Songs To Cure Depression :: Fake Problems – ‘RSVP’

“The world is brighter than you’ll ever know.”

Sometimes it can feel like a goddamn word-hole: That all encompassing feeling of dread, pulling everything positive with such force that the good moments seem to sail by so fast they barely even existed at all, leaving you feeling all the more worse for even believing there was salvation, and compressing them into a single atom of despair.

This is how I felt over the past week and the idea of facing reality again on Monday was almost unbearable. I rode through it though, like I had a choice, and decided, on the bus ride into one of the nearby towns, I needed something to change my negative outlook. I’d stopped the binge drinking over the past four days. but even that wasn’t keeping my head above the water. The music was the only saviour now, and what better to create a complete polar switch of mood than the self-proclaimed “beach-punks,” Fake Problems.

Now, to be fair, I could have chosen pretty much any of the tracks from Real Ghosts Caught On Tape, as the perky pop melodies could shake the cobwebs off even the Grim Reapers nut sack. But I decided to slam down ‘RSVP’ as it is arguably, along with first single Soulless, the most upbeat on the album. Plus, I really like the version in the video below, and Casey Lee’s awesome lead guitar parts make what is already a great song fantastic.

So that was me, on a bus, tapping my feet with such enthusiasm I was certain everyone on the bus could hear it, and was pissed off with me, miming every word as if the band were playing on route and once again smiling. Well, at least until next week.

Video :: Fake Problems – ‘Songs For Teenagers’

‘Songs For Teenagers’ might well be my favourite track from Real Ghosts Caught On Tape. Fake Problems’ third record was easily my record of last year, and it’s nice to see those guys finally getting a bit of that mainstream love. This video has been a long time coming, but it’s great and you should all watch it. It might not have John Berna dressed in a nurse’s uniform, but it does have mermaids. And despite what anyone might say, wicker hat’s are super cool.

Check out the video below.

Be sure to pick up Real Ghosts Caught On Tape (or any other Fake Problems releases) here.

Podcast :: Under The Bridge #24: She Tricked Me With Her Vagina -or- Have I Got Enough For Bus Fare? (1st Anniversary Show!)

“I might just start selling my shit, like…One of your five a day” – Ian Critchley

Can you believe that, a little over a year ago, the idea of doing a podcast was just a passing thought? Oh how far we’ve come. There’s been times when we ran way too long, times when the audio quality wasn’t exactly the best and we’ve definitely offended every listener we have at least once. Despite all of this (and Ian’s original misgivings) we recorded 24 episodes of Under The Bridge.


It started off as little more than two, badly recorded, dudes getting drunk over Skype and talking crap about the latest nuggets of wisdom, bestowed upon us by the music industry. Today…it’s still the same, with Skype replaced by Ian’s flat. In all seriousness though, we’ve had some great guests on the show: Ben Marwood, Chris Farren (Fake Problems), Giles Bidder (Great Cynics) and Jeff Clemens (Gamerwok Entertainment), just to name a few. We’ve also crafted a much tighter, well prepared show. Yes, believe it or not a lot of thought goes into each UTB recording.

So, if you enjoy “the podcast that Chris Farren hates most” – hearing the “Frank Turner Minute”, our stories of woe and all our crudest moments – thank you. I just have one question…why? (Leave your responses in the comments). Anyway, here’s to another fantastic year of Under The Bridge. We’ve got some great stuff coming up that we think you’ll be into. For now, why not listen to Episode #24, or maybe you should watch it?

Cheers!

Go on, have a listen:

Under The Bridge #24: She Tricked Me With Her Vagina -or- Have I Got Enough For Bus Fare? (stream/download or subscribe on iTunes)

Or, perhaps you’d like to watch it?



