Aaron Stauffer (Seaweed, Ghost Work) Pays Tribute to The Fall’s Mark E. Smith on New Track

Over the summer, I chatted with singer-songwriter Aaron Stauffer (Seaweed, Ghost Work) about his recent solo work. Well, I'm happy to report that he's continuing to ride his creative wave with a track he's written that was inspired by Mark E. Smith, the late musician behind UK post-punk legends The Fall.

Scroll down to listen to "Over the Falls" and get Aaron's thoughts behind his lyrics:

Here's what Aaron shared "Over the Falls":

"I can only think of Mark E. Smith when I hear the middle part of this song. He is one of my favorite punk rock heroes, ever since I heard the 'Cruisers Creek/L.A.' 7-inch single that my pal mark purchased at Tower Records when we 15. No one was like Mark E. Smith. Undefinable.

"I remember seeing that The Fall were playing in San Fransisco when I first when on tour with Calvin and Tobi ( I was 16) and thinking, "I will never get to see The Fall! They will be broke up by the time I'm 21." How overjoyed I was when Seaweed was booked to play the side stage of a large room in the depths of Germany where The Fall was the headliner of the larger venue 

"When we finish our soundcheck; there is Simon and Craig, watching us, drinking pints and avail for fanboy chatting. No Mark E. Smith. 'You won't see him but on stage.' the set was fantastic. I love that early '90s late night disco-era Fall; and it turned out I did see him as I was going back into the club, at then end of night and Mark E. Smith was be ushered out. He looked dark and twisty; sweating. True to form.

"I would like to pour one out for Mark E. Smith—I imagine him drinking gin.

"Of course this song is not about Smith or The Fall; more about work, hours spent there and near complete loss of control. Over the falls in surfing is when you don't make the drop and are deposited, generally headlong into the mess."

Listen to more of Aaron's solo work on Bandcamp.


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