Jump The Fall comes out swinging with their upcoming debut EP release that makes you want to put the pedal down! While recorded and produced by Dave Eve, Anthony Resta, John Mailloux, Paul David Hager, and mastered at The Lodge by Chris Allgood, Emily Lazar, and Valerie Wolfson, the songs are punchy and instantly memorable.
Guitar riffs from Ron Rich are infectious and the melodic vocals of Randy Bettencourt are instantly stuck in your head. Driven by the thunderous rhythm section that is Steve Kilroy and Tim Johnson, JTF could take the stage with any number of modern rock acts like Halestorm or I Prevail but could also fit in with many of the great late 90s acts like Deftones, Korn, etc.
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements?
Randy: We are getting ready to release our EP that’s been 10 years in the making. We are also currently working on “Part 2” of our EP, which is about half done. Obviously, with everything going on we’ve had to delay a lot of the studio time. But we are hoping to get it done and released by early 2021.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Randy: That band started to get put together in 2006. I was actually playing guitar to start and we auditioned tons of vocalists. Eventually, I put the guitar down and just concentrated on vocals. Today, I’ve picked the guitar back up. Just playing rhythm on a few songs in our live set and contributing to the music-making part of it as well.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Steve: I always loved performing and being in a band I thought was the coolest thing and did everything I could to get on stage.
Ron: well for this band we definitely wanted to bring a raw open chord driving force of hard rock that people need to buckle up for that is catchy enough they can sing along to
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Steve: Everything from theater to metal I’ve played a lot of different styles in different situations. I even was offered up the drumming position in Blue Man a few times.
Ron: Rock, Hard Rock and Metal
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Randy: Real People, making real music, for real people.
Steve: Positive vibes and positive actions.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Randy: I’m somebody who prefers to set small goals and as long as I’m attaining those small goals, small goals will amount to bigger ones. So for me, right now, I want this release of (Ten Year Guilt Part 1) to catch people’s attention and have them want more from us. I definitely want to play some meaningful shows for people and have them connect with us and just continue that growth.
Steve: To get to release the second part of this album. The next 4 are halfway there!
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Randy: They are both so different. Both awesome. But, playing live to a captivated audience who are really into what you’re doing, is the best. Seeing that instant emotional
reaction to music is really what it’s all about.
Steve: I love the entire process but live is where it’s at for me.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Randy: Complicated Relationships. Most people can relate, whether it be a love interest or a family member or a friend or frienemy. Say goodbye ( from Ten Year Guilt Part 1) is about drug addiction and the inevitable consequence of death by addiction. But I also will write about experiences or something I’ve seen or heard. There is usually something different brewing in my mind at all times.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Randy: With everything going on in the world today, I just want to remember that I have the gift of music running in me and don’t want to take that for granted. The fact that we are able to do what we do, to me, is an honor.
Steve: Inspiring the next generation., so important.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Steve: Like hurling your drums across the stage? Speeding at 100 miles an hour through Turkey with 5 people and equipment crammed into a car? Yelling FU and giving the finger to an unruly audience? Standing around the van with a hammer trying not to get beaten by a gang of thugs? Yes, I have a few ha!
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Steve: Not a request but one fan offered to have a jacket made from his heavily tattooed upper body after he dies to give to the band. He was Austrian, maybe that had something to do with it.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Randy: I’ve been indifferent bands since I was 18 years old and have always felt supported. I’ve had a great support system. My wife is amazing and my boys understand that Dad has to play Rock N Roll every so often. It takes a village at times and I’m very lucky to have a strong village!
Steve: My now ex-wife was not, my new awesome wife is very supportive )
I have 2 boys who are intrigued by it for sure but it can be confusing to some family members for sure.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Randy: Love what you do and don’t listen to any negativity. Take constructive criticism and take advice from bands that are further along the line.
Steve: Don’t settle for less and go for it!
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Randy: Terrible Lie, our NIN cover. I love playing covers, they are so fun. Hustler, we have a live video of it on our YouTube page but it will be one of the songs on our part 2 release next year. Just a cool tune and vocally it’s fun for me
Steve: Jump the Fall is a difficult set to get through as the drummer. I have a few favorites but Connect is good fun to play.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Randy: As a kid growing up, I just loved GnR. I was really young but I loved Sweet Child O Mine and it just stuck with me. I got bit by the Rock bug right there.
Steve: Rush, Zeppelin. The drum gods summoned me
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Randy: Foo Fighters are so fun. I saw them play at Fenway Park and they looked like they were just having so much fun. Deftones are one of my favorites. Chino is so raw and full of emotion that I really can’t compare to anything else. Nine Inch Nail’s shows are just insane. He’s such a musical genius. So… Foo Fighters, NIN, Deftones and Jump the Fall. I mean, that would blow my mind!
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Steve: Personally it’s perseverance. Getting on tours and releasing records also ranks.
Ron(guitarist): Seeing this EP through to the finish line to be released is huge for us
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Steve: Racing, restoring muscle cars
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Randy: I love Sennheiser microphones. They sound amazing. Guitar wise, I go between a PRS SE, Ibanez SZ, or a Telecaster. I love playing different guitars, so a lot depends on how I feel that day. Guitar sound these days are coming from a Line 6 Helix, Seymour PowerStage 170 amp and I have multiple cabs but usually, I’ll bring out the Marshall cab with Celestron Speakers. All this is subject to change because I love new toys and trying new stuff
Steve: Currently I have an RCi drum endorsement and Soultone cymbals. I use Vic Firth sticks and Evans heads with DW pedals and other assorted custom made items.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Randy: I think there are so many talented bands out there. We were able to with a few local acts while we were on tour in February. The thirst for Rock music is out there and we hope we can contribute to that.
Steve: Radio doesn’t seem to know what to do anymore but I’m excited about the new platforms. It’s how the modern world listens and I believe there are great things ahead.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Steve: None of us has a heroin addiction 🙂 (I think)
Ron(guitarist): When this Ep was written
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Steve: Listen, if you like it, add us to a playlist and help spread the word!
Ron(guitarist): Follow along with us on social media and at jumpthefallband.com and listen to our latest EP release Ten Year Guilt part one on all streaming platforms
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!