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Mountain Home hard rock fans triumph! There’s a local, up and coming rock band that wants to jam out with you.
Kingdom Falls, a local Mountain Home rock band created by father and son combo Dale and Dallas Wake, is now on tour after filling out its roster of band members, playing at festivals like the Thunder on the Mountain and the Indiana Summer Jam & Bigfoot Boogie.
The high energy band features heavy hitting drums and deep bass tones, while paying homage to the classic hard rock bands of the 80s and early 90s.
“We’re high energy and I think there’s definitely a message in most songs that we have,” said Kingdom Falls Drummer Jake Taylor. “We hope that the music brings people in, but I think the lyrics are probably pretty essential to our message.”
Formed in 2019 by vocalist Dale Wake and his son Dallas, who serves as the band’s bassist, Kingdom Falls has had its fair share of ups and downs over the year as the band has worked to find a place for itself in the local Ozark music scene.
“It started with a friend of mine, sitting in the living room and just jamming,” said Wake. “Then I asked my son to come out and play, and that’s how it started. I just started getting new members in and then some started leaving. I started out in a Christian band and then I went to play in a hard rock Christian band. I then started a band called Cyclonic out in West Plains, Missouri. I then started this one.”
While Kingdom Falls started off rocky with some members leaving to devote more time to their growing families, Wake and his son persevered, adding on and training new band members until they finally found the perfect match in bandmates Levi Decker, the lead guitarist for the band, and Jake Taylor, who plays the drums. Both Decker and Taylor hail from Salem, Arkansas.
Decker has played with Kingdom Falls for a year now. Taylor, who plays for several bands in Arkansas, recently joined the band a few months ago.
Together, the four members have found their footing, and have begun focusing on getting the band’s music out in front of the public. Kingdom Falls is currently touring to promote their first self-titled album.
“Ever since we got Jake, it feels more cinched in. Everybody gets along great. We aren’t having issues, everybody just came together,” Wake said.
Kingdom Falls pulls inspiration from several bands, musicians, and genres including Deft Tones, Tool, Travis Barker, Staind, Disturbed and more. Wake said he also takes inspiration from Elvis Presley when writing music.
And the inspiration shows. Kingdom Falls sounds’ covers a wide spectrum, with half time breakdowns and screams that are more popular in the modern rock scene today, to more technical pieces with clean lyrics and 80s styled guitar riffs.
Popular songs from the band include Heaven Save me, Can’t Stand Myself and Born to Lose.
The band’s name is a fun play on a group of survivors from the smash TV zombie show “The Walking Dead.”
Lyrical inspiration comes from band members’ past life experiences, with songs touching on topics like divorce, the passing of Wake’s father and suicide. While some songs touch difficult topics, others, Wake said, are just written with fun in mind.
“I lost my dad when I was 18. He was 49. I didn’t have a great relationship with him because he was always working and I thought I knew it all,” Wake said. “When that happened, it kind of messes you up a little bit, so I ended up writing some songs about it. I went through a bad divorce, so I got some songs that are suicidal. Then I got some that are just fun. Songs that have no meaning to them, just whatever was flowing in my head that day.”
Wake and his fellow band members said that writing music about those experiences has been helpful for not only themselves, but fans who connect to their songs due to past experiences themselves.
“A lot of people come up to us and tell us that our songs really hit home,” Wake said.
Kingdom Falls Guitarist Levi Decker also expounded on how music can help people get through some of their hardest moments in life.
“It’s about being able to help people,” Decker said. “I mean, music’s helped me through my life so much, when I thought it ain’t worth it and nobody’s going to care. But music has always helped me.”
Kingdom Falls can usually be found playing at venues through Northcentral Arkansas and Southern Missouri. The band plays weekly, with upcoming shows in Bald Knob and Springfield on Aug. 26 and Aug. 31.