Fall On Your Sword premiere debut track

By on June 9, 2011

Will Bates – an award winning composer and creator of notorious viral videos including “Shatner of the Mount” –
and Philip Mossman – a founding member of LCD Soundsystem and Oceans Eleven co-composer –
combine forces as Fall On Your Sword

Working together since 2008 on commercials – their first was honored with a 2008 Cannes Gold Lion Award and a 2009 Gold Clio Award – their own cleverly cheeky cultural manipulation music videos and film scores,
Fall On Your Sword will release their debut LP on July 19 through Milan Records,
the soundtrack score to the Sundance-rewarded film Another Earth.

Today they debut album track “The First Time I Saw Jupiter” on RCRD LBL –
Fall On Your Sword is all about merging sound and vision…”The First Time I Saw Jupiter” strays from LCD’s pop theatrics, opting for bursts of analog tones, reverberated drums and an interplanetary take on classical composition.

This Saturday, June 11Fall On Your Sword play at the Lincoln Center’s brand new Film Society Center.  Immediately following the show will be a super-secret screening of an as yet undisclosed film.  The show is part of the center’s preview weekend which includes screenings and panels with amazing directors such as Mike Nicols, Jason Reitman, Oliver Stone and Mike Cahill (director of Another Earth).  Full details here.

View the official trailer from Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Another Earth, in select theaters July 22.

More Fall On Your Sword and Another Earth information below.

Praise for Fall On Your Sword and the Another Earth Soundtrack

“Fall On Your Sword are quite possibly the coolest thing on the planet at the moment.” 
James Murphy, LCD Soundsystem
“I found my favorite new band at Sundance.”

Jason Reitman (director, Juno, Up In the Air)
“The integration between film and music I saw tonight was the inevitable post-Warhol quantum leap.”

Howie Klein, DownWithTyrany
 “Fall On Your Sword provide continual Sonic Stimulation.”


 Another Earth synopsis
In Mike Cahill’s Sundance award winning debut Another Earth, Rhoda Williams (Brit Marling), a bright young woman recently accepted into MIT’s astrophysics program, aspires to explore the cosmos. John Burroughs (William Mapother), a brilliant composer, has just reached the pinnacle of his profession and is about to have a second child with his loving wife. On the eve of the discovery of a duplicate Earth, tragedy strikes, and the lives of these strangers become irrevocably intertwined.

The History of Fall On Your Sword
Fall On Your Sword are Will Bates and Phil Mossman.  Though originally from London, Bates and Mossman met in Brooklyn where they now record and reside.  The duo has gained swift recognition as a rising force in the world of contemporary film scoring as well as recording/performing artists and viral video mavericks.  
Will Bates is an award winning composer and graduate of the University of Westminster and the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied music composition and jazz saxophone.  As a saxophonist, Bates collaborated with a myriad of legendary artists such as Roy Ayers, Paul McCartney, Steve Hackett, Marc Almond, Lulu, and Marshall Jefferson.  As a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist, Bates has recorded under the name of his own post-punk outfit The Rinse and collaborated with Electric Six front-man Dick Valentine as The Evil Cowards.  Bates’ first outings as a film composer bore fruit quickly as he scored “You Won’t Miss Me,” which premiered at Sundance and won the Gotham Award for “best movie not playing at a cinema near you,” shortly followed by David Kaplan’s “Play,” which won “Best Short Film at Puchon International Film Festival” and “Chosin,” a documentary about the Korean war. In 2009, Bates created the first of a series of Fall On Your Sword videos which have become a centerpiece of the FOYS live show experience, the most notorious of these being “Shatner of The Mount,” with around 1.5 million YouTube views at last count.
Philip Mossman came into prominence during the UK’s post-rave era as a member of Andrew Weatherall’s dark apocalyptic visionaries The Sabres of Paradise.  Mossman later joined forces with David Holmes to collaborate on a slew of productions for the likes of U2, Manic Street Preachers and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. Holmes’ cinematic influences soon caught the attention of Hollywood’s heavy hitters and the team was commissioned to score Stephen Soderburgh’s “Out Of Sight” and later “Ocean’s Eleven.”   In 1999, Mossman began work on two seminal recordings, Primal Scream’s “Xtrmntr,” which was awarded #3 of NME’s Albums of the Decade, and David Holmes’ “Bow Down To The Exit Sign” at Plantain Studios in Manhattan, now home to the seminal NY label DFA.  When Mossman chose New York as his home in 2001, James Murphy promptly invited him to join the newly minted outfit LCD Soundsystem.  After five years with LCD, Mossman made the tough decision to quit touring, but was recently invited to rejoin the band’s final shows at Terminal 5 and the now legendary and epic finale at Madison Square Garden.
Bates and Mossman met in 2008 when they collaborated on a soccer boot commercial that was honored with a 2008 Cannes Gold Lion Award and a 2009 Gold Clio Award.  In 2010, work was completed on the building of “Fall On Your Sword Studios” and, within a year of their launch, FOYS have scored no less than five full-length feature films, including “Aardvark” directed by Kitau Sakurai, “Another Earth” directed by Mike Cahill, “The Normals” directed by Kevin Connors, “Generation Um” directed by Mark Mann and “A Sweet Little Bullet from a Pretty Blue Gun” directed by Matt Ross.  In addition to the film work, FOYS are releasing the sound-track album for “Another Earth” through Milan and DFA records, and they have been nominated for a Clio for their score of the “OFF” tile sequence animation.   


Author: DaveHHM

Dave Luttrull: Owner/Editor in Chief of Hellhound Music. Star Wars nerd, Gamer, Destiny homer, blogger, writer and lover of all things music.