Fake Your Own Death
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Fake Your Own Death

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE

San Francisco, California, United States | INDIE
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Man, when I first moved to San Francisco I hated the music scene here. That isn’t to say there weren’t any good bands running around town (punk was certainly alive and well), but I really couldn’t stand any of the indie acts that were filling up some of my favorite venues. Most of it was just too “artsy” for me. I mean, I’m a pretty average dude. I like beer, I watch football, I enjoy a nice bubble bath with violet scented candles and a glass of champagne just like all dudes out there. So, with that in mind, I just never really wrapped my head around some of these cats that were “tearing up” the stage at the annual Noise Pop festival here in town. But this site isn’t about music we don’t like, ya know? You’re probably going, “Come on, Skeeter…get to it” Whoa…slow down kids. For me, at some point in the last year or so, the music landscape in San Francisco started to shift. Great bands started popping up left and right. Ride the Blinds, Leopold and His Fiction, Dead to Me and Nothington just to name a few (some, like RTB and LAHF were around for a while). But man, this act I’m going to tell you about tonight, just might take the whole “new local music kingpin” cake.

See, I’m not about to just talk about any random San Francisco act right now. I’m going to let you in on my very favorite new band. One that just so happened to put out a new record a few weeks ago. Boom! Did you feel that? That was your brain slamming into your skull. Feels kinda good, doesn’t it? It’s cool, I’ll wait…do it again…

So who is this terribly awesome band that I’m speaking about but have yet to mention. Unless you’re a complete dummy you’ve probably already read my headline to the post, but in case you breathe from your mouth I’ll tell you. Fake Your Own Death is a new act based right here in San Francisco and I feel pretty cool because I caught their very first show. My buddy Chuck took me to see a band called Hockey at Bottom of the Hill a few months ago. I checked out the openers and went solely to hear this band play. See, they sounded so freakin’ cool. A mix of Love and Rockets, Joy Division and The National, with biting lyrics and a sonic wall of sound. Okay enough cliches, but if you like those bands then you’re getting the idea of the music these dudes create. Anyway, I saw, they rocked, the rest is history. It appears as though I’m not the only guy who is totally jacked on them because they are playing just about every club in town, headlining gigs and receiving a bunch of awesome press. Oh yeah, and their new record totally smokes…booya

Fake Your Own Death’s 8-song debut is what I can only describe as an unpretentious Interpol record. The ominous opener and lead single “Mouth to Speak” feels like something you’d listen to on a late night drive with your headlights off. Ill-advised sure, but as the song says “you’re a rock star baby” so go ahead. I love the lyric “Open my mouth to speak but it’s all technology”. A sign of the times? Maybe. I just say it’s plain awesome. You know, I swim in the shallow end people. I’ll let you smarter folk decipher the true meaning. - Front Porch Musings


Invisible and Bulletproof
2012, Monolathe Recordings



You don’t have to die to start your life all over again, but you might have to pretend to. Fake Your Own Death, a San Francisco band, are constantly reinventing their sound, their vision and the Mission District art scene that they call home. Starting over again seems to be the mantra in the bands amazing self-titled debut. The music sounds fresh, vital and earnest while at the same time, vintage and honest. Described as literary, brutal and infectious, FYOD has been compared to bands like The National, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Arcade Fire, The Replacements and Interpol by both local and national press. They are staples on Bagel Radio, Mutiny Radio, Soma FM and KUSF. FYOD have played several sold out shows as main support for Bob Mould, The Warlocks, Hockey, You Say Party We Say Die, Admiral Radley, Film School, White Denim and The Trail of the Dead.

The band started out as collaboration between Terry Ashkinos (formerly of SF indie darlings Elephone) and a producer named Sean Beresford (Run DMC, The Blacks, Third Eye Blind) who remains their producer and 6th member today. From these recording came 8 amazing songs including the singles Mouth to Speak and Dead Won’t Die. The band was invited to play the Noise Pop festival in San Francisco as well as SXSW in Austin. Fans and promoters were blown away by the emotionally charged live show and well crafted songwriting. When it was clear that FYOD was going to become a headlining act, Terry decided to recruit long time friends August and Dan in order to take the band to the next level. With the expertise, attitude and talent that August and Dan brought, FYOD quickly moved to the top of the heap in the local SF indie rock scene. They recently added Joey Federale on bass to round out the sound. FYOD released their debut cd, Invisible and Bulletproof, on Monolathe Recordings in August, 2012. The also appear on a compilation with Tricycle records as well as a split 7” with Mission Freak Records in 2011. They are currently recording the follow up release. See them now so you can say you saw them when…

Fake Your Own Death
678 Hampshire St, SF CA 94110