Formed in late 2013, Falling From Trees began life as an acoustic three-piece comprising brothers Adam White and Leo White on guitars and backing vocals and sister, Rebecca White, on lead vocal duty. As voracious music lovers, it was only a matter of time before the siblings came together to formalise their musical endeavours, combining folk and blues influences with soulful, jazz-tinged vocals. Under this formation, Falling From Trees went on to release two EPs, On and On (2015) and Words (2016), both of which received considerable airplay and critical acclaim, including a glowing review from FATEA Magazine who described the title track of the latter as a “folk anthem” (source). They also gigged relentlessly during this time, honing their craft and becoming favoured regulars in the Norwich music scene. This lead to some incredible opportunities, including a coveted support slot for Mark Flanagan of Jools Holland fame at the Southwold Arts Festival and a set for BBC Voices at the Lord Mayor’s Celebration in Norwich.
In 2017, Falling From Trees expanded to include Joey Scampion on bass guitar and Sam Ball on drums. This instigated a shift from the band’s previous folk inspired sound to a more rock orientated approach, marrying gritty electric guitars with a powerful rhythm section; all whilst retaining the melodic song writing and vocal harmonies that have come to define Falling From Trees’ inimitable style. This change in dynamic has also been reflected in the band’s live show, which has blossomed into an energetic and infectious affair leading one reviewer to comment, “tighter and bigger than ever they are thriving and the audience felt and loved it too” (source). Falling From Trees’ debut full-band single, Dirty Footprints, was released in December 2017; an irresistibly catchy blues-rock number that perfectly showcases the band’s bigger, bolder and uncompromising new sound. This is followed by a brand new five track EP, Sleepless Nights, released in Summer 2018 ahead of a string of festival appearances, including Homegrown Music Festival, Harlequin Fayre and Trunchonbury 2018.
- Sleepless Nights (EP, 2018)
- Dirty Footprints (Single, 2017)
- Words (EP, 2016)
- On and On (EP, 2015)
- Rebecca White - Lead Vocals
- Leo White - Lead Guitar, Vocals
- Adam White - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
- Joey Scampion - Bass Guitar, Vocals
- Sam Ball - Drums
press & testimonial
Altwire – "Sleepless Nights" EP Review (source) – 2018
"As an early offering of what will hopefully become a long series of ventures musically, this is a body of work to be proud of in the years to come and as a reintroduction to Falling From Trees, Sleepless Nights is exactly what it needed to be."
Outline Magazine – "Sleepless Nights" EP Review (source) – 2018
"An accomplished collection that would equally work its magic at a Summer festival, accompanying a few beers around the campfire on a deserted Norfolk beach, or on the jukebox of a bar in a dusty mid-west town in America."
Norwich Evening News – Mammal Not Fish review: a prime example of why you should always support local music (source) – 2018
"Falling From Trees have a great ability to connect with a crowd, and everyone seemed to really enjoy hearing them perform. The energy and musicianship that they gave to every song was infectious and they soon had people tapping foots and dancing along."
norwichblog.com – The Revelation Brothers + Falling From Trees + Hot Raisin + The howtocuredyslexia Band @ OPEN, HANK @ The Owl Sanctuary 22 September 2017 (source) – 2017
"The development of this band in the two or three years since I first saw them is incredible. [...] I don’t think I’ve known such a rapid improvement in a band before, they’ve grown as a group so much, with the corresponding self confidence that comes with that. Tighter and bigger than ever they are thriving and the audience felt and loved it too."
Outline Magazine – The Revelation Brothers Album Launch, OPEN Norwich (source) – 2017
"They are fronted by vocalist Rebecca White, whose amazing voice always adds a sucker punch of soulful and smoking blues to their traditional folk influences. Brothers Adam and Leo provide vocal harmonies whilst Joey Scampion contributes some punchy bass playing and drummer Sam Ball effortlessly keeps everything tight. As a five piece, they sound better than ever."
FATEA Magazine – "Words" EP Review (source) – 2016
"Like a forest of smouldering leaves, Falling From Trees is a fantastically ambered-hair family of young performers with a 'happy folk' sound [...] If 'Falling from Trees' is 'happy folk' then the first track 'Words' is a joyous track. It is like a folk anthem with a bouncy, optimistic back arrangement."
FolkWords.com – "Words" EP Review (source) – 2016
"There’s a theory, well proven, that siblings’ voices blend in a seamless way that few vocal collectives can achieve. The two brothers and a sister that form Falling From Trees are further proof of that assertion. Their latest EP, ‘Words’ is awash with engaging harmonies and deliciously effusive lead vocals, it also proves that Adam, Rebecca and Leo White compose string-driven tunes laden with subtle melodies and engaging hooks, walking the line between contemporary folk with touches of blues and a sprinkling of jazzy influence."