WHEN TROY FALLS

When Troy Falls is (currently) a two piece band from Troy, Illinois. With influences like Hands Like Houses and Our Las Night you know their music is going to be good.

Sticks and Stones is their latest release which you can listen to here, on YouTube or Spotify.

Who are the members of When Troy Falls?

My name is Shane Hurley. I do all of the producing, composing and recording as well as vocal performances on all of our tracks. My job is to take an idea that Aaron may have come up with or analyze the lyrics that he’s written and bring it to life with sounds – the music.
My name is Aaron Krenning, I write all of the lyrics, and share the vocals on the tracks with Shane. I do the majority of the screams as well. I also sometimes help Shane with the production of the tracks, whether it be the melodies, or things to fill out the sound of the track.

What are you looking for in new band members?

Shane: First and foremost, people that we can get along with. We’re pretty easy going people but band members are like family. If you go out on the road, you basically live with them. It would be hard to spend that much time with someone that you don’t enjoy. However, we are looking for members. At the moment we’re pretty much in search of everything. Aaron is a vocalist and I’m primarily a guitar player but in the studio I’ve had to juggle between recording the keys, guitar, bass, etc.. Gotta work with what you have!

What is the best way for people to contact you to become a part of When Troy Falls?

We keep up with our Instagram account pretty regularly. Follow us and shoot us a DM! Or you can email us at whentroyfalls@yahoo.com.

How long have you known each other and how did you meet?

Shane: We’ve known each other for about seven years now which is crazy because we’re only twenty years old. We kinda just got clumped together as kids do in school and you start to talk and hangout. We’ve just been best friends ever since.

How long have you been in a band together?

Shane: We’ve been making music together for about a year and a half now. Before we started to exclusively work with each other we had come out with a few songs (a few songs that probably should have never seen the light of day.) That’s mostly due to the fact that I’ve only been producing and recording for about two years and at that time, I was still learning how to produce rock music – and still am. We decided earlier this year in February to exclusively work in a band that’s now know as When Troy Falls.

What is your favourite song you have recorded?

Shane: We have about 12 or 13 songs that are being worked on in some capacity for our new album ‘Learning To
Forget.’ It’s funny, we’ll be working on a song and I’ll think “man, I think this is my favorite so far” but then we get to recording other songs and it feels like each one just gets better than the last. It’s really just a constant of trying to make sure we get the most out of the song that we can. As far as on the new record, I would have to say that
‘Picking Up The Pieces’ or ‘Walking With My Demons” are on my high-ups. On our EP ‘Life,’ I think my favorite would have to be between Vertigo and Sempiternal.
Aaron: For me, songs have always been more about the lyrics that accompany them, so having said that, I think that “Sempiternal” is probably my favorite off of our EP ‘Life’. On the newer album however there are much more songs to choose from, and they all span a variety of subjects. It’ll likely come down to the sounds of those for me. As of now, on ‘Learning to Forget’, I would say that “Temporary Chaos” is my favorite.

What bands have you been influenced by?

Aaron: We take our influences from many bands, and genres, and I don’t think there is one band that we could name that we are trying to sound like. All of our songs are unique in their sounds and their lyrics, as I think it would be much less sincere if they weren’t. I think a better way to answer this would be naming the bands that have influenced us to make music, rather than the ones that our sounds are influenced by. These would be bands such as Hands Like Houses, Our Last Night, I The Mighty. There are several other bands and artists, spanning several genres other than the ones mentioned.

How would you describe your music to someone about to listen for the first time?

Shane: I don’t like defining ourselves or limiting ourselves by putting a label on what our music is or supposed to be and/or sound like. As artists, there’s no reason to put ourselves in a box. We like guitars, we like synths… we like screaming, we like pianos. I think it’s evident in our next album that there are no preconceived ideas about who we
are and how we’re supposed to sound. Each track is different sounding – whether it be huge differentiation or something miniscule. The lyrics are really what put the overall sound on the song.
Aaron: As Shane said we try not to confine ourselves to a certain sound or genre, overall. The way that ‘Learning To Forget’ is shaping up it seems like there will be at least one song on the album that anyone could enjoy. There are elements from many different categories and genres sprinkled throughout the entirety of the album.

Where would you like to see your band in 6 months?

​Shane: I really don’t know what to expect in all honesty. One day we’re scattering, trying to figure how to do this
song, stressing about everything… and then the next day we’re working with the very people that have influenced us to make the music we make. If you were to tell me a year ago, even six months ago, that we would be working with Trenton Woodley of Hands Like Houses, I never would have believed you. With that being said, I have no idea what to expect within the next six months, twelve months, or even 5 years. All I can hope for is that we’re making music, connecting with people, and making a difference in people’s lives.

