Massachusetts threesome The Fake Boys have somehow taken 90s indie rock and mashed it up with a little DIY pop punk as well as post-hardcore in a good good way on their debut album Pig Factory.
Released by Animal Style Records, Pig Factory was recorded by the great Jay Maas (Title Fight, Transit, Polar Bear Club) and pretty much kicked ass from start to finish. I will admit, I was super hesitant before listening to this album, but am stoked I checked it out.
“This Is Our Band” opened up the album with the lead vocalist having a very Billy Corrigan singing style (as well as a Ravishing Ride Rude resemblance), but not that “despite of my rage I’m still just a rat in my cage” annoyance. “This Is Our Sound” followed making this listener think back to the alternative / grunge days, especially with that J. Mascus-like guitar playing.
The sound kept consistent through and didn’t get old at all. “Don’t Live” might have had some deep lyrics that I could not crack, but the song was great. “You’re A Loser” followed with a perfect grunge to post-hardcore ratio making for an impressive listen.
“Best Post” had this Five Man Electrical Band sound at first that was completely off from the rest of the tracks. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good listen with acoustic guitars and such, but that only lasted a moment as the rest of the band kicked in making for a good ol’ 90s alt-rock listen. I found myself really digging that track a lot.
I really enjoyed the 90s alt-rock-heavy “Hi Friend”. There’s nothing quite like a fun, friendly song that just makes you gently rock your head. Hands down, this was my favorite cut off the release, well at least I thought it was until the next track came on… Just wait till that distorted bass kicks in, and you will most likely agree with me – “Realist World” ruled. Lots of emo and post-hardcore going on the track. I’m sold.
The Fake Boys sounded like a punk rock Smashing Pumpkins with a gracious nod to 90s rock. I caught hints of Jawbreaker, Briad, and even Texas Is The Reason as well as Dinosaur Jr. Spite what I think they sound like, the truth is, this band knows how to deliver their own style and the result is a pretty solid listen. There’s nothing fake about these guys at all and I am sure they are fully aware of that. Do you like 90s rock? Yes? Go listen to The Fake Boys now.