Getting to know Sydney folk duo The Falls

Sydney folk duo The Falls tell us a bit about themselves:

The Falls are Simon (boy) and Melinda (girl). We write songs together. We used to be a couple. Then we broke up. Even though we broke up, we still enjoy writing songs, cooking pesto pasta together, paying each other out and eating burgers/tacos/pizza at 1am after gigs.

Our debut EP is called Hollywood. For almost two years we played every Wednesday night down at the Hotel Hollywood in Surry Hills (Sydney). When we began to put the songs together for the EP, it became clear how connected these songs were to the time we spent in that old hotel. When it came time to record, we really wanted to capture a little bit of Hollywood magic on every track. So, we recorded the reverbs for it down in the bowels of the Hotel by playing the tracks through a guitar amp into the men’s toilet. If you could smell reverb, our EP would smell pretty bad. We are calling it pee-verb.

Our tour will be littered with half-eaten toasted sandwiches. It’s the most consistent food item you can buy at airports and service stations. Actually… no, just airports. The most reliable food you can get from a service station is a meat pie. By the end of our tour with Passenger in August we will be able to tell you which airport in Australia makes the best toasted sandwich and whether or not Mike (from Passenger) is a morning person.

Sydney is home.

We’re currently listening to…
something old: ‘Harvest’ by Neil Young
something new: ‘Channel Orange’ by Frank Ocean
something borrowed: ‘Rumours’ by Fleetwood Mac (on vinyl, gotta give it back!)
something blue: ‘Sea Change’ by Beck

It might surprise people to learn that, no, we will not get back together. We have broken up for good.

THE FALLS – Australian Tour Dates 2012

Sat 4th Aug: The Empress Hotel Melbourne VIC  
Tickets $10 + bf from or $12 on the door
18+ Doors at 7.30pm

Sun 5th Aug: Pure Pop Records Melbourne VIC
Free. All ages, Doors at 4.00pm

Sat 11th Aug: Hellen Rose Schauersberger Laboratorium Sydney NSW
Tickets $15 + BF from or $18 on the door
18+ Doors open at 8pm

Thu 16th Aug: The Hi- FI Brisbane QLD – Supporting Passenger
Tickets available from or Moshtix
18+ Doors 7.30pm

Fri 17th Aug: The Hi- FI Sydney NSW – Supporting Passenger
Tickets available from or Moshtix
All ages, Doors 7.30pm

Wed 22nd Aug: The Rosemount Perth WA – Supporting Passenger
Tickets available from
18 + Doors 8pm

Thur 23rd Aug: Fowlers Adelaide SA – Supporting Passenger
Tickets available from
All Ages, Doors 8pm

Fri 24th Aug: The Hi-Fi Melbourne VIC – Supporting Passenger
Tickets available from or Moshtix
18+ Doors 7.30pm

Sat 25th Aug: The Waratah Hotel Hobart TAS – Supporting Passenger
Tickets available from
18+ Doors 9pm



Interview by Bobby Townsend