They were signed to Trustkill Records. The band broke up in 2008, after all members, with the exception of Jay Forrest, decided to leave the band..


Biography


Hopesfall started as a Christian hardcore band in 1998. They released their first album, The Frailty of Words, soon after on the Christian hardcore/punk label DTS Records. Although The Frailty of Words remains to this day the band's longest album, it has been out of print for many years and is no longer acknowledged by the band on its website. Much of their popularity came later with 2001's No Wings to Speak Of EP. Shortly after the EP was released and a few member changes later, Hopesfall released The Satellite Years. It was recorded by Matt Talbott (former frontman for the space rock band Hum) in his Great Western Recording Studio. During recording, Hopesfall asked him to contribute vocals to the track "Escape Pod For Intangibles". The album received positive reviews, and continues to remain popular. The release of The Satellite Years, saw Hopesfall no longer considering themselves a Christian band, as well as the forced departure of guitarist/vocalist Ryan Parrish.


Two years later, the band released A Types, an alternative rock-inspired album showcasing a more straightforward pop sound. Only two members that played on The Satellite Years returned to the recording studio for A-Types (vocalist Jay Forrest and founding member/guitarist Joshua Brigham), as it is reported drummer Adam Morgan left weeks prior to A-Types recording.


Former drummer Adam Morgan returned to the band in late 2005, following Adam Baker's departure. However, he left the band before the Magnetic North sessions and was replaced by Jason Trabue.


Their latest album, titled Magnetic North, was released on , 2007. Chandler Owen contributed artwork for the release, and has designed all releases to date. The album can be summed up as being the perfect balance between the rock driven sound on A-Types, and the atmospheric sound on The Satellite Years.


In July 2007, Hopesfall released the following statement:


"Some of you have been inquiring why we haven't been touring as of late. For the past few months we've made a major lineup change to tour our latest release "Magnetic North". After recording the new album a lack of desire to be on the road to support "Mag North" became apparent. We are all very proud of our accomplishments with this record. In assembling a new lineup my hopes are that we generate interest in a) the music my former band-mates and I created "Mag North" and b) the new material my current band-mates and I have begun to write. We have some exciting tours lined up including ventures w/ the junior varsity, the receiving end of sirens, and oceansize to name a few."


Singer Jay Forrest was the only remaining member of the line-up which recorded Magnetic North. Joshua Brigham (guitar), Dustin Nadler (guitar), Jason Trabue (drums), and Mike Tyson (bass) all left the band at this point.


With these departures singer Jay Forrest and a new lineup went on to finish the tour Hopesfall were scheduled to start for Magnetic North. According to the group's MySpace, the current line-up now consisted of Forrest in addition to Cory (guitar), Paul (guitar), Joe (drums), and Rob (bass). Joshua Brigham left Hopesfall to join the Peace Corps.


In September 2007 the Hopesfall announced that they will be changing the band's name, but the name change will mean an official end to the Hopesfall era (after the change occurred, it will officially be a new band).


According to the Hopesfall MySpace page, replacements Paul Cade?ħa(guitar) and Robert Charles DeLauro (bass) (formerly of Long Island's "Kills And Thrills"), for Dustin Nadler and Mike Tyson respectively have been replaced by Andy Balfour (guitar) and Josh Johnson (bass). Paul and Rob left the band because "this ship is going down." (Rob and Paul had gone on to form a short stint musical endeavor called Small States (Paul now plays guitar for Victory Records band The Sleeping), while Joe Manzione is now the owner/president of Fourth Street Drums. As well as founding member of the punk band Ink And Lead).


A MySpace bulletin was released from the band on , 2008 that said the following about the band's breakup:


"Hey guys happy 2008! Word on the street is Hopesfall has broken up. Well.... " The one thing you can count on is word on the street ya, That's solid," That's a line from one of my favorite movies which stars one christopher walken. Anyway HF has broken up and we have all moved on to other things in our lives. Why the break up? Well it's a long story. To long for myspace but i will say this. I hate Trustkill and it's owner. Hahahaha. He's not the reason we broke up but i (we) do hate him. Anyway we have posted some new songs. 1 song that TK took off the record with out asking us or even telling us. What a bunch of assholes huh!? So you can download "Saskatchewan" if you'd like. We have a brand new song that we might post on here very soon. It's with out vocalsbut we like it a lot! It's a nice little gem. I have a bunch of demos from mag north also that i will post. a few are songs that we didn't even record so that should be fun huh!? Anyway take care kidos! Jason"


On January 17 2009 a message on Hopesfalls official Myspace stated that vocalist Jay Forrest was headed into the studio to put vocals on some remaining unfinished Hopesfall songs, whether these are from the Magnetic North sessions or something else remains to be seen, also the band updated there member portion of page as well. Instead of listing past and present at time of breakup members it lists the Magnetic North lineup.


Members


Member
The Frailty of Words
No Wings to Speak Of
The Satellite Years
A Types
Magnetic North
Instrument
Jay Forrest
X
X
X
Vocals
Joshua Brigham
X
X
X
X
X
Guitar
Mike Tyson
(Touring)
X
X
Bass
Dustin Nadler
(Touring)
X
X
Guitar
Adam Morgan
X
X
X
(Touring)
Drums
Doug Venable
X
X
Vocals
Ryan Parrish
X
X
X
Guitar/Vocals
Chris Kincaid
X
Bass/Vocals
Jason Trabue
X
Drums
Pat Aldrich
X
Bass
Chad Waldrup
X
Bass/Guitar
Adam Baker
X
Drums
??  ^  former member of Saved By Grace
??? ^  currently a member of Celebrity & The Good Wolves
Will Goodyear (Between the Buried and Me, Prayer for Cleansing, Lobbyist) - filled in on guitar live after the departure of Ryan Parrish

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