Sticking to their roots has paid off for Alternative Rock Band Reliance Code, landing them opportunities at Blue Ridge Festival, Rocklahoma, & support slots with acts like HELLYEAH & Texas Hippie Coalition.
At the end of 2014 lead-singer, Todd Falconer and bassist Josh Roach founded RC, but didn’t step onto the stage until summer 2016. Before their live appearances, the rock band premiered their single “Come Alive,” in 2015, quickly following up with a 4 song EP, snowballing growth at a different level.
RC quickly found themselves on Arkansas’ The Fort 94.5, named April “Band of the Month” by Krave Radio, & landed the 5 piece with Grammy-nominated and multi-award winning producer Alex Gerst. During their time with Alex, Reliance Code would complete their first full album, “Finding Your Way Out.”
The album speaks about important topics like overcoming addiction, dealing with heartache, learning to live in the moment, and making the most out of life. Co-founder and bass player Josh Roach was nice enough to talk about his experiences so far with the band and album “Finding Your Way Out” in an interview.
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What’s up Reliance Code! So for those who don’t #knowthecode yet, can you tell us what Reliance Code is all about? We all have to rely on each other to perform, it takes all 5 of us doing what we love. But we all have to be there, be on time, be sober, be accountable, and be reliable. That’s the code that we live by.
How does an Alternative Band from Eastern Oklahoma get hooked up with a Grammy-nominated and multi-award winning producer Alex Gerst?!
That took a lot of internet searching and digging around, Todd had nerded out and found that he’d recorded an earlier album from Nothing More and also Seasons After. So we just reached out, sent him some recordings that we’d gotten from a different Studio. We weren’t happy with the quality of those so we just scrapped it. But Alex could see the potential that was there so he agreed to work with us.
Where does the inspiration for the music come from on your album “Finding Your Way Out?”
Just life experiences, our vocalist Todd battled drug addiction and trouble with the police, luckily he overcame all that. He’s now clean and sober, but those battles, fighting those demons, that’s what the album is all about. It’s about Finding Your Way Out of that darkness and into the light of living right and making a positive impact on society. Dirty Girl was about when he first met his wife, Come Alive is just small town living, having fun, partying and honestly getting wasted.
The band started in 2014, but took time to find the right drummer, so what did you guys do until Chris came into the situation? Did you have to find fill-in drummers for studio sessions and live performances?
We had a couple younger guys when we first started and they eventually left the band for their own reasons, always on good terms. So the drummer left and it did take a lot of searching. We started with all band members being from our little town Stigler, OK but we found Chris from Ft. Smith, AR. He was playing in 2 or 3 different bands, Todd reached out on FB, met up with him, and played him Come Alive over his phone and he joined the band. Then the bass player left the band, we tried for a while to find another bass player with no luck. So I made the move from guitar to bass, we brought in Cody from another small town in Eastern OK about 20 minutes away. He eventually left and then we brought in JC. Every departure was due to the band’s success, believe it or not, more traveling and more shows, finding out that not everyone is cut out for band life.
Your Midwest talent has managed to get you all the way to the East Coast as part of the Blue Ridge Rock Festival. What was that like?
It was easily one of the top 3 moments of the band’s short existence!! There were so many really good bands on that lineup. THC, Everlast, Sick Puppies, Saliva, Drowning Pool, Scott Stapp and we were the 2nd band to play!! Getting to share the stage with some of the bands I grew up listening to was a dream come true. We hung out backstage eating the fresh grapes from a beautiful vineyard in Concord, VA just chatting around with the other bands trying not to show our fandom. The weather was very pleasant, the local wine was outstanding!!!