Narrated by Jake Busey, Colin Felger’s new documentary Falling Higher releases this week from ForceField Studios on major digital platforms. Mark Mason and his band Ampage have spent decades opening up for your favorite bands, now it’s time to hear and see their story.

Despite some experience with bands of the Sunset Strip scene, this music and film nerd was new to the music and story of Ampage – though upon listening to them, some things sounded somewhat familiar and their vibe was entirely what I’ve come to expect from bands in that scene. Tight musicianship, a fast lifestyle, a familiar rock sound, the music and image conveyed by Ampage feels like what you’d expect. While their name may not be entirely familiar and their specific songs may be new, anyone familiar with the rock scene of the Sunset Strip will feel at home with Ampage.

The story, however, is a bit more interesting than the ones we’ve heard many times before. Sure, there are some similar notes, but we also get to hear about a band who has had to be a bit more blue collar, continuing to work hard without the recognition and fame of many of the bands we’ve heard discussed so many times before. There are different wrinkles that are a bit more intriguing and helps us relate to the subjects of the film.

Felger’s documentary style is pretty straight ahead, highlight the band’s journey relatively straight forward and very easy to follow. We get to experience all of the controversy, all of the music, and all of the stories of Marc and the rest of the band.

In addition to the film, Ampage has released an accompanying soundtrack (with their brand new track “Sky is Falling” below). The entire soundtrack is available on Spotify and other streaming platforms now. While you wait to check out the film, whetting your proverbial whistles with the soundtrack will get you ready and give you a great idea of what you’re heading into.

In short, Falling Higher: The Story of Ampage is a solid watch for fans of music docs, fans of the Sunset Strip scene, and people who love rock and/or roll in general. Check it out this week if you fall into any of those categories!

And stay tuned later this week for an interview with Marc Mason of Ampage.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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