AN INTERVIEW WITH FAUX FEROCIOUS

     This rough and tough quartet was formed in the hills of Knoxville, Tennessee in 2008, but don’t confuse those college punks for the band they are today. Now reigning in Nashville, music has become their primary focus and there’s no looking back. Read about their influences, Nashville music scene, and what’s next for them.
 

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Krouty Garage Psych Punk from Nashville.

SONGWRITING PROCESS?

    We like to groove on a tasty lick and jam. If it’s something that we can all agree on we will voice memo it and come back to it. Maybe it’s something we like a week later. Maybe it isn’t. That’s how it usually starts.

NASHVILLE'S DIY MUSIC SCENE? 

    Nashville is a really hard town to play in. It’s probably the hardest of all the cities that we have played. I’m not sure if it is the over saturation of musicians in this town or just the cool clique high school feel that the scene here can tend to have. We’ve had difficulty with the DIY scene in Nashville when generally every other cities scene has been so welcoming. The people that do put together the DIY shows in Nashville such as Mac J should be appreciated/talked about more than the same three band bills that occur every month. It’s been an ongoing battle to try to get people to come out to shows and to express interest in bands from out of town.  

YOU GUYS RELEASED A CASSETTE WITH BURGER RECORDS AND NASHVILLE'S FAVORITE, INFINITY CAT RECORDINGS. WHAT'S THAT BEEN LIKE? 

     We released both of these cassettes a few months apart from each other. Each one is full of completely different songs. The Infinity Cat release is more of our punky minimalistic garage rock or die creation. It was recorded at several different places over several years. The Burger Records cassette “Blues Legends,” has a far more laid back vibe. The songs are longer. We had Will Logsden as a keyboard player for it.  Blues Legends was also recorded via 388 and was completed over a much shorter time span.

HOW HAS YOUR MUSIC PROGRESSED SINCE YOU STARTED IN 2008? 

     We didn’t really know what we were doing in 2008. We were a shitty college band. It wasn’t until around 2012/13 that we actually decided to make it more than a hobby and started to tour and record constantly. I think this is really when Faux Ferocious started. That was when our sound truly started to develop. We might of played together back in the day but it wasn’t until a few years ago that it really kicked off. If you heard Faux Ferocious tracks from 2008 next to Faux Ferocious tracks from 2016 you wouldn’t know it was the same band.  

WHAT'S NEXT? 

    We are releasing a full length album this Fall on our friend Jason Boardman’s label “Striped Light” out of Knoxville, TN. We have a full West Coast and East Coast tour planned around it. We will be having a real wild and crazy release show as well.  A single and more information regarding the album will be announced soon so keep those peepers open.

AN ARTIST, SONG, OR ALBUM THAT MAKES YOU FEEL A HEAVY DOSE OF NOSTALGIA?

    The Velvet Underground. Very much so. Just a few days ago I heard a Lou Reed song that was new to me and it was incredible.

IF YOU COULD LIVE IN ANY PAST DECADE? 

1960’s or 1690’s. always getting the two confused.

WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING A BAND IN THE 21ST CENTURY?

     I’m sure a lot has changed as music is so easily accessible. When we first started touring you could get on the computer look up venues, bands, promoters, scenes, etc in other cities and kind of main line yourself in through emails and social media. We were never a band in the internet free era so I wouldn’t know for certain but I imagine that it was the biggest game changer to the music industry ever.

interview and photo by JOSEPH COAKLEY

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