Marking one year since its release Animal Style Records has launched a pay what you want download for The Fake Boys “Pig Factory” for one week only at http://animalstylerecords.bandcamp.com/album/pig-factory
The Fake Boys
Since 2007, The Fake Boys have cranked out an addictive and kinetic sound that’s tough to pin down stylistically yet infinitely easy to digest. With humble beginnings as a pop-punk side project for Jim “Death” Domenici – former front man for hardcore outfit Hammer Bros. – the Massachusetts-based outfit has crafted several well-received releases which capture the classic aggression and propulsive energy of forefathers such as The Descendents and Husker Du. However, The Fake Boys also embrace the timeless melodies and sing-along hooks of indie-rock icons ranging from The Fastbacks to Weezer to The Smoking Popes.
The Fake Boys’ second long-player, the fantastic and perhaps career-defining Pig Factory, is the trio’s first with West Coast-based Animal Style Records, whose expanding punk-powerhouse roster includes Mixtapes, Transit and Hold Tight. The album was recorded and produced by Jay Maas (Have Heart, Title Fight, Polar Bear Club) at Getaway Recording in Wakefield, MA.
Much like the band’s back catalog, Pig Factory embraces a familiar fuzzed-out earnestness that evokes major ‘90s indie nostalgia. The technical and discordant guitars – reminiscent of early Cursive or Dear You-era Jawbreaker – set a perfect backdrop for Domenici’s vocals, which exude both gloss and grit: two qualities that don’t often exist in the same space.
While The Fake Boys can project angst and anger with dynamic, buzz-saw guitars and songs that focus on hard-hitting topics, it’s the trio’s sense of humor and vulnerability that makes its music undeniably relatable. Domenici’s vocal style lends a feeling of true conviction that isn’t lost amongst the band’s ferocity. Paired with clever lyrics and fist-pumping choruses, he offers a touch of whimsy that helps ground jagged arrangements – a welcomed nuance akin to Pinkerton-era Weezer.
With Pig Factory, The Fake Boys may have found the perfect middle ground between the nostalgia and warmth of ’90s indie and power-pop and the urgency and tension of modern punk, and the outfit shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. Of course, after averaging virtually one new release per year, that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Then again, who’s complaining? We’ll take more infectious, rip-roaring tunes from The Fake Boys any time.