How to Make Your Rock Band Theatrical

Fable Cry photoshoot
Fable Cry have won  fans with their over-the-top theatrics.

Lead singer Zach Ferrin explains the method behind the band’s madness on stage and in front of the camera.

Much of the inspiration comes from old stories, my own stories, or personal events/emotions that I wrap up into songs with ridiculous characters

Where do you find inspiration?
Much of the inspiration comes from old stories, my own stories, or personal events/emotions that I wrap up into songs with ridiculous characters. There’s a bit of me in every song, some more than others. It’s a fun way to confess all while still holding onto that all-too-intriguing mysteriousness.

When did you start adding theatrical elements to the band’s aesthetic and performance?
It’s really the only way we’ve ever done things.  Right now, it’s mostly makeup, costumes, and lots of interactive banter and story time, but our plans for bigger levels of theatrics are unlimited!

Have you used theatrical elements to connect with your fans?
Before we did the video for “The Good Doctor” we put out a call to everyone to like and share our stuff, and the reward was getting their initials written on a headstone on the miniature cemetery that’s featured at the beginning of the video.

How have your music videos boosted your profile?
We try to put as much creativity and quality into every single music video so you are pretty likely to enjoy it. That is the goal anyway! We’ve landed some great features with our latest video which has been helping us reach larger audiences. Since we’ve always held ourselves to a certain standard we hope to entice them with a taste, then keep them once they’ve gone down our so called rabbit hole!

Top tips for bands wanting to add some spice to their performances or image.
Assuming you already have an idea in mind of HOW you want to spice it up, just go for it. Most of the time the idea is there, you just haven’t figured out how to execute it yet. Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you can’t do it yourself, surround yourself with people who can. Do you want to wear makeup? Wear makeup. Watch YouTube tutorials and experiment. Do you want to be crazier on stage? Watch the best of them, get inspired, and don’t ever let yourself be the reason that you’re performing poorly. Dissatisfied with your current attire? Go to other stores. There are tonnes of ways you can improve what you’re doing. If you don’t have the spice, you can’t expect others to. Feel the spice!Assuming you already have an idea in mind of HOW you want to spice it up, just go for it

How do you incorporate props into your stage show?
We tell a lot of stories between songs, some of them related to the songs, some of them random. We also like to bring puppets, confetti guns, and umbrellas that each have their place, but often times (especially on tour) bringing too many extras can be difficult, so you have to work with your surroundings.

Tell us about a prop fail!
I was telling a story between the songs of the time my great, great, great grandfather was seduced by a pixy in the forest. Well, the interaction went poorly and he had to kill her to save his own life. The venue just so happened to have donuts behind the bar. Those donuts were the closest representation of the pixy bones that I could find for him to crumble up and roll into a napkin. And then smoke. I wouldn’t recommend it, but you can actually smoke a donut. I prefer sprinkled, but the glazed was just fine.

Where do you source your costumes and props?
Our biggest splurges are probably on hats, and a few commissioned items that just had to be had. But for the most part, we recycle, reclaim, and make, constantly.

Fable Cry performing

We want people to walk away from the show feeling awed, inspired, and exhausted from the intensity of it all (Source: Fable Cry, Facebook)

What would be your biggest artistic vision for a stage show?
We have so many plans for eventually bringing the theatrics to whole new levels, and the sky is really the limit. We want people to walk away from the show feeling awed, inspired, and exhausted from the intensity of it all.

Does the band have artistic differences? How do you overcome this?
When you’re in a band, you’re basically all dating one another, so you’re bound to have disagreements. But everyone is all really committed to each other and the vision of the band so our disagreements can mostly be settled over pizza and drinks. Overall, it’s great having multiple perspectives on things to help everything from getting stagnant.

Who would be your dream collaboration?
We are huge fans of Tim Burton and Danny Elfman (surprise, surprise!). Being able to join forces with one or both of those two would be more than incredible. So, gentleman, if you happen to be reading this and curious, we are in fact game.


Fable Cry band

Fable Cry, the theatrical scamp rock band from Nashville, TN, draws inspiration, musically and poetically, from all things imaginative, mythical, and spooky. With a colorfully haunting melody and a flourishing sweep of the hand, they will weave their strand of tales and take you with them on a ride: from the eerie solitude of a dark forest to the wily seas, from the tippy top of a wind swept mountain pass to the grittiest alleyways of sordid scum! They create a wildly unique experience and one that is not to be missed!

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