Fake Problems – How Far Our Bodies Go

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Fake Problems

How Far Our Bodies Go - Sabot Productions

Fake Problems are a band that has been making a buzz for themselves the past few months, mainly thanks to an opening slot for the one and only Against Me! which introduced them to thousands of new potential fans. I was one of those potential fans, and as they left the stage drenched in sweat I was no longer a potential fan – I was a fan. It was the perfect band to open for Against Me! and was one of the most energetic and captivating opening acts I had seen in a very long time. Through this constant touring and grass roots promotion, the band slowly began gathering a rabid fan base outside of Florida and the release, How Far Our Bodies Go, was treated with great anticipation; and while the release doesn’t come close to packing the same punch that blew me away three months ago when I saw them live – it is a million times better than the emo-punk crap that everyone seems to be pumping out these days.

For you see, while they do bear a striking resemblance to their Floridian brethren in Against Me!Fake Problems have been able to move past that simple comparison and form a sound of their own. It is folk inspired punk – or polk as one of my friends likes to call it – with definite similarities to Lucero, The Rambling Boys Of Pleasure and Tim Barry. There’s an emphasis on hollow guitars and whiskey soaked vocals cumulating together with sing-along choruses and the occasional cow bell adding up for one hell of an album.

On top of the folk instruments like the cow bell or pedal steel, How Far Our Bodies Go is also filled with the slight use of piano, organ, mandolin, fiddle and even the occasional horn selection (saxophone and trombone). However, instead of taking over the songs, these instruments – particularly the horns and fiddle – are used softly enough in the background to propel the song forward. Staying & Leaving as Lying & Dying kicks off with a mandolin melody which is quickly build upon by the soaring horns placed softly in the background before the worn out vocals come blasting in while To Repel Ghosts bounces vocal melodies off the soothing fiddle in the background. It all works together for a cohesive album that is it’s own style built around a sparse sound of folk inspired punk and thus is able to stand out amongst the sea of mediocre releases that has been released the past few years.

At times it does miss that certain punch that really made them stand out as they stood on the Dinwoodie Lounge back in April but How Far Bodies Go is a phenomenal release from such a young band and is sure to only take them further and to a point where they can capture that intensity on a recording too. Songs like Born & Raised, Crest On The Chest and Life’s A Drink, Get Thirsty are able to blast through the speakers with fury and at the same time the stripped down tracks Cold On The Soul and Oh Maria show a softer side of the band that is equally as viable. Frankly, this fits perfectly into the Sabotroster, as it would in the No Idea roster too and fans of Against Me! should check them out now before they blow up and become the next big thing – because they definitely will become that.