ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
By Jeff Zon
Gazette file photo
KEEPING THE FICTION REAL. The boys in From Autumn to Ashes perform with
Hopesfall, Most Precious Blood and Silverstein at the Embassy tonight.
Sometimes great accomplishments come from modest beginnings. Musical success
is subject to a variety of measurements, not the least of which is a widespread
and devoted fanbase.
Probably the most objective accomplishment of musical success is “making
it” — quitting your day job and composing for a living. For a health
food store clerk, a coffee shop server and a couple other regular Joes, determination
becomes the key to living a dream.
From Autumn to Ashes materialized in Long Island during the summer of 2000,
spawned by the aspirations of musical greatness and the boredom of routine.
Given the adverse climate facing garage bands these days, Autumn decided to
take themselves seriously.
Drummer Francis Mark comments on the band’s determined effort. “I
mean, it’s a risky move to do music full time... but the way I feel about
it, the way music is right now, no one is going to go out there and hand you
a record deal.
“It’s really rewarding to go out there and create a fanbase for
yourself. It’s way more meaningful establishing yourself when you’re
not on the radio or on TV.”
Each member of the group has quit his day job and focused entirely on practicing
and making new music. The resulting success surprised even the band. Signing
under the umbrella of Vagrant Records, they released their sophomore album,
The Fiction We Live, earlier this year.
The gentlemen of From Autumn to Ashes certainly have a way with words; more
specifically, song lyrics and titles. Their first album Too Bad You’re
Beautiful is a meaningful twist on how physical beauty can turn into jealousy
and conceit. Their premium prose talent showcases the band’s authoritative
control of emotion in music, sending messages in their songs that are crystal
Of course, in music, inspiration and passion are byproducts of plenty of exciting
offstage experiences. Autumn has a way of creating excitement wherever they
“[On Thursday], we were in Spranton, Pennsylvania playing a show. Afterwards
we went out to this piano bar with Homesick for Space, a band we’re touring
with,” Mark says, adding “[The bar] had a few very talented piano
players, but we decided to relieve the piano player of his duties and started
playing The Beatles and Billy Joel loudly and drunkenly. We pretty much emptied
the bar after that.”
Autumn also has a knack for bumping into celebrities. They’ve met such
greats as Metallica and Iron Maiden on tour in the United Kingdom.
Mark describes what was probably the most random bump. “We were in a
shopping mall in Atlanta — we swung a door open and it hit Method Man.
We though he might try to kick our asses, but we were with 10 guys and he was
only with one. Turns out he’s actually a nice guy.”
The band hits The Embassy tonight and has carried with them the promise of
a crowd-pleasing performance. Admits Mark, “I almost prefer to play shows
for kids over there [in Canada] than kids in America. They make you feel really
Tonight at The Embassy, From Autumn to Ashes perform with Hopesfall, Most
Precious Blood and Silverstein. For more information, call 434-6604.