Cheap Fakes

Cheap Fakes

 Queensland, AUS

Cheap Fakes are a much loved six-piece live band from South East Queensland’s music scene, ready to unleash their pop infused, brass fuelled funk and ska sounds to audiences across the country.


Cheap Fakes are a much loved six-piece live band from South East Queensland’s music scene, ready to unleash their pop infused, brass fuelled funk and ska sounds to audiences across the country.

With two well received albums to their credit (2010’s ‘Stones & Sticks’ and 2012’s ‘Hand Me Downs’) and a resume littered with countless national supports (including The Black Seeds and Kora), as well as local billing with Cody Chesnutt, Charles Bradley, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Cheap Fakes are a force to be reckoned with.

2015 is shaping up to be the bands biggest year yet as they prepare for the release of their third longplayer, ‘Modern Vintage’. Recorded with Grammy nominated John Merchant (Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, Bee Gees and Barbara Streisand) Cheap Fakes brought the American producer out to Australia for the ‘Modern Vintage’ sessions at world class Heliport Studios.

You can expect to find Cheap Fakes at any number of live venues as they build momentum ahead of the winter release of the new album. And with the band having already graced the stages of Valley Fiesta, Caloundra Music Festival, Big Pineapple Music Festival, Island Vibe, Golden Days and more, next summer looks like reaping a bumper crop for the dapper dressed lads who currently call Brisbane home.


MODERN VINTAGE (Due for release late 2014)

View 'The Making Of Modern Vintage' here:

Produced by legendary, grammy nominated producer John Merchant. 


Since their well-received debut album in 2010, Cheap Fakes have been working hard to establish themselves as Queenslands premier reggae/funk/ska fusion band. Their large line up and mix of musical tastes has worked in their favour to create a sound that sits comfortably within a complementary little collection of genres. The result? One word: fun. Hand Me Downs is the album that makes even the most uncoordinated Friday night dance floor dweller think hes James-freakin-Brown. Frontman Hayden Andrews smooth vocals carry infectiously catchy melodies, while the five-piece band belts out a barrage of big band style horns. The album from start to finish almost sounds like one long track, but only partially for a general similarity between songs. Swirling instrumentals dotted amongst the tracks are lead by funky guitar riffs and a serious horn section. The current single, Sand On The Beach, is your classic chilled out, catchy summer anthem, possibly at risk of falling victim to excessive radio play. Cheap Fakes are certainly earning their stripes and have followed a decent debut album with a fun and seriously well-constructed second. It will be interesting to see how they progress from here. Kayla Clibborn, Rave Magazine


The debut album of eclectic local soul ensemble Cheap Fakes, Stones & Sticks is a difficult album to fault. Vocalist and band leader Hayden Andrews reputedly spent almost a year assembling, producing and crafting the record following the dissolution of his former outfit Dubdoubt and, as a result, every adventurous facet of the album practically glistens with professionalism, artistry and creativity. At the heart of the record lies Andrews stellar songwriting. The album bounces happily across a multiplicity of styles from jazz and funk to reggae and hip hop but, throughout it all, Andrews silken melodies ensure the records various tracks share not only a uniformly high standard of quality but a pronounced cohesion as well. The reason the record is so difficult to fault, however, is the astonishingly talented musicians that decorate Andrews tracks a veritable whos who of respectable Brisbane musicians ranging from The Wilson Pickers Danny Widdicombe to The Rooftops Euan Gray to Mr Laneous himself. Varied, professional and accomplished, Stones & Sticks simply doesnt put a foot wrong.
Matt ONeill, 3D World