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Dying Scene Podcast 003: Chris Farren of Fake Problems


Hey gang, check out the third episode of the Dying Scene Podcast! It features Chris Farren of Fake Problems fame, counting down his top 5 desert island picks. Plus we have our new music correspondent Carson tell us about some of his favorite new music, and I tell you about why I can’t handle reunion tours.

Give it a listen below! You can also download it to listen while on the go.

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Chris Farren (Fake Problems) covers “XO” (Beyonce)

Chris Farren (of Fake Problems) recently covered Beyonce’s “XO.”

You can check out the cover below .

Fake Problems released their third studio album, “Real Ghosts Caught On Tape,” in September 2010 through SideOneDummy Records. Farren and Jeff Rosenstock(Bomb the Music Industry!) started a new band called Antarctigo Vespucci, who released Soulmate Stuff  digitally on April 8, and on vinyl in June via Rosenstock’s Really Records.



Chris Farren (Fake Problems) covers Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City”

Chris Farren (of Fake Problems) recently covered Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City” off his 1982 album Nebraska.

You can check out the cover below .

Fake Problems released their third studio album, “Real Ghosts Caught On Tape,” in September 2010 through SideOneDummy Records. Farren and Jeff Rosenstock(Bomb the Music Industry!) started a new band called Antarctigo Vespucci, who released Soulmate Stuff  digitally on April 8, and on vinyl in June via Rosenstock’s Really Records.



Chris Farren (Fake Problems) performs new song “Eagle Eyes” for “Space Jam Sessions”

Chris Farren (of Fake Problems) performed acoustic version “Grand Finale” off of the 2010 Fake Problems album, “Real Ghosts Caught On Tape” and a new Chris Farren song titled “Eagle Eyes” for “Space Jam Sessions.”

You watched the performances below.

Fake Problems released their third studio album, “Real Ghosts Caught On Tape,” in September 2010 through SideOneDummy Records. Farren and Jeff Rosenstock (Bomb the Music Industry!) started a new band called Antarctigo Vespucci, who released Soulmate Stuff  digitally on April 8, and on vinyl in June via Rosenstock’s Really Records.



Chris Farren (Fake Problems) streams cover of Bomb The Music Industry!’s “Hurricane Waves”

Chris Farren of Fake Problems is currently streaming a new cover of the song “Hurricane Waves” by Bomb The Music Industry! and you can check it out below.

Fake Problems released their third studio album, “Real Ghosts Caught On Tape,” in September 2010 through SideOneDummy Records. More recently they released a split with fellow Floridians You Blew It!, titled “Florida Doesn’t Suck,” through Topshelf Records this past February.



Chris Farren (Fake Problems) streams “24 Hours” (Sky Ferreira cover)

Chris Farren of Fake Problems is currently streaming a new cover of the song “24 Hours” by Sky Ferreira and you can check it out below.

Fake Problems released their third studio album,Real Ghosts Caught On Tape, in September 2010 through SideOneDummy Records. More recently they released a split with fellow Floridians You Blew It!, titled Florida Doesn’t Suck, through Topshelf Records this past February.



Fake Problems almost finished recording new album

Florida’s folk rockers Fake Problems are scheduled to finish the recording process for their upcoming full length next month.  The band has teamed up with producer Ted Hutt who produced their third album, Real Ghosts Caught On Tape.

They had this to say via their blog:

Hey!  Just a little update – we’ve just gotten back from Los Angeles, where we spent the past two months working on our 4th record with producer Ted Hutt (he did our last record “Real Ghosts Caught On Tape” as well as some amazing records for bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Lucero and The Bouncing Souls).  We will have more information about that record in the coming months.

The band quietly released a brand new song titled “Sugar” a few months ago.

Fake Problems released their third studio album,Real Ghosts Caught On Tape, in September 2010 through SideOneDummy Records. More recently they released a split with fellow Floridians You Blew It!, titled Florida Doesn’t Suck, through Topshelf Records this past February.



Fake Problems begin recording new album

Florida’s folk rockers Fake Problems look to have begun work on a new album.  Not much info yet but according to a FB and instagram post pre-production is under way.  We’ll keep you posted as more details surface.

The band quietly released a brand new song titled “Sugar” a few months ago.

Fake Problems released their third studio album, Real Ghosts Caught On Tape, in September 2010 through SideOneDummy Records. More recently they released a split with fellow Floridians You Blew It!, titled Florida Doesn’t Suck, through Topshelf Records this past February.



New Song: Fake Problems – “Sugar”

Florida’s folk rockers Fake Problems have quietly released a brand new song titled “Sugar”. There isn’t a whole lot of information about the song, so whether it will appear on the band’s next studio album or not remains unknown at this time. However you can listen to “Sugar” (as well as the instrumental version of the track) on Spotify right here.

Fake Problems released their third studio album, Real Ghosts Caught On Tape, in September 2010 through SideOneDummy Records. More recently they released a split with fellow Floridians You Blew It!, titled Florida Doesn’t Suck, through Topshelf Records this past February.