Music – The Falcon – God Don’t Make No Trash -or- Up Your Ass With Broken Glass

  • Feed The Monkey, Drown The Worm -or- Goin’ Home
  • Look Ma! No Fans! -or- Do You Want Fries With These Songs?
  • I’m So Happy I Could Just Cry Myself To Sleep -or- The Routes We Wander
  • Building The Perfect Asshole Parade -or- Scratching Off The Fleas
  • Huffing The Proverbial Line Off The Proverbial Dong -or- The Blood And The Frog

News:

  • Chuck Ragan collaborating with Jon Gaunt, Joe Ginsberg, Todd Beene (Lucero), Frank Turner, Brian Fallon (The Gaslight Anthem) and more on new record.
  • Billy Bragg releases ‘Never Buy The Sun’
  • Henry Rollins touring the UK in 2012
  • Against Me! Talk White Crosses re-release
  • Frank Carter leaves The Gallows
  • Weezer announce cruise
  • Chuck Ragan/Helen Chambers/Sam Russo/Jimmy Islip split coming via Specialist Subject
  • Barlow & Ian (and Jon Snodgrass) name Austin Lucas’ new backing band

Outro:

Where Can We Find You On The Internet?

Anthony

Ian

  • Facebook – Harmonica Frank
  • Blog

The Podcast

Moon & Back

Moon & Back Music Presents :: Readers Choice Award 2010: The Results

Rather than do what we did before and have a little description about the artist and album, this is just a list of winners. It’s just more convenient that way. The Moon & Back community have spoken and it turns out we were wrong. As good as American Slang is, The Gaslight Anthem don’t quite stack up according to our readers.

In fact, the Jersey boys didn’t even make it on to our readers list. Looks like we’ve not been doing our jobs properly…

5. The National – High Violet

4. Frightened Rabbit – Winter Of Mixed Drinks

3. Jonsi – Go

2. Airbourne – No Guts, No Glory

1. Fake Problems – Real Ghosts Caught On Tape

Moon & Back Music Presents :: Readers Choice Award 2010

The staff at Moon & Back have had their say, and now it’s time for you to take your pick. Below is a list of every album we thought should be a contender for this year’s prize. Basically, we want you to either affirm what we said or go against us completely. If we’re doing our job correctly, we should have chosen the right one. Now it’s all down to you.

Moon & Back Music Presents :: Album Of The Year 2010

And the winner is…

With the year quickly coming to a close, Ian and I felt it only right that we do some kind of end of year awards thing. I asked every member of the M&B staff what their top 5 albums of 2010 were, and the results were pretty surprising. There’s something here for everyone Whether you want futuristic R&B, tales from New Jersey or politically charged punk anthems, look no further.



After dealing with a debilitating addiction to prescription drugs, Eminem is back with Recovery. The rapper’s seventh studio album still isn’t a patch on his early work, but it easily beats out the likes of Encore and Relapse. The new record hearkens back to the old days, with Marshall being increasingly self deprecating, even going as far as commenting on the poor quality of his recent releases. Recovery is a gem in the sea of shit that is modern hip-hop.


Since signing with Sire Records in 2005, punk fans have reacted pretty harshly towards anything with Against Me!’s name on it. With the release of White Crosses earlier this year, the cries of the band ‘selling out’ continued. However, it’s hard to see why this is being aimed at Tom Gabel and co. Both this record and it’s predecessor New Wave may have been released on a division of Warner Music, but the music remains very similar to everything before that. As Ian would be quick to point out, it’s the same chord progressions and lyrical content as ‘old’ Against Me!, it’s just better produced. It’s Moon & Back’s fourth favorite of 2010 and I think fans should take a second look before dismissing the band outright.


Janelle Monae was the artist that most surprised me in 2010. Her debut full length The ArchAndroid: Suites II & II was the soundtrack to my summer, and it’s good to see that it’s not just me that took notice (cheers Jodie, for pushing this into our top 5). Miss Monae is, without doubt, the most exciting woman in R&B at the minute and this record is a soul-filled throwback to times passed. This is real R&B and I for one am tipping the 25-year old, Kansan songstress, for big things in the future.


Coming in at number two, sadly -because I think it should have won – it’s Fake Problems’ new record Real Ghosts Caught On Tape. The Floridia-based indie/punk four piece have wowed many with their fresh, upbeat sound and off the wall antics, both on and off stage. 2010 has been a big year for these guys: RGOT released to rave reviews, they’ve toured all over the US on the Vans Warped Tour and even did a stint with the winners of this years award. With catchy lyrics, great production (Ted Hutt is a genius) and a fun, retro take on ‘pop punk’ I can’t help but think this record has been a tad overlooked. These guys best tour the UK next year!


