Genre: Rock, Pop
What if all your rock & roll dreams came true by the time you were sixteen?
Fallon Bowman can answer that question. At the age when most of her peers were picking out junior prom dresses and thinking about SAT scores, Fallon, a former member of Kittie, was playing to thousands of screaming fans every night, touring with Ozzfest and opening metal festivals in Europe with all the big names of turn-of-the-century metal. Her band’s debut record had gone gold, and their videos were in constant rotation on MTV. Still, the teenage guitarist found herself more and more interested in industrial and trance, and as her bandmates began preparing darker, heavier material for their second album, Fallon decided that the band’s direction ultimately wasn’t for her.
So what did she do? Bowman quit the band and returned to her hometown of London, Ontario. Fallon likens her homecoming to a case of the bends; she returned to find that starting her life right where she had left off was easier said than done. She enrolled at her former high school and slipped back into her old social circle. In the late summer of 2001, Bowman was on a plane to New Jersey when the thought of creating her own electronic project initially struck her. After much trepidation, she bought a Groovebox and began writing her own music. She christened her new project Amphibious Assault (after a military tactic) and set about crafting the songs which would become her debut album, District Six.
Fallon discovered that creating on her own was an intensely personal, difficult experience, but when the record was finished, the result surprised her. District Six was released in late May of 2003. A political album at heart, it was a melodic, heavily danceable record that wore its influences on its sleeve. Through word of mouth and the band’s website, Bowman was able to build up her fan base and sell the record through her own record label (Social Unrest) with virtually no touring or outside promotion. A second record, On Better Days and Sin-Eating, followed in 2006, as well a string of shows. With a live band behind her, Bowman found the confidence she needed to perform her newer, more personal material that mixed her previous electronic edge with pop and R&B influences. Her style of writing had changed - while she continued District Six’s political agenda, much of the album focused on more personal issues – relationships, loss, and a wide range of emotions.
While Amphibious Assualt went on hiatus so Bowman could complete university, she continued to experiment with her wide range of influences, and thus the new project was born.
This new project is a natural progression for Fallon Bowman. Musically,it borrows from a wider range of influences, fusing modern R&B with 60s soul while maintaining Fallon's dual foundations of rock and electronica. Bowman’s successes have led her to discover that she could continue to push the envelope and expand her musical limits, attacking her sharp, deeply personal lyrics with a powerful, unmistakable voice and a wall of full-on electronic abandon.
At 25, Fallon Bowman has seen and done things that older musicians can only dream of, but she’s still got her eye on the future. Although this new project has its heart in a familiar place, Fallon has taken both her songwriting and her creative vision to an entirely new level. Fallon Bowman has finally developed a concrete battle plan, and She will not rest until she has conquered all.