Cromm Fallon’s dad, John Fallon, has been the lead guitarist and vocalist for psych-rock band The Steppes since the early 1980s, and father and son play together in Las Vegas band The Laissez Fairs. But when it comes to his own music, Cromm, 26, prefers to pave a distinct path, a product of his personal touchstones.
“I didn’t hold back in terms of influences,” he says of the music that impacted solo debut Electric Bloom, due out May 17. “It’s a little bit of everything that I love, from my garage roots to power-pop to psychedelic, shoegaze and indie pop.”
It’s true, Electric Bloom recalls everything from freakbeat to jangly rock. Album opener “Second Bloom” would feel at home on a release by New Zealand label Flying Nun. But Cromm Fallon—former singer of The Astaires and the current frontman for The Van der Rohe—attributes these songs most to his late bandmate and friend, Aly Prudence, who encouraged him to start a solo project. Electric Bloom is dedicated to her memory. “She kick-started the idea that I should even be doing this in the first place. [And] she got me out of a writer’s slump that I was in.”
Fallon will DJ May 17 at Zia Record Exchange on Rainbow to celebrate the album, which is available for pre-order at rumbarrecords.bandcamp.com.