The Faux Paus
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The Faux Paus

Toledo, Ohio, United States

Toledo, Ohio, United States
Band Alternative Rock


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"The Scene: The Faux Paus"

Lineup: Amanda Thompson, guitar/vocals; Carrie Theuring, drums; and Hannah Fritch, keyboard/vocals

Year formed: 2009. We met in the film department at the University of Toledo. The plan was to keep the band a secret for a year and develop a sound and as musicians. But within a couple months, word got around. We agreed to play one show for a friend at Ramalama Records. It blossomed from there and before we knew it we were being asked to play around town a lot. Two years later we often play out of town on short weekend-warrior trips and week-long tours.

Influences: The Killers, Arcade Fire, Wolf Parade, classic jazz vocalists such as Nina Simone, Dinah Washington, Billy Holiday, Doris Day. Beyond that, we were trained in film school to really pay attention to naturally occurring sights, rhythms, and sounds and we've taken that with us post-grad. We try to translate that acute sense into music.

Favorite local venues: Woodchucks, Ottawa Tavern, and The Village Idiot. There are good people there always trying to be fair and square.

Web site: - Toledo Blade

""The Faux Paus emerge from 'Basement'""‘basement’/ - Toledo Free Press

"The Faux Paus to remain in style"

The Faux Paus to remain in style
Local indie rock band released new album ‘Basement’ Friday
By Megan Aherne

Arts and Life Editor

Published: Sunday, November 27, 2011
Updated: Monday, November 28, 2011 07:11

Photo courtesy of MoonMob Art
From left to right: Carrie Theuring, Hannah Fritch and Amanda Thompson of The Faux Paus.
Go to college, meet good friends, start a band, travel the country and pursue passions perpetually.
Such is the progression of local band, The Faux Paus, who released their second album "Basement" at the Ottawa Tavern on Friday.
Amanda Thompson, Carrie Theuring and Hannah Fritch met at UT as three film majors two years ago.
Fritch, who plays keyboard, guitar and vocals, said the group met in various classes.
"We decided to make a band in the editing lab one day when Carrie stumbled upon Amanda and myself playing around on guitar in there," Fritch said.
Thompson plays the guitar, keyboard and vocals with Theuring on the drums.
Their first self-titled EP was released last year at Culture Clash Records. Since then, The Faux Paus have taken their indie folk rock music to cities through Eastern states such as New York, New Jersey and Ohio.
Fritch said since their debut EP they have begun developing their individual sound.
"I think on the first CD we were still trying to figure ourselves out as musicians. But on ‘Basement' I feel we've got a coherent collection of songs," she said.
Inspirations for their sound include bands such as Beirut, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, CocoRosie, Wolf Parade and Arcade Fire.
The Faux Paus established a solid fan base within Toledo and the love continues to spread. They have played at almost every venue and in various events throughout the city and plan on continuing to perform.
"On the list of highlights would definitely be our ‘Basement' CD release party," Fritch said. "Great turnout and so much support. Felt like all the work we've been putting into the CD, and the band for that matter, got a nice shot of affirmation with how excited and into [the music] everyone was."
Being filmmakers as well, the band shoots and edits their music videos. They have created videos for songs such as "Scratch Paper," "Come Along Evangeline," "Shane West" and "Athena."
They also created documentary videos about their experiences in New York.
Andrew Makadsi, another alumnus of the UT film department, also created a video for the song "Two Weeks," from The Faux Paus' first album. All videos are on their self-titled Youtube channel.
Work for The Faux Paus does not end here. The band is currently making plans for more tour dates in and around the city.
"Next on the schedule is releasing a couple more EPs," Fritch said. "We're really trying to focus on recording while we have such great resources here in Toledo, plus regional touring."
Platinum records are not necessarily what these women have in mind for their band's future.
"Self-sufficiency would be the ultimate goal," Fritch said. "But mostly, always being able to create the music that we love and truly believe is uniquely ours to offer."
The Faux Paus new CD, "Basement," is available at the Allied Record Exchange on South Reynolds Road.
For tour dates, samples and more information about The Faux Paus, visit - Independent Collegian


The Faux Paus (Feb 2010):
1. That Song I Wrote You
2. Two Weeks
3. Impressions
4. ShaneWest
5. Creeper
6.Piano Rap

Basement (June 2011):
1. A Village
2. Camper
3. Dustin Hoffman

Both EPs can be heard at our Band Camp



We met in film school at the University if Toledo. It was our junior year when we accidentally discovered the idea of starting a band. We began practicing in Amanda's garage every night during the cold December of 2008. We practiced the same five songs over and over again just to learn our instruments and how to play with one another. We wanted to keep our band a secret for as long as we could before playing a show, but our friends found out soon enough.
We began playing around toledo at local venues and started our own fan base. We recorded our first EP "the Faux Paus" with producer Dan Brenner. We soon began traveling as band and making friends in other states.
We graduated in May 2010 with our Bachlor of Arts and Science in Film and created our first short film together "Three Blind Mauses." We shot, directed, acted, and edited the film ourselves. It is the first of many scripts we hope to bring to life. As the year went on we went on many weekend trips out to New York, Philly, Atlantic City, and venues around Ohio. We then recorded our second EP "Basement" with producer Zack Ships. "Basement" is the first of three EP's that we will record.
Currently we are working on the second of the three EPs "Spare Room" with Little Elephant Recordings . We are hoping to release in the next month or two. Now, we are getting ready for the big move to New York, where we hope all our dreams will come true.