Will Parry and Steve Ornest from Fallen Riviera are two guys who met as students at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where they forged a friendship borne out of a deep love of classic rock music — well, one half of the duo had a deep love, the other was sort of lured into it. More on that later.
Will Parry is originally from England, and Steve Ornest comes from the Golden State, but despite their disparate geographical origins, they became musical brothers in arms and formed Fallen Riviera. They relocated to Los Angeles after leaving Berklee where they quickly grew their following by consistently playing the club circuit.
The band’s blend of pop with alt rock flourishes caught the ear of producer Ken Scott after the group was recording at Total Access Studios — owned by Wyn Davis. Scott agreed to produce their latest single,“Those Times Are Gone,” and the result is a wonderful mix of carefree pop with lyrics that are more forlorn at times. Wyn Davis produced the rest of the album, Another World, which dropped on March 5th, and Fallen Riviera will be heading out on the road to promote the record later this spring.
Popdose writer, Ted Asregadoo, had a chance to talk to Parry and Ornest about their music, working with Ken Scott and Wyn Davis, their partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and there was even time for some lightning round questions.