Brian Fallon Speaks in Anthems
How a tattooed Christian from New Jersey took the world by storm.
How do you go about practicing that now with the extremely busy schedule that the band has?
I think it’s about making time. That’s something that to me is more important than everything that I have to do. My band is my job, and it just happens to be that my job got to be my passion, but it’s like if you’re with your family and have a child, that’s your most important priority. It’s all about your priorities, and I can’t say I always do this, but my priority is definitely with my faith and God. I don’t think that all of this other stuff would have happened had it not been for God, because honestly I don’t understand what makes my songs better than anyone else’s and I don’t know why people like them, and I don’t even know why they come to me. It’s that whole verse “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things be added unto you,” I just really took that to heart and that’s what I believe. So when I go about my day on tour, the guys leave me alone, they don’t bother me about it. I’ve got my Bible and usually I start out the day like that, cup of coffee and read a little Scripture and then go to sound check or an interview or whatever. The other guys, in the beginning when we first started they looked at me like “what are you doing?” you know, “what are you doing with that?” and I’m like “nothing just reading my Bible” and they’re like “alright” (laughing) and now they just think it’s funny. Not in like a making fun of way, they are like “oh there’s old preacher Fallon in the corner” you know?
So what led you to making secular music?
That was a big fight, actually, within myself when I was 18 because I felt like I should. I was raised in the church so automatically I’m supposed to be in a Christian band or a praise band and I kept thinking “well these are the songs I should be writing but how come I can’t write those kinds of songs?” I would talk to people because I just felt like those were the rules and that’s what you were supposed to do, until I realized that that’s a calling. As if you were a pastor or a missionary or whatever, there are callings in life and I think that to write religious music and Christian music, to write what’s considered Christian music I think that’s a special kind of calling. I don’t think you can just say “hey I believe in Jesus I’m gonna go write Christian songs.” It just doesn’t work like that. I think that for me it was more about, I just gotta go do my thing and I’m going to write about what I know about and I’m not going to use any cuss words and if anybody asks me what I believe then I’m going to tell them. And that’s it. It’s kinda worked out pretty good.