This year’s Moon & Back Music Album Of The Year goes to…American Slang. The Gaslight Anthem’s third album seems to have had an effect on the Moon & Back staff (though Ian remains adamant of their ability to bore him). The New Jersey group’s tales of murky cities and urban saviors might not be for everyone, but the follow-up to, 2008’s, The ’59 Sound has secured messieurs Fallon, Rosamilia, Levine and Horowitz a place as one of the best bands of recent years.


So there we have it. That’s Moon & Back’s verdict on the top 5 albums of this year. If you don’t agree, you’ll have your chance to vote on all the albums picked by the Moon & Back staff in the ‘Readers Choice’ award coming later on this week. This will be followed by the ‘2009 Album of 2010’ award – awarded to the albums of last year that we only got around to in 2010.

Canada, Eh? :: The Flatliners

“What kilometer per hour does this boat go, eh?” – Chris Cote (Kut U Up)

The Flatliners brand of ska-infused punk rock is one that’s really easy to get behind. Like many of the bands on Fat Wreck their music is really high energy and a lot of fun. Their success hasn’t come without hard work. Since forming in 2002, the Ontario-based foursome have garnered quite the fanbase. They’ve toured across North America and Europe relentlessly, releasing three albums in that time too.


Their latest record Cavalcade was released this past April and is a real tour de force. It’s no surprise that it’s vying for record of the year at a number of publications. Some might have thought it too clean, but it’s hard not to be won over by Chris Cresswell’s powerful, throaty vocals and the record’s sheer sense of urgency. Though many would beg to differ, for me, they’re a punk band with ska influences, not a ska-punk band. That distinction is very important.

The band have announced that they’re on their way back to the UK, and will be playing a host of shows in February next year. Along for the ride will be, Swansea punks, The Arteries and, Exeter’s own, OK Pilot. Before that they’ve got a run in their homeland with, fellow Canadians, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, The Menzingers (who played with The Arteries just the other night) and, Moon & Back favorites, Fake Problems. Check out the dates below:

  • 9th Dec. – L’Agitee, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 10th Dec – Mavericks – Ottoawa City, Ontario, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 11th Dec – Underworld – Montreal, QC, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 13th Dec – The Red Dog – Peterborough, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 14th Dec – The Mansion – Barrie, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 15th Dec – The Schwaben – Kitchener, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 16th Dec – The Casbah – Hamilton, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 17th Dec – Sneaky Dee’s (19+) – Toronto, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 18th Dec – Sneaky Dee’s (All ages) – Toronto, ON, Canada w/Fake Problems, The Menzingers, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck
  • 27th Dec – House Of Blues – Boston, Massachusetts w/The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, H20
  • 2nd Feb – Bang Bar – Basingstoke, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 3rd Feb – The White Rabbit  – Plymouth, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 4th Feb – The Croft – Bristol, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 6th Feb – Speakeasy – Dublin, Ireland w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 7th Feb – Hobo’s – Bridgend, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 8th Feb – TJ’s – Leeds, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 9th Feb – Night & Day – Manchester, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 10th Feb – The Crown – Middlesborough, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot
  • 11th Feb – The Gaff – London, UK w/The Arteries, OK Pilot

Visit The Flatliners official website

Listen to The Flatliners on MySpace

Download Cavalcade on iTunes

Be sure to check out our Canadian friends Unrated Music too!

Frank Turner, Tegan & Sara, Fake Problems Featured On Bad Religion Tribute Album

Germs Of Perfection

The words “tribute album” might send shivers down your spine, as you think about all those terrible CDs sold in infomercials. Fear not, you won’t be getting anything like that here. I’ve talked a little about this on Under The Bridge, but haven’t had any solid details until now. To celebrate their 30 years as a band, Epitaph – with partners MySpace and Spin Magazine – are putting out a Bad Religion tribute album.

Germs Of Perfection: A Tribute To Bad Religion will feature artists like Polar Bear Club, Fake Problems, Tegan & Sara, Frank Turner and Ted Leo covering some of Bad Religion’s most famous songs. The album will be available to stream online, with a new track being debuted each day, before being compiled and available to download. The best thing about all of this is that it’ll be free of charge. You can’t argue with that, can you?

