Falling in Reverse is an American rock band based in Las Vegas, Nevada, and formed in 2008, signed to Epitaph Records.
The band is led by vocalist Ronnie Radke alongside lead guitarist Christian Thompson, rhythm guitarist Derek Jones, bassist Zakk Sandler and drummer Ryan Seaman. The group released its debut album, The Drug in Me Is You, on July 26, 2011, which peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard 200, selling 18,000 copies in its first week. “Raised by Wolves”, “The Drug in Me Is You”, “I’m Not a Vampire”, “Good Girls Bad Guys” and “Pick Up the Phone” were all released as singles to promote the album. The band’s second studio album, Fashionably Late, was released on June 18, 2013, which peaked at No. 17 on the Billboard 200. “Alone”, “Fashionably Late”, “Born to Lead”, and “Bad Girls Club” were released as singles to promote the album. The band released three singles, “God, If You Are Above…” , “Guillotine IV (The Final Chapter)”, and “Sexy Drug”, in promotion of the group’s third album Just Like You, which was released on February 24, 2015.
The band has toured extensively in support of its releases with other musical groups such as Escape the Fate, Chelsea Grin, Atreyu, Attila, Metro Station, letlive., I See Stars, among several others.
In 2008, lead singer Ronnie Radke was involved in an altercation in Las Vegas that resulted in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Cook. While Radke did not shoot Cook, he was indicted on battery charges. These charges, combined with Radke’s past troubles with narcotics and rehab, led to a sentence of five years with probation. He failed to report to his parole officer and as result he was arrested in June 2008, where he was sentenced to two years in prison. At the time, Ronnie Radke was the lead singer of post-hardcore band Escape the Fate, which had released its debut album, Dying Is Your Latest Fashion, in 2006. Following Radke’s incarceration, Escape the Fate kicked him out of the band and replaced him with former Blessthefall lead singer Craig Mabbitt. Max Green, bassist of Escape the Fate, stated about Radke’s law problems that, “First we couldn’t tour out of the country, then out of the state.” Radke was released on December 12, 2010.
Radke discussed his relationship with Escape the Fate members since his departure from the band, stating that they have tried to reconcile with Radke but he was uninterested in getting back on friendly terms with them after they kicked him out and misinformed their fans about Radke getting caught with heroin inside prison. Radke stated in an interview, “They make a whole album called This War Is Ours, and then they try to say, ‘We didn’t name that album after you, dude.’ Which in fact, they did. I could be wrong; they could be talking about the war on terrorism or something. I don’t know. But I just have a feeling that record name was about me. They talk a lot of shit. It is always about forgive and forget, but there’s some things that I would like to say. So I did. On the record.” During his time in prison, Radke formed a new band called From Behind These Walls and officially began creating media with the band upon his release, later forced to change its name to Falling in Reverse due to copyright infringement. In 2009 with Radke still in prison he came to launch a demo of his band, due to contacts with several musicians he had. The demo contains four songs that were not put on the debut album The Drug in Me Is You. The original lineup consisted of Radke and bassist Nason Schoeffler, who helped find guitarist Jacky Vincent and rhythm guitarist Derek Jones. The band went through several drummers. Nick Rich was later replaced by Oscar Garcia, Khaled Biersack, and former LoveHateHero member Scott Gee, as official members, before finding former the Bigger Lights drummer Ryan Seaman. Schoeffler quit the band in April 2011 and was replaced by Mika Horiuchi, formerly of the band Cellador, who also later departed from the band after issues with Radke.