Album Review: Fake Problems / You Blew It! – “Florida Doesn’t Suck” Split

Given the number of punk bands to come out of Florida in the last 20 years alone, it’s hard to think of why anyone in the punk scene would think that Florida sucks. But in case anyone still has their reservations about the Sunshine State, Naples-natives Fake Problems have teamed up with Orlando-citizens You Blew It! to bring you four more reasons why Florida doesn’t suck in the form of a 4-song split EP, aptly titled Florida Doesn’t Suck.

Fake Problems starts off the split with two brand new songs, continuing their ever-evolving exploration of stripped down indie pop. “Small Devil Song” is an upbeat, yet lo-fi tune, with the band sounding kind of like Vampire Weekend while vocalist Chris Farren declares not to look him in the eye unless you’re ready for a fight. “Gone Before Dawn” is another speedy one, although lyrically it’s not nearly as confident as its companion. Rather than statements of being “more powerful than you”, “Gone Before Dawn” makes use of its “I was too afraid to stay” sentiment placed well with a guitar track that almost makes it sound like Casey Lee never left the band. It’s a very promising sign for anyone anxiously waiting for a follow up to 2010’s Real Ghosts Caught on Tape.

You Blew It! follows Fake Problems’ half with ease. “Batvia, NY”, the first track on Side B, follows the tone set by “Gone Before Dawn”, creating a moody atmosphere with near-twinkly guitar work and lyrics like “I can’t pretend everyone here is actually my friend”. Sure it’s a downer, but the band shines brightly all the way through it. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the other offering from You Blew It!. “I’m a Kid, That’s My Job” might show off the band’s more energetic side, but it never really goes anywhere, and the song is over before anything truly interesting happens. Maybe it would’ve worked better if the sequencing had been changed and something followed up its twinkly ending, but as it stands it’s not the best way to close the split with, and not even the Uncle Buck reference can save it.

Florida Doesn’t Suck may have its inconsistencies in sequencing, but thanks to both halves being produced by Fake Problems bassist Derek Perry all the songs sound similar enough that there’s no jarring transition between the two bands. The laid-back tunes conjure up lots of imagery of lounging around in the sun, and fans of either band will be pleased with the new material. The split is a little on the short side, and probably could have benefited from another song from each band (particularly You Blew It!)… But aren’t split EPs supposed to work that way?

Fake Problem: 4/5
You Blew It!: 3/5
Final Score: 3.5/5



Music Video: Fake Problems – “Small Devil Song”

Florida’s folk rockers Fake Problems have just premiered a brand new music video for their song “Small Devil Song”. The track appears on the band’s latest new work, “Florida Doesn’t Suck”, a split with fellow Floridians You Blew It! which was released just last week through Topshelf Records.

You can watch the music video for “Small Devil Song” right here.

Fake Problems released their third studio album, “Real Ghosts Caught On Tape”, in September 2010 through SideOneDummy Records.



Fake Problems and You Blew It! stream “Florida Doesn’t Suck” split EP

Florida’s Fake Problems and You Blew It! are streaming their new split EP titled “Florida Doesn’t Suck”.

The record features 4 songs (2 by each band) and was released on Topshelf Records. Click here to check it out.



New Song: Fake Problems – “Small Devil Song”

Florida’s folk rockers Fake Problems have premiered a brand new song titled “Small Devil Song”. The song is set to appear on Florida Doesn’t Suck, the band’s upcoming split with fellow Florida act You Blew It!Florida Doesn’t Suck will be available Feb 12 through Topshelf Records.

You can listen to “Small Devil Song” right here.

Fake Problems released their third studio album, Real Ghosts Caught On Tape, in September 2010 on SideOneDummy Records.



Random Cover Song: Fake Problems cover a brand new Allison Weiss song

Cover songs are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get. We here at Dying Scene love hearing punk bands do their own take on other band’s songs. Sometimes they pull off amazing interpretations of old classics, sometimes they’re not much more than humble tributes to a fellow artist, and other times they’re just downright laughable renditions of otherwise great songs. Good or bad. Intriguing or mundane. We’ll let you be the judge.

Today’s cover comes from Florida’s Fake Problems, tackling the Allison Weiss song “Make It Up”. The interesting thing about this cover is that Weiss’s version is still pretty new… the EP it comes from hasn’t even come out yet. Fake Problems recorded their cover as a digital bonus track to Weiss’ Making It Up EP.

You can listen to both versions right here.

Weiss is set to release the Making It Up EP next week (January 29) on No Sleep Records, while Fake Problems is currently working on a follow-up to Real Ghosts Caught On Tape, which was released in September, 2010 on SideOneDummy Records.



Fake Problems Nervous Energies Session (with Against Me! and Water Town)

The very charming Chris Farren of Fake Problems recently stopped to do a Nervous Energies session while in Athens, GA.  He was nice enough to give them a brand new song, entitled “16,” as well as the ol’ standby, “How Far Our Bodies Go” with a little help from Against Me! and Water Town.  His acoustic guitar is really pretty.

Check both videos out here!