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Falling Through April “Zodiac” album review

Review by Belinda Glass-Reedy

Falling Through April’s Zodiac Album warms up a pretty chilly day.

When I was given the opportunity to review this album, it came at the perfect time. It was unseasonably cold and I was looking for an excuse to stay in. I’m so glad that Falling Through April was the selection I chose. I started with Better Off Alone, which was acoustic, and it was perfect. Mikaela Salazar has a beautiful vibrato voice that resonates throughout the song. The many songs on this offering have a cohesive flow and certainly should be expected to be heard on many different outlets.

I have enjoyed it so much, it is certainly going to be my go to music on many other gloomy days.

Their first single Desperate Measures was released in September.


And has since seen wide spread success including debuting at number 13 on the YouTube Alternative Hotlist playlist, and for good reason. Be on the lookout for their second video release shortly.

I have enjoyed it so much, it is certainly going to be my go to music on many other gloomy days.  I strongly suggest giving in and preordering it now.


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Official Press Release

Even though they are originally from disparate parts of the country, Charlotte, NC based Alt Rockers Falling Through April have come together to form a cohesive unit in a city that is rich in music history and has a thriving independent rock scene. Their energy is abundant in their live shows and in the music from their new album “Zodiac”, which will be released on January 19th, 2018 through Page 2 Music.

Falling Through April released first single and video “Desperate Measures” in September of 2017 and have gained significant visibility: Google Play Music’s Modern Rock radio channel and iDobi radio were early supporters and are playing the songThe video premiered @ Alternative Press and debuted @ #13 on the Youtube Alternative Hotlist playlist. The video will be featured on the Footlocker In-Store network in 1,835 stores in 23 countries starting January 1st as well as several other major brand retail outlets. “Desperate Measures” is playing in over 3800 Health Clubs worldwide, and has been added to syndicated shows like MusicMix USA and Sidewalks TV, among others.

The band performed “Coast To Coast” on CBS affiliate WBTV Channel 3 in Charlotte, NC during the on-air telecast for the 2017 Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade:


The band’s founders (Jim Siani, Dave Piontek, Taylor Foster, Dan Candia) have weathered the full gamut of hurdles as a startup since forming in 2011, ranging from exploding transmissions and ghosting vocalists to nearby celebratory gun fire landing Taylor in the hospital.   When charismatic front woman Mikaela Salazar stepped into their lives in 2016, the road blocks were removed, and everyone found something to be excited about.

The 4 founders found each other while playing in different bands that were a part of the Charlotte indie rock scene.  The band members came to music naturally, as they all had musicians in their family: Dan came from a long line of international musicians, and his dad always played guitar when he was growing up.  Dave started in music early, and in his early teens he became enamored of the Electric Bass and that became his instrument of choice.  Jim knew by the age of 13 that he wanted to be a professional musician, inspired by acts like Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, and his favorite band Weezer.  Taylor grew up watching his Dad play drums, so you could say they are in his family DNA.  Mikaela grew up in a house that was never silent, and the desire to be involved in music was second nature. She was inspired to become a singer by strong female musical role models like Alanis Morissette and Gwen Stefani.

The band has 2 previous independent releases: The “Take Flight” album in 2012; and the “Risk and Reward” Ep in 2015.

In early 2017 FTA packed up and drove to Nashville, TN for a several month’s long recording binge with producer and friend Jon King (Augustana, Darling Parade).  The result is their new album “Zodiac”, a powerful alt-rock collection that melds influences ranging from Incubus to Halsey.

The band has amassed a significant touring resume, having opened for The Pretty Reckless, Pop Evil, Adelitas Way, Flyleaf and more.  They have also performed at major festivals including the Vans Warped Tour, SXSW, Florida Music Festival,  Sonorous Music Festival, Dewey Beach Music Conference and Celebrate Fairfax.  Their touring has garnered them endorsements from PRS and Reverend Guitars, among others.

FTA’s goal is to have their music reach as many people as possible around the world and for their music to inspire and encourage listeners. Becoming a household name in the modern rock community drives them forward, and “Zodiac” promises to help them achieve that goal.  A second single and video will be released in early 2018.


Mikaela Salazar – Lead Vocals
Dan Candia – Guitar/Vocals
Jim Siani – Guitar
Dave Piontek – Bass/Vocals
Taylor Foster – Drums/Percussion


FTA - Zodiac Album Cover.jpg

Track Listing:
1). The Culprit
2). Desperate Measures
3). Seven Tries
4). Better Off Alone
5). With You In Mind
6). Coast To Coast
7). Fate & Fiction
8). Nothing Changes
9). Heart Sails
10). Better Off Alone (Acoustic)


Upcoming Live dates (more dates being announced soon):
1/15/2018 — The Pour House — Raleigh, NC
1/28/2018 — Amici’s (with Bobaflex) — Concord, NC
3/29/2018 — California University — California, PA
4/07/2018 — Cooper River Bridge Run Festival — Mount Pleasant, SC


Connect with FTA
Official Website: http://www.
iTunes pre-order link: id1308490780?ls=1&app=itunes product/B077725FXK/ref=dm_ws_ sp_ps_dp
Google Play Music pre-order link: music/album/Falling_Through_ April_Zodiac?id= B6cybjgm4m6ulfbur4ssnhzyr3e& hl=en
Spotify: artist/3nEKacGg0c9YYnMAhhQVFQ? play
Pandora: artist/falling-through-april/ desperate-measures-single/ ALJwrvZZ5h9jd7c
Facebook: FallingThroughApril
Instagram: fallingthroughaprilofficial
Youtube: FallingThroughApril
Bands in Town: FallingThroughApril

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