Music Monday: Fake Problems (4.23.12)


My roommate had been talking about this band for a good two weeks and up until last Tuesday, I didn’t understand why. If only she had played more of their music sooner…or maybe I needed to see them live in order to truly “get it.”

Fake Problems was one of 3 supporting bands at the Say Anything concert and by the end of the night, I couldn’t stop thinking about their set- Fake Problems stole the show.

Fake Problems is a 4 piece punk rock band from Naples, FL consisting of Chris Farren (lead vocals guitar), Derek Perry (bass guitar), Sean Stevenson (drums) and Brian Bluont, the replacement for former guitarist Casey Lee.

Their most recent album, Real Ghosts Caught On Tape was released in 2010. Past albums include It’s Great To Be Alive (2009), How Far Our Bodies Go (2006), and the Spurs & Spokes / Bull > Matador EP (2006).

Fake Problems has an excellent stage presence, smiling and dancing the whole time they play. Their music is so upbeat and airy that it’s impossible not dance to it. (“Souless“) I always love bands with cheerful sounding songs that actually have dark, cynical lyrics. It’s somewhat amusing because Farren has the appearance of this adorable, clean-cut guy, but then he opens his mouth and creepy shrills and screams pour out. (“5678” is a great example of one of the eery sounding songs.)

Most of Fake Problems’ music is on Spotify, but y’all know where to go if you’re itching for new music. Enjoy!

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