What is the biggest struggle you have had on your music journey?

Shane: For me, I would have to say that being on our own makes it pretty difficult. Everything from money to just… insider knowledge of the business. People forget that there’s a business aspect to making music too. Bands aren’t marketable if they don’t have a following – which is why you HAVE to be on social media if you want to make it in this
day in age. Being by ourselves, having to keep up with social media, trying to meet and make genuine connections with people and fans while also having to keep up with our day to day lives does make it difficult… But at the end of the day, I think being on our own is what’s going to make us successful.
Aaron: I think my biggest personal struggle is not knowing anything about the music industry or music itself whenever we first began. I have always been a vocalist and a songwriter since we began, nothing more, nothing less; but I have never had vocal lessons, or a mentor, or any sort of guidance. Everything I know about music, vocals,
and writing is from learning on my own, or with Shane’s help. I guess you could say Shane has been the closest thing I’ve had to a vocal coach.
I’ve always been deeply interested in music and the production of it, but never really knew how or where to begin until Shane and I began making our own music. Sure, at first the music was terrible, but we were still proud because it had been something that we made ourselves, with no one else’s help or guidance. And I think that’s the biggest achievement one can accomplish.

What is your process of writing songs?

Aaron: When I write, it isn’t something I can just sit down and do. I can’t just think “I’m gonna go write a song”. I think this holds true for most songwriters, though. It’s hard to write whenever you don’t have a particular sound, topic, or feeling on your mind in that moment. A lot of the time it is something I am thinking about, have been thinking about, or am feeling at the time. This new album, as you will notice, is much more personal for me than ‘Life’ was. That’s mostly because ‘Life’ was more of a concept album based around these four people each going through their own personal struggles. Other than “Cancer” which was written about my grandma.
Like I said, most of the time it is something I am dealing with at the time. Then there are other times where I think of a phrase or some word comes to mind, and I will attach a topic to that word or phrase and bam, there’s a song. Also, when I write I tend to go on writing tangents, where I will pump out 4-5 songs within 20 or so minutes. Then other
times it takes me days-weeks to begin writing again. I wouldn’t say it is writer’s block, but either life gets in the way, or there is a lack of inspiration at the moment. I believe I wrote around 35 songs for ‘Life’, and we dwindled it down to 4. Likewise, I wrote around 30 songs for ‘Learning To Forget’ and we decided on 12. Songs have been switched out, and switched around to make room for better ones.  However, all in all I would say I am happy with the current lineup of ‘Learning To Forget’ and I think our listeners will be too.
So, to make a long story short, when I write I don’t really have a process. It’s more like controlled chaos. Songs coming out left and right one moment, then the next moment I am struggling to rhyme a word with ‘thing’. It’s all rather interesting to watch, I’ve been told.

How do you listen to music? (Spotify, YouTube, Apple music)

Shane: I go crazy on YouTube. The rabbit holes I go down are insane. I’ll discover an artist and get to YouTube and look up live performances, interviews, anything… and 4 hours later I’m still on the same artist! I also use Spotify as well when I’m in the car so I can just put it on shuffle and not have to mess with my phone every time I want to change the song.
Aaron: Typically I use Spotify for the variety that it gives. Much like Shane’s YouTube rabbit hole, I find myself (rather regularly) down one on Spotify. I have found numerous new bands/artists just from listening to stations, or letting the music roll after a playlist has ended.

What is one thing you can’t live without? (other than air and water)

Shane: I hate to say it, but my phone. I feel like that’s a commonality with almost everybody though. We live in this world where you really need to stay up-to-date with technology. Other than that though, wrestling. I grew up watching it as a kid. Once I started getting into my teens I kind of grew out of it. Within the last two years I got back into it and can’t get enough of it.
Aaron: The first thing that comes to mind is family. I know that seems like a cliche, but we have always been a very tight knit group, and to not have them anymore would be hard for me. But I think it would be hard for anyone.

Who is your biggest supporter?

Aaron: My sister has always loved all of the songs we have put out. She has always pushed me to be the best vocalist and writer that I can be. She shows our music to new people, and brings new fans to our attention, and I
couldn’t ask for a better “biggest fan”.

Where would you love to tour?

Shane: Anywhere there are people. All kidding aside, we’re looking for exposure. We have no reason to be picky about where and when. We’ll take just about anything because we’re hungry for it. However, if I had to choose places to tour, I’d love to make the rounds in Australia.

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