ntroducing Nottingham UK pop-punk gang As December Falls, who recently released their bold and sincere new album Join The Club through ADF Records via InGrooves.
After sold out shows across Europe, winning Best UK Breakthrough Act at the Heavy Music Awards, festival appearances at Download Festival, Slam Dunk, 2000 Trees, Rock For People and support tours with Bowling For Soup and Hot Milk, As December Falls are taking over 2023 with their highly anticipated third album, Join The Club. Despite having no label or management, the band achieved their first top 20 UK album at number 11 in the Official Album Charts and number 1 in the Official Rock and Metal charts.
Singer Bethany Hunter explains the story behind Carousel: ““Have you ever seen two people that are just terrible for each other? You’re standing on the outside powerless to help as they go through the same vicious cycle again and again. Carousel is about the ups and downs of a toxic relationship and falling in love with hating each other just so you can fall in love all over again. You end up in a bad cycle that leaves you feeling dizzy and like you are on a carousel going round and round, but you just can’t see how unhealthy it is for you.”
Working around strict schedules decided by their day jobs, As December Falls worked with producers John Mitchell (on Go Away) and Alex Copp (Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes), mix engineers Ian Dowling (on Home – One Direction, Kasabian, McBusted) and Stevie Knight (Yours Truly, Stand Atlantic) and Grant Berry (All Time Low, Static Dress) for mastering to bring Join The Club to life. As December Falls fiercely independent streak is out in full force on their new record.
Speaking on the release of “Join The Club”, Bethany Hunter says “This album is everything to us, it honestly almost feels like our debut album as it’s the first time we’ve managed to achieve the exact vision of what we have for As December Falls. There’s not a single track on the record that I think we could have made better and I’m so proud of this body of work. Even if we don’t chart and don’t hit ‘industry goals’ the fan’s reactions have made all the hard work worth it. If anything else comes out of it, it’s a bonus at this point.”
“Join The Club” is a landmark release for As December Falls. Their 2021 release, “Happier”, saw the band step into the UK pop-punk scene from their previous position of independent outsiders but with “Join The Club” they have completely arrived. More confident of their instincts and abilities, this album is their heaviest and bravest yet.
Throughout the album, “Join The Club” reveals itself to be a spectacularly personal record as themes of deep adoration and subsequent heartbreak, anxiety and ultimate perseverance are explored even deeper than As December Falls have done before. As December Falls dispel the idea of the burden of friendship on “Honey” and “I Can’t Sleep” gives insight into Hunter’s own now-conquered challenges.
As December Falls videos have enjoyed regular rotation from MTV, Kerrang TV and continued support from Kerrang Radio and BBC Radio 1 DJs Jack Saunders, Alyx Holmcombe and Nels Hylton (who named Carousel as his Future Flavour upon release). This support has been echoed by the likes of Kerrang!, Rock Sound, Upset, Distorted Sound, When The Horn Blows, Noizze, Rock Sins, Punktastic, Already Heard and many more.