The In Depth Album- REVIEW – Fake Names

When looking for new band or a new album to listen to, you want something that is going to create an impact and stay with you for one reason or another. Today we look at the debut album by Fake Names that was released earlier this month and is a band full of some of legends of the American punk scene.


So firstly, who are Fake Names?

Fake Names was formed by Brian Baker who is in bands such as Bad Religion and Minor Threat, and Michael Hampton who is from bands such as Embrace and One Last Wish. In 2016 they started to meet up and play music together. Overtime they also gathered band mates Johnny Temple of Girls Against Boys and Soulside and Refused frontman Dennis Lyxzén as their singer.

Then the bands name Fake Names is apparently part Raising Arizona reference, part recognition of the “ubiquitous and demonic use of the term ‘fake news,’” according to their biography on Epitaph Records.


Let’s Talk about the album

This is the debut self titled album from the band Fake Names. It is ten songs that equals just under half an hour. The album has been Co-produced by Michael Hampton and Geoff Sanoff. The music is a mix of punk intertwined with power pop and strong guitar melodies.


Stand Out Tracks on The album 

Being Them

This song is pure punk, rock and roll, it is full of really strong and bold guitar riffs, it also means that when the melodies of the guitars kick in you really notice them as they are melodic and striking. It has such a strong essence of American Punk and if you are looking for something that resembles what is missing in music at the moment, this is it!.

Darkest Days

The most interesting thing about this is the introduction and the way that the guitars play with the space in the music, it creates a real interesting negative space that creates intrigue and mystery. This album uses simple techniques to create some really punchy tracks and this is one of them. There are some really fun guitar solos throughout that again create a nostalgic feel about this genre whilst also bringing it into 2020.

This Is Nothing

Yet again the introduction is fantastic on this song it again plays with the different spaces in a melodic track and creates this really interesting melody that reels you in. The way that the guitar riffs constantly slur down the guitar to lower octaves is really catchy and makes this a great stand out track. The vocals of Dennis heightens this track and takes it to a whole different level. A really great punk rock song showing the talents of this band and that hopefully there is many more bigger things to come.


What’s The Verdict?

This is a pure punk rock feast of delights – there is so much on this album to enjoy and by the time it reaches it’s final track you are wishing there is more. It is a really good album, all about the guitars and the strong melodies, it feels like it has a sense of nostalgic to it that you don’t get with other bands music. It has guitar riffs to die for, a lead singer with a great voice and a really addictive drum beat. Into rock or punk, listen to this album, it is a band to take seriously because there is a whole lot to love.

Rating: 8/10

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