You can listen to the tracks here. Polar Bear Club’s cover of ‘Better Of Dead’ is streaming now.

Bad Religion’s latest album The Dissent Of Man was released on Monday (27th) and you can buy it from the official Epitaph Records store.

Advance Album Review :: Fake Problems – Real Ghosts Caught On Tape

This is my attempt to put a huge grin into words

It seems those in the know are already anticipating the arrival of Real Ghosts Caught On Tape, and I’m happy to tell you that it’s been worth the wait. If, like me, you’ve been itching to get your mitts on the album since the release of ‘Soulless’ a few weeks ago then you won’t be disappointed.


I know I talk about Fake Problems a lot, and maybe some people out there will see this as me, yet again, bigging up one of my favorite bands. There’s no doubt that’s exactly what I’m doing, but you won’t find any false praise here. Real Ghosts Caught On Tape is one of the best albums of 2010. Fact.

Right from the off, it punches you in the face with a plethora of sounds, all of them building up and easing the listener into a fantastic audio experience. The album perfectly encompasses what Fake Problems are all about – great music, great lyrics and a great time. It shows off the serious side of the band, but is still filled with music to dance to. Each track also bares the trademark introspective nature that I’ve always appreciated about the music these guys make. It’s been a hard album to review, but I think I might’ve cracked it.

Fake Problems brand of indie-punk has always been different; quirky might be the best way to put it. Musically their records are ever changing and you can’t accuse them of repeating themselves or re-hashing songs. There’s a definite retro feel to this record that sets Real Ghosts… apart from their previous work and the work of their peers. It’s a highly influenced record, but no track seems derivative of anything that’s gone before. Overall, the album has a very 1960’s sound, but I noticed nods to The Cure amongst other bands in there too. I like the fact that it’s thematically similar to their previous albums – there’s still mentions of religion and the occult – but there’s a lot that sets it apart from How Far Our Bodies Go or It’s Great To Be Alive.

Fake Problems’ music definitely relies on personal experience a lot, but it’s on this record that it really shines through. ‘Songs For Teenagers’ is a perfect example. The subject matter is personal, it’s definitely more serious, but it’s also one that many will be able to relate to. Throughout the album there’s minor pieces of percussion that really make it the sonic tour de force that it is. There’s no doubt in my mind that Ted Hutt had some part to play in these subtle inclusions. He seems to have brought the best out of  the songs, and Fake Problems as a band. Ted is definitely one of the best producers out there, and he seems to understand where each band he works with is coming from. He takes what’s good and improves on it. He’s made a band with a big sound, into a band with a huge sound. Tracks like: ‘ADT’, ‘Done With Fun’ and, of course, ‘Soulless’ show this off perfectly. Those slower songs aren’t neglected either, something that will please a lot of fans.

There’s always been a unique-rawness to Fake Problems’ music. This is definitely still there, but is less prevalent. Chris’ vocals are quite a bit softer in comparison to previous efforts. Whether this was a conscious decision or not, I don’t know. What I do know is that it’s a non-issue. It’s different, but the effect is still as powerful. I want to allay fears that something is lost or the album is over-produced. Believe me, that’s not the case.

It’s safe to say this will be the band’s most mainstream effort to date, but that’s not a problem. There’ll  be a few out there who slap on the ‘sell out’ sticker – as there is with every band when they put out something new – but Real Ghosts… just shows that, as a band, Fake Problems are evolving and their music is too. It’s a natural progression and one that will be welcomed with open arms by the majority of their fan base. So, if you’re a Fake Problems fan then you’re not going to be disappointed. If you’re looking for something new and interesting to listen to, then look no further. This Floridian four-piece’s quirky, brand of indie-punk could be for you.

Real Ghosts Caught On Tape is released September 21st.

Podcast :: Under The Bridge – Episode 4: If We Don’t See You Through The Week, We’ll See You Through The Window

“Hey look, that’s Marilyn Manson. He’s got shit loads of money. Let’s suck on his dick” – Ian Critchley

This is episode 4 of Under The Bridge and after we’ve solved one problem, we run into another. The sound quality is better, but Anthony had his microphone too close to his mouth. Apologies for the perverted heavy breathing. This week we talk a lot about Epitaph’s bands, Anthony talks about Real Ghosts Caught On Tape and we attempt to further beat the dead horse that is illegal downloading.

