Falling Mirror are a South African Rock Band which immerged at the end of the 1970’s onto the post punk/pop scene. Formed around two first cousins Alan Faull and Nielen Marais, the background story behind these two intriguing characters deeply affected their lyrics, music and performing process. Falling Mirror was a great alternative rock band before the term "alternative" was even invented!
Snapped up by Tusk Record Label boss, Benjy Moody, the band released a string of critically acclaimed albums, but personal problems in the band and the historical context of South Africa saw them never achieving the status many believed they were destined for.
1979 - Falling Mirror debut album, Zen Boulders, was awarded Album of the Year in South Africa, and Falling Mirror are invited to stage a promotional tour of the United States to support the album launch in the US. But late in 1979, organisations were formed to prevent musicians and the like from coming into that country, and others raised funds for the ANC and PAC. After much debate, the US, UK and 23 other nations had passed laws placing various trade sanctions on South Africa including the touring of SA artists. This ended the falling Mirror Dream of taking their unique style of Rock to a global audience.
December 1980, Falling Mirror second album, The Storming of The Loft is awarded Album of the Year in South Africa...but they are landlocked and losing faith in the system. Anxiety and substance abuse make touring and live appearances almost impossible.
November 1981, Falling Mirror's third album ‘Fantasy Kid’ is released, but the bands frustrations are overwhelming, best demonstrated on the haunting track ‘Ballad of a Failure’.
In 1986, 'Johnny Calls the Chemist' was released and remains one of the most disturbing and complex concept albums ever made in South Africa. The title track was number one and became not only an anthem for the South African privileged generation, but also a protest song among many in South Africa’s disenfranchised youth.
The band's inability to tour in promotion of this hit album ended their relationship with their record label, and Falling Mirror went into 25 years of hibernation, recording hundreds of songs in private... but unable to face the public.
Johnny Calls the Chemist Anniversary re-release in 2012 is given 4.5 stars by Rolling Stone Magazine, calling the album “Darkly Paranoid, and Deeply Honest”...at this time the lead singer and lyricist is destitute, living in a hedge outside a suburban home in Cape Town.
A local entertainment promoter meets the original members, and they agree to reform the band, and create a documentary feature film about a 30 year story of creative genius gone wrong, and the road back to sanity and success. This film will be receiving a major international release during 2014, along with a tour of the US that the band could not undertake in 1979 due to the cultural boycott.
Falling Mirror is a cultural treasure and the most unique rock act in South Africa today.