A little over a week ago, the modern day prog-rock warriors The Fall Of Troy touched down upon the Bottom Lounge here in Chicago. After belting out heavier than hell tunes such as “Laces Out, Dan!”, “Semi-Fiction” and their newest epic number “Panic Attack,” the incendiary three piece led by guitarist/vocalist Thomas Erak blew speakers off the stage left and right. While dutifully serving as the opener for emo legends Thursday, without a question The Fall Of Troy stole the show following performances by Michigan quintet La Dispute and Louisville rockers Young Widows.
Whether it was Erak’s erratic guitar solos, drummer Andrew Forsman’s sonic blasting or bassist Frank Ene’s manic stage presence, The Fall Of Troy made Chicago its home for over an hour and never let up. Before the mayhem manifested itself in the back reaches of the Bottom Lounge however, I had a fortunate opportunity to interview the electrifying Washington trio before their fantastic performance. What started off as just any old interview quickly turned into an awesome conversation involving unusual tales from the road, Randy Quaid’s bizarre performance in Independence Day and its “all or nothing” gamble on their newest album, In The Unlikely Event. Without further question, I present to you faithful CoS readers, one of the best live bands I have ever seen. Brace yourselves, I’m not kidding… The Fall Of Troy.