Q & A With Bob Bardou From One Step From Falling

Q & A With Bob Bardou From One Step From Falling

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements?

Bob – We are extremely excited to be releasing our 1st release under the Pavement Entertainment Label called “STUCK ON THE WAYSIDE” It will be available May 1st, 2020! It’s a 15 song album that we can’t wait to get out!


XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?

Bob – The band originated in 2011 in Syracuse, NY but really started hitting our stride in 2013 and have been traveling all over the USA playing our music ever since. We also added a 5th member early 2019, Mr.Ty Gleason on the drums! This made it possible for Steve to take full reign as lead singer. Its been a hell of a ride so far and can’t wait to see what’s next!


XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?

Bob- Well We’ve all been playing music for a long period of time. 3 of us (Pete, Steve, and Myself) actually went to High School together and started jamming and hanging out every day. That led to writing songs and thinking we have something good going on. We started taking it more serious and a band was made. The best part is the fun is just as alive today than it was then.


XS ROCK: What is your music background?

Bob – We’ve all taken lessons and/or taught ourselves how to play many instruments. It’s just the passion of creating and learning to get better that drove not just myself but all of us to this point of pushing the music we write together. I think it’s safe to say that music has always inspired us.


XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?

Bob – I know Steve would want me to say “PURE SEX” which he’s not totally wrong but it’s deeper than that. Music can hit people in so many ways. A song can be interpreted in many different views. That’s the beauty of music. To me, I think our music can touch people in the same aspect. Every song has a meaning, a truth… mix in some badass riffs and rhythms with some energy and emotion… BOOM that’s OSFF music.


XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?

Bob – TO BE NAKED AND FAMOUS!!!! Isn’t that every rocker’s ambition? But truthfully we just want to be heard, get the opportunity to live the dream. Continue traveling to different cities, countries meeting new faces in new places spreading our music along the way, while never stop creating and recording.


XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

Bob – oh that’s a tough one. Personally I love playing live shows, the adrenaline that comes from the second you hit the stage is a surreal feeling. But you can’t continue doing that unless you’re writing. Which while writing new material we always push ourselves to dive deeper, try something new, share a little more of ourselves. That too is a rush. But did I mention how killer live shows are?


XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

Bob – Steve writes all of his lyrics. A unique thing about this band is we all put our own twists on things during the writing process and see how we can add to a song. I always poke fun at Steve saying he sings about the 4 D’s – Death, devils, demons, and drugs!! But really if you listen, every song is a part of life being shared. The good, the bad, the in-between, and reflecting on them.


XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?

Bob- To never stop having fun. To enjoy every moment of this.


XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.

Bob – Have you ever been in a van for 14hrs at a time with 4 other people for days, weeks at a time? Weird Shit I tell you what! Pastries go flying, nonstop pranks, waking up places you have no idea how or where you are… I mean there are some killer memories but what happens in the van stays in the van! You never know what you will get yourself into some days/nights. Those can be interesting/outrageous but part of life. Never a dull moment that’s for sure.


XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?

Bob – I think someone asked Josh if he could smoke part of his dreads before when he had them… that was pretty strange but we totally get it.


XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?

Bob – Friends and family are huge supports systems! They have all been in corner pushing us since day 1! We wouldn’t be where we are today without them. That’s the truth. They all come to as many shows as possible, even ones who come out when we are on tour in their city/state. Some of our biggest critics but also some of our biggest fans! Nothing but love for them all.


XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?

Bob – Never give up! Cliche’ as F#ck but true. The hardest thing is to learn how to bend but not break. Not everyone is going to agree with everything but don’t let that stop you. The music comes easy, it’s the commitment to each other and your instruments that need to stay true.


XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?

Bob – Another tough question. Every song is like a created mind baby. It’s hard to choose. It really depends on the crowd on a particular night. It can vary that way. Some songs can pump up a crowd differently on any given night and that’s a beautiful thing to witness.


XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

Bob – For me, my first ever concert was a big festival in Syracuse called the Krockathon. Just the atmosphere from that hit me in a way I can’t explain. Now playing a few festivals, the feeling still remains. Pretty badass if you ask me. As far as individual bands I would have to say TOOL puts you in another place musically and when they play live. Mesmerizing. But I can’t answer this answer fully without mentioning the Deftones. The energy and emotion I get from their music and live shows are a huge inspiration to me.


XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

Bob – N’Sync, Whitesnake, and the Monkees!… NOT! Bands that I can listen to everyday night in and night out. TOOL, DEFTONES, CHEVELLE, or NOTHING MORE. Put ONE STEP FROM FALLING on the same bill as any of these bands something wild is going to happen. I promise.


XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

Bob – There are definitely a few. The first show we ever played, the first single or demo we ever recorded all the way up to playing in front of thousands at different festivals like ROCKLAHOMA, Ink in the Clink and Trespass America. Hell going on every tour has been huge accomplishments. Those are the easy ones to think of but when I think about it harder, I think one of the biggest accomplishments is hearing crowd after crowd reacting to the music my bandmates and I create. Always saying music got us here.


XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

Bob – Ever seen Bob’s Burgers? I’d make that a reality!… Honestly, I don’t know, even in college all I wanted to do is play music. Every job I ever had was just to score money to buy new gear, studio time, or gas to the next gig. I called them bill payers, never thought of a day job as a career. Don’t really want to.


XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

Bob – Well Josh flies a rocket ship that warps thumping bass noises he plays on his Warwick, Ty beats the shit out of his Spaun Drums, Pete and I rock purdy Ibanez git fiddles with Mesa Boogie noise makers, while Steve whispers sweet nothings through a rusty crusty Shure microphone.


XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?

Bob – Locally in Syracuse and CNY up in New York where we hail from there is a killer music scene. The motto 315 is alive has been used for good reasons. But if you’re talking nationally I think there are many great and talented bands out there. Literally we have had tremendous opportunities to play with some great bands in so many places. It’s always cool to see that no matter where we go. The times we get to play with the heavy hitters it shows that rock is not dead even though many people have said or think that. It’s still alive and kicking (thanks Nonpoint!) Music keeps evolving but as long as it’s real and people come to shows I think scenes no matter where or who they are will prosper.


XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

Bob – Me personally I hate wearing shoes on stage… HATE IT! I’ve gone so far as feeling the stage burn my feet while I play to where I couldn’t stand still the whole time. The crowd must have thought I was really into it or just messed up on drugs or something.

As a whole One Step From Falling is just 5 dudes who enjoy playing music. We wear our hearts on our sleeves and stay grounded. I guess the biggest surprise about us is that we have not reached our peak yet. We are still climbing, never satisfied but cherishing every moment.


XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

Bob – The NEW ALBUM – “STUCK ON THE WAYSIDE” is out!!! Dropped May 1st through Pavement Entertainment. We are beyond thrilled and excited to share it with anyone and everyone who wants to listen! Make sure you stay connected on all social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and even snap chat (Get behind the scenes peaks of our tour life and studio life).


XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!

Bob – Thank you! Great questions, look forward to doing this again in the future!