Discover This: Faux Bandit

We’re helping you get your weekend off to a heavy, rocky start by encouraging you to blast the sound of Australian noise-rockers Faux Bandit down your earholes.

The band initially started out as a duo of Adam Brill (guitars and vocals) and Josh Johnstone (drums), who released two EPs before bringing bassist Zac Sakrewski on board last year. They released their first EP with Zac in tow last week, with the lively Rock’N’Roll Simulator 2019.

The band sent us the EP’s final track The Pros and Cons of Object Permanence to give us a taster of what to expect. It opens up with unrelenting drums that are joined by a fun darting guitar riff then Adam’s edgy shouted vocals. That drops into a cool chorus of fun high-pitched vocals and more melodic guitars before another noisy verse.

A second chorus gives way to a cool laid-back guitar solo over pounding drums, which brings the track to a lively ending. Give it a listen below:

The EP is filled with rocky goodness, which is evident straight from the off with the excellent opener Rock’n’Roll Simulator 2019. It opens up with the vocals “You are famous but only when you’re playing the game, How cool is it to be anyone that you wanna be, The rock’n’roll simulator 2019, It doesn’t matter what a word means anymore,” which builds to an awesome chorus of “People wanna fuck famous people, People wanna fuck me, Therefore I’m famous people, And therefore they’re me, If the simulation keeps on spinning and you’re playing the game then you’re winning.”

A second chorus drops into a cool little lingering guitar riff over pounding drums then vocals come in and gradually increase in pace to wind towards a frantic ending. Give it a listen below:

We had a chat with the band to find out more, read on below…

GR: Who are Faux Bandit? And where are you from? What’s the backstory, how did you get together? 

FB: “We are three Brisbane boys who came together to write loud and sad music. Adam and Josh went to high school together and made music together up until the end of last year when they made music with Zac after they decided he should be a part of it too. 

GR: You just released The Pros and Cons of Object Permanence. What should people be expecting from the song? 

FB: “Listening to Pros and Cons is like getting beaten up by Ryan Gosling from Drive but instead of punching you he is force-feeding you Red Bull. It’s inspired by useless nostalgia and the ultra-mundane past that we are forced to carry around with ourselves every day.”

GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet? 

FB: “Some of our favourite descriptions people have told us are punk Elvis, angry disco robots and Tame Impala on bath salts. We aim to sound like the angriest and saddest funk band you’ve ever heard.”

GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about? 

FB: “Musically, we write for catharsis – it just feels good to play loud music. Lyrically, we mostly write criticisms, both of ourselves and the things around us. We like to put a touch of absurdity in our music too, for example, one of our newest songs is about a man who builds a tower out of milk crates and breaks into heaven to meet Ned Kelly.”

GR: Ha, how random! Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences? 

FB: “The biggest and most obvious one here is Queens of the Stone Age, but we take little bits from everywhere like Fugazi, The Presets, Future of the Left, Tropical Fuck Storm, The Peep Tempel, Death from Above 1979, Nick Cave. We could go on forever really.”

GR: What have you got coming up through the rest of 2019?

FB: “We are heading out on a seven-date tour in support of our new EP, Rock’n’Roll Simulator 2019. We also have a music video for Pros and Cons out sometime soon. After the tour is done and the EP is out we might play some shows here and there while we work on new music.”

GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?

FB: “If you don’t like it play it for your dad – he might like it.”

You can follow Faux Bandit on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and check out their music on Spotify, Soundcloud, iTunes and Bandcamp.

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