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Left to right: Jacky, Ronnie, Ryan, Derek, Mika.

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Falling in Reverse is a screamo/metalcore band from Las Vegas, Nevada. They were officially formed when their lead singer Ronnie Radke — former vocalist from Escape the Fate — was released from prison in 2011. They released their debut album later that same year.

The band was notorious for the drama surrounding their lead singer and their rivalry with Escape the Fate. Ronnie Radke was arrested in 2008 following run-ins with the law over narcotics possession and battery charges for a fight that left an eighteen year old dead. Whether Radke was asked to leave the band or was fired, either way, some bad blood seems to have come out between the rest of the band and Radke. In 2013 Ronnie made up with Craig and announced a joint tour between the bands.

Originally the band's image was somewhat the "bad boys" of post-hardcore, between having one album dedicated to insulting Ronnie's former band and another dedicated to flexing like mainstream rappers. Inadvertently helping this was Ronnie having several run-ins with the law even after getting out of jail, including being arrested for assault after throwing 2 mic stands into a crowd, something he deeply regrets. Starting with "Just Like You" the band presented a much more serious image, with none of their prior ego.

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Members:

  • Ronnie Radke - lead vocals, additional guitar since "Coming Home"
  • Zakk Sandler - keyboards and rhythm guitar, bass before the lineup change of 2018
  • Max Georgiev - lead guitar
  • Tyler Burgess - bass
  • Brandon Richter - drums

Former Members:

  • Nason Schoeffler - Bass
  • Scotty Gee - Drums
  • Mika Kazuo Horiuchi - Bass
  • Ron Ficarro - Bass
  • Max Green - Bass
  • Jacky Vincent - Guitar
  • Ryan Seaman - Drums
  • Christian Thompson - lead guitar
  • Derek Jones - rhythm guitar (died 2020)

Discography:

  • The Drug in Me Is You (2011)
  • Fashionably Late (2013)
  • Just Like You (2015)
  • Coming Home (2017)
  • Neon Zombie EP (2023)

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  • Love Is a Drug: "The Drug In Me Is You" and "Sexy Drug".
  • Missing Mom: This comes up on a frequent basis in songs about Ronnie's life, with "Drifter" and "I Don't Mind" focusing on the impact of his mother's absence on his later life.
  • Morality Pet: In the "Popular Monster" music video, a Cooldown Hug from a young girl, stated via Word of God to represent his real daughter, is what pulls Ronnie out of his werewolf rampage.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Directly quoted in "The Departure".
  • New Media Are Evil: This appears multiple times in the music videos for songs off of the Neon Zombie EP, including the hypnotic T Vs in "ZOMBIFIED" and Ronnie murdering caricatures of himself attempting to cancel him on Tik Tok in "Voices In My Head".
  • New Sound Album: Fasionably Late. They changed back for Just Like You.
    • Coming Home incorporates space-rock elements into their sound.
    • Their singles since Coming Home have both reintroduced rapping, but not the crunkcore style that came with it.
  • Ouija Board: "Don't Mess With Ouija Boards" references the titular boards in its chorus. The rest of the song is about a Deal with the Devil, so it's implied the Ouija board summoned some sort of demonic entity.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: Ronnie turns into a werewolf near the end of the "Popular Monster" music video.
  • Our Zombies Are Different: The ones in the "ZOMBIFIED" music video are stated via Word of God to be a metaphor for cancel culture so it's debatable if they're symbolic or not. Otherwise, they resemble the usual rotting-human-with-torn-clothes design, but maintain some degree of sentience, are implied to be the result of media brainwashing, and avert No Zombie Cannibals; in a scene in a diner, a zombie waitress points to another one and the horde tears him apart. They also don't seem to realize they're zombies, based on a scene in which a zombie cheerleader sees herself as a human in a reflection.
  • Parental Abandonment: A common subject of their songs that describe Ronnie's life.
  • Rearrange the Song: "The Drug in Me is Reimagined", a Softer and Slower Remake of "The Drug in Me is You". Until the end, at least.
  • Religion Rant Song: Ronnie is not a fan of religion at all, criticizing it for its treatment of LGBT people.
    • This section from the breakdown on "Popular Monster", whereby Ronnie also proclaims himself as a non-believer on the hook:
    Praying to a god that you don't believe
    You're searching for the truth in the lost and found
    So the question I ask is, oh, where the fuck is your god now?
  • Revolving Door Band: Forming a band at the start of your 2 year long prison sentence will do that. Jacky Vincent arrived early on, but the rest of the band wasn't stable until shortly after the first album came out.
    • For those wondering, Anthony Avilla and Gilbert Catalano were the first two guitarists, and Nick Rich, Oscar Garcia and Khaled Biersack were all briefly the drummers. None of these are mentioned in the members list because they were gone before the first album was recorded.
    • Minor case in 2014 with bassists. Ditching Ficarro to introduce Max Green, who left after all of 4 months. Live and in the studio he was replaced by session member Jonathan Wolfe for the recording of Just Like You, before permanent replacement Zakk Sandlernote . Ryan Seaman left in 2017 and was replaced by Rage Richter
    • Another round of this happened between 2016 and 2018, with Jacky Vincent leaving and being replaced by Christian Thompson, who left in 2018 after a torn rotator cuff and was replaced himself by Max Georgievnote  and then Zakk Sandler switched to guitar and keyboards and the empty bass slot was filled by Tyler Burgess.note 
  • Rock Me, Asmodeus!: "Don't Mess With Ouija Boards" uses a Deal with the Devil as a metaphor for a self-destructive music career.
  • Sanity Slippage Song: "I'm Not a Vampire"
  • Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll: The focus of many of their songs.
  • Stock Monster Symbolism:
    • "I'm Not A Vampire" uses vampirism as a metaphor for drug addiction.
    • The "Popular Monster" music video, stated via Word of God to be about "what happens when you're pushed too far", features Ronnie succumbing to rage and turning into a werewolf.
    • "ZOMBIFIED" uses zombies as a metaphor for comformity and "cancel culture".
  • Take That!: Most of their first album, especially songs like "Caught Like a Fly", "Tragic Magic", and "Raised by Wolves", seem to be a huge Take That! to Escape the Fate, with lyrics like "I just learned that my fate is something I can't escape", "This war is mine" (in response to ETF's album This War Is Ours), and "I dug a hole ten miles wide, so I could throw all of you inside."
  • Take That, Critics!: "Alone" and "Losing My Life" consist of Ronnie saying that he doesn't care what the haters say about him and/or directing insults to them.
  • Turning Into Your Parent: Used dramatically in "I Don't Mind", in which Ronnie states that his worst fear, embodied by him not seeing his daughter due to his career, is turning out like his Missing Mom.
  • Uncle Sam Wants You: A Freeze-Frame Bonus in the "ZOMBIFIED" music video includes a poster of a zombie Uncle Sam with the line "I want to eat your brains".
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Alluded to in "I'm Not A Vampire", in which being able to lure any woman into his bed is one of Ronnie's stated vampire-like qualities.
  • Wakeup Makeup: The music video for "The Drug In Me Is You" starts with Ronnie waking up with eyeliner on, somehow.

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