Punk rock supergroup Fake Names – which includes Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Dag Nasty, Bad Religion), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace, One Last Wish), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, International Noise Conspiracy, INVSN), and Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside) – will release their self-titled debut record on May 8 via Epitaph.
Purely and simply it’s 1 minute 46 seconds of stripped back, raw, perfect punk!
Fake Names first came to form in early 2016 when Brian Baker and Michael Hampton met up at Hampton’s Brooklyn home to play music together, with no intentions beyond possibly writing a song or two. Friends since first grade, the two guitarists ended up writing a handful of songs that day, and then closed out the session with a spontaneous decision to start a band. When it came to finding a bassist, Baker and Hampton looked to Johnny Temple, a fellow classmate from their elementary school. Later that year at Chicago’s Riot Fest, both Baker and Temple were struck with the sudden inspiration to recruit Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén as their singer.
“Brick” is the first release from the self titled full length which is due to hit the air waves in May, as the line up suggests there are many reasons why this band promises to be a moment in time, and with so much history and influence to add to the melting pot, this track doesn’t hang around. Revolution is the ‘go to‘ so many times when it comes to punk, but this track comes at a time when maybe the youth of today need something more to grab on to, and who are best placed to do this than the original and best around?
Music that has power, energy, angst but all interwoven with melody that is perfectly balanced, a vocal that 100% grabs the moment and fills you with all the emotion it should!
If this is a sign of what’s to come in the whole episode that is the full length, then we are most certainly in for a treat of epic proportions!
To Pre-Order the New Album, check out the bands website HERE