New Music Fridays: Fake Your Own Death
It’s Friday, and that can mean only one thing:
It’s time for some new music.
Although this week’s featured band, San Francisco-based Fake Your Own Death is new to these pages it already has a six degrees of separation affiliation with That’s Funky Awesome. You’ll recall an interview I did last year with Roosevelt Radio bass man Adrian McCullough? Well, Adrian is now pulling in some serious overtime with Fake Your Own Death. Having been witness to McCullough’s skill with the bottom end (easy now-I’m talking about the sound spectrum) for some time now, I understand why his talents are in demand. And they fit in perfectly with Fake Your Own Death, a five piece power pop outfit that isn’t afraid to experiment with open spaces that allow their songs to breathe, and at the same time are more than willing to drop the hammer and just let sheer forward momentum carry a track down the home stretch.
McCullough’s cohorts are all veterans of the Bay area music scene, and while still a ‘young’ band, Fake Your Own Death have managed to rack up some impressive live credentials. Amongst them, a slot on San Francisco’s Noise Pop festival and a spot at this year’s SXSW music showcase in Austin, Texas. They’ve also been busy in the studio under the guidance of producer Sean Beresford, whose credits include Vanessa Carlton and Third Eye Blind and is considered the honorary sixth member of the band. Beresford was there when the Fake Your Own Death seeds were originally planted by singer/guitarist Terry Ashkinos, and with the addition of keyboardist Meredith Weems, drummer Dan Francisco and guitarist Rob Easson (along with McCullough) the line-up is set for their plans for world domination. Actually, I’m just assuming they’re scheming about conquering the globe, but I honestly wouldn’t be too upset if a tank showed up outside of my house blaring a track from Fake Your Own Death. Currently, the band is busy in the Batcave/studio of a fairly well known San Francisco musician working away at the follow up to their 2010 self-titled debut. Who, exactly? Well, those details are for a future post, once all the spit and polish is done with their current studio work.
Check out the video for the track Dead Won’t Die. Jeez…so much dead and dying talk. I hope their next single mentions rainbows and waterfalls.