The best way to describe Home for Fall is that they are the guys you want to hang out with. Taylor Liff (vocals/guitar), Matt Bowen (bass), Jack Burg (drums), and Ryan Stout (guitar) are the boys-next-door who understand what we go through , because they live in our world. Billed as pop/punk/alternative music, the Home for Fall sound ranges from fast-paced pop to traditional punk, and everything in between. The music is thrilling because it is all about you.
Inspiration is a fleeting moment that can last forever. Home for Fall enjoys playing the local shows, but the chance to play Warped Tour was a dream come true. Liff explains, “When I found out we were going to play Warped Tour, it was the first time I ever thought ‘Wow, this is happening!’ It felt really cool to be playing local shows. We already had the CD out and a bunch of people who liked it, but when I got the news that we were going to play Warped Tour, it was a huge moment for me.” For Stout, encouragement came with a smaller gesture. Before a local show, one of his first grade students gave him a post-it note which he kept folded in his pocket throughout the performance to remind him of where he is and how far he has come. Bowen credits his mother as his inspirational force, because she is always on hand to reassure and reinforce as needed.
It’s not always warm in Ohio. It was not easy for Liff, who at the tender age of fifteen moved from sunny days in California to the ice and snow in Cleveland, Ohio. He struggled to find his place in a world that was drastically different than what he was used to. Words from the title track on their new EP Everything I Never Said say, “I get so scared of being singled out/And I’m not fitting in/That I’d rather just stay home/Then go out again”, describing how difficult it is to at times to adjust to new surroundings. Often our own feelings create a conundrum; we want to explore and be out in the world, but at the same time we long for the comfort and familiarity of home. Lucky for us, the heart and soul of a musician cannot be denied and through trial and error, Liff’s passion for music won out. Transferring his experiences to music resulted in songs that cover a myriad of emotion from haunting ballads to upbeat party tunes that anyone can relate to.
There is more to music than music. It may seem easy enough to write songs and learn to play an instrument, but music encompasses much more than what we see on stage. Home for Fall has learned that stage presence does not just happen and are discovering ways to make the live show more visually appealing. Even finding artists with a common vision was a daunting task. Liff tried craigslist.com and met some interesting people, but no musical partners. It all fell into place when Liff and Burg added Bowen on bass and most recently Stout on guitar. Bowen describes meeting Liff as, “The first time I met Taylor I thought he was somebody I could hang out with and not like, get pissed off about. Or, if I had some constructive criticism, he seemed like he could take that pretty well. So, Taylor is a really easy person to be in a band with. He’s a really open guy.” With a solid line-up and shared goals, Home for Fall is set to hit the ground running with music that I predict will be on playlists across the country in no time at all. Their last video for “California” premiered on Bryan Stars earlier this year and fans can expect a new video for the song, “Too Late” which will also be released by Bryan Stars next month.