Music this week comes from Monster-0. The tracklist is as follows:

  • ‘Terminator Vs. Robocop’
  • ‘Ryan Writes Plays’
  • ‘Never You Mind’
  • ‘Burt Bacharach Was Right’
  • ‘Keep Me Informed’
  • ‘Doubt It’
Thanks to Matt Volp for the wonderful False Conundrums artwork.

Go on, have a listen:

Under The Bridge – Episode 4: If We Don’t See You Through The Week, We’ll See You Through The Window


Under The Bridge Podcast  – Episode 4: If We Don’t See You Through The Week, We’ll See You Through The Window
With: Anthony Barlow & Ian Critchley
Guests: N/A

News

  • Weezer sign to Epitaph
    • New album ‘Hurley’ coming soon
    • What an awesome album cover
  • Bad Religion compilation on the way
    • Very few details
    • Fake Problems on the record
  • Greg Graffin to release new book
    • Anarchy Evolution
    • Out Sept. 28th
    • Coming out alongside new BR album ‘The Dissent Of Man’
  • Set Your Goals headline dates – more to be announced
    • Liverpool Academy – Dec 8th
    • Leeds Cockpit – Dec 11th
    • Northampton Soundhouse – Dec 14th
  • Jimmy Eat World announce UK dates – more dates to come. No Manc date!
    • Nov 13 – Norwich UEA
    • Nov 14 – Bristol Academy
    • Nov 17 – Belfast TBC
    • Nov 18 – Dublin TBC
    • Nov 19 – Glasgow Barrowlands
    • Nov 23 – Brixton Academy
  • Guns N Roses cancel Leeds/Reading?
    • Afraid not. What a piss take.
  • Jay-Z is the highest earning man in hip-hop
    • Made $63million in the last year according to Forbes
      • New album, tour, clothing line and investments
    • Top 20:
      • 1. Jay-Z: $63 million
      • 2. P. Diddy: $30 million
      • 3. Akon, $21 million
      • 4. Lil Wayne, $20 million
      • 5. Dr. Dre, $17 million
      • 6. Ludacris, $16 million
      • 7. Snoop Dogg, $15 million
      • 8. Timbaland, $14 million
      • 9. Pharrell Williams, $13 million
      • 10. Kanye West, $12 million
      • 11. Drake, $10 million
      • 12. T.I., $9 million
      • 13. Swizz Beatz, $9 million
      • 14. Eminem, $8 million
      • 15. 50 Cent, $8 million
      • 16 Young Jeezy, $8 million
      • 17. Common, $7 million
      • 18. Soulja Boy, $6 million
      • 19. T-Pain, $6 million
      • 20. Lil Jon, $5 million
  • Katie Price to launch iPod range
    • Sold through her website
    • Who buys this shit?
  • Marilyn Manson splits with fiancee Rachael Evan Wood
    • Seemed amicable
    • He went and got smashed the night after
      • Well done
  • Katie Perry Gatecrashes, all male, high school prom in Australia
    • Heard her song playing and went to investigate
    • Did a bit of karaoke
    • Apparently she was smashed
  • Smell like the Sex Pistols
    • Sex Pistols launch new perfume
    • What the fuck?
  • Bono’s started smoking again
    • Hopefully he’ll die quicker this way

Main Topic

  • Illegal downloading: A discussion.

What Anthony’s Been Listening To:

  • Fake Problems – Real Ghosts Caught On Tape
  • Monster-0
  • Rise Against

What Ian’s Been Listening To:

  • Joy Division
  • Charles Manson
  • Our Podcast
  • Fu Manchu

Emails

  • Hahahaha John Berna is amazing – Pete Sk
  • How do you guys get all of these interviews – Danielle via Formspring
  • Why did you put “Scoop!” at the end of your Monster-0 review. It really didn’t make any sense – Anon.

John Berna’s Ian Critchley’s Words Of Wisdom:

  • “Act like a ho, you get smacked like a ho”

Where Can We Find You On The Internet?

Housekeeping