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Top Five Fridays: Fake Boyfriend

September 9, 2016

Hey Folks,

It’s Friday! That means it’s time to get ready and get set for what ever kind of trouble you have cooked up for this weekend, and it’s also time for another great musical act to come on board this site and share 5 records that they love and cherish with the rest of us.  Today we’re hanging in west philly to talk with Ashley Tryba, Sarah Myers, and Abi Reimold of the punk three piece Fake Boyfriend (you loyal readers will remember Abi from last week when she did a Top Five Fridays as a solo artist).  Now normally I would simply post a picture of the band and start talking about why I think they are great, but in this instance I am going to let Fake Boyfriend introduce themselves with this stellar live performance of their song “WAX” off their 2016 EP “Mercy.”

I first discovered Fake Boyfriend this year on philly punk three piece Cayetana’s twitter feed, a well known source of wonderful music and just general all around greatness.  My first reaction to opening track “Ship” was, “Oh my gosh, there are 3 people singing together!”  Seconds later my reaction was, “Damn. Now there are three people screaming together.”   Fake Boyfriend would be on my radar based simply on the fact that they are the rare punk band capable of tear jerking three part harmony, but the fact is this is also a band that can rage with the best of them.  It is these two extremes of “gritty and pretty” as the band describes it that makes “Mercy” such an engrossing listen and hands down my favorite EP of 2016.  Everyone else can keep their applications.  I’m also convinced that there is a Virginia Woolf reference on “Ship,” which warms my heart.

For their list today, Ashley, Sarah, and Abi have chosen five albums that have brought them together not only as a band, but also as friends.  It’s a killer list, and the band members even took time to single out their favorite tracks.  The result is one of the best T5Fs ever presented on this site and I’m so stoked to share it with you all.  Give it up for Fake Boyfriend!

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These are 5 albums that have united us; either because we grew up listening to them separately, or because we learned about them together, or drove long hours listening to them, or drunkenly danced around to them. They are woven into our friendship and memories and influences, and each have become comforting security blankets, albums to go back to over and over, albums that each of us individually and together rely upon.

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Fleetwood Mac – Rumours:

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What do we say about Rumours??? Only that there have been many nights after shows that we’ve stomped around our living room to this album.

Favorite Songs:

Ashley – Dreams – My mom would drive me around the suburbs and this was the only CD we could both agree on.

Sarah – Second Hand News – The baw baw baw vocal solo thinga ma bob is rock n’ roll genius.

Abi – Go your own way – My mom and dad would listen to this song while nordic tracking.

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Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire for No Witness:

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This album got us through several cold cold winters.

Favorite Songs:

Abi – Unfuck the World – It’s so painful and broken – it’s so bold to open a record this way, so captivating

Ashley – Stars – I love the beginning and the first line: “I think you like to see me lose my mind/ You treat me like a child I’m angry blind”. Those two lines are so bold because it’s everything I’ve ever tried to say in a relationship and she just says it. And then she talks about wanting to speak for her environment and that’s what I went to school for and what I care most about.

Sarah – Hi Five – This album hit me while I was ending a long relationship and that line “I’m stuck too, I’m stuck with you,” I would just scream over and over and over until I cried while I was driving home from school. There’s like a hopeful tension to the song, like maybe being with this person will be different but then it just ends with this realization that none of these people are different, and I keep getting stuck, and what am I doing that makes this keep happening? Can I do anything different?

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Land of Talk – Some Are Lakes:

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Favorite Songs:

Sarah – Some Are Lakes – I remember listening to this song while on mushrooms at the beach with all our friends and the sky was just refracting and kaleidoscoping and it just sucked us all in and it was glowy and beautiful.

Ashley- Some Are Lakes – I remember listening to this song the first summer I had a car, out in the suburbs and just driving around all summer and daydreaming about being in love.This song just gets inside of you, it’s like listening to someone who can be happy because they understand being sad, it’s rich.

Abi – Yuppy Flu –  I hosted at a restaurant and this song would come on once every day and it made my day every time.

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My Bloody Valentine – Loveless:

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It was hard to choose between this album and Slowdive’s Souvlaki because one of the first shows we went to together was Slowdive. But this album was a part of one the first times Abi and Ashley hung out and was the first album Sarah listened to in our first apartment together, so it feels essential.

Favorite Songs:

Abi – When You Sleep – I love how the lyrics are so simple but they capture the whole record and it’s like the thesis of the record. And that’s the only song where I can really understand the lyrics.

Ashley – When You Sleep – I took a psych elective for college and you had to pick a song that was you and I picked this one. I feel like the notes sound like me, or sound like how I think I sound: they’re pretty, but also sad, it’s sad but also super upbeat. The song also evokes this feeling of “I believe in love enough to get heartbroken,” I want to believe in the magic, but don’t want to get hurt by the world. And it reminds me of my favorite weather: those hot humid days in the beginning of summer where you’re excited because you have spring fever but also it could just start storming. It’s still gray, but the sun is there somewhere.

Sarah – When You Sleep – I feel like I tie songs to memories really tightly. Like I remember listening to this song over and over and over while cleaning the house that Abi and Ash and I moved into together the first time, and it just felt solidifying, like i was crazy and depressed and manically cleaning but there were these bright spots like in the song. The song is so gray and blue, but there’s these orange and yellow bright spots and that was like the light of living with Ash and Ab, even though we were in our own dark places.

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Lana del Rey – Born to Die:

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We couldn’t pick favorite tracks because we love them all so much, so we discussed what it is about this album that keeps us coming back to it.

Abi – She doesn’t sugar coat love, she’s like love is fucked up. And she seems to be searching for someone that’s big enough to hold her and can’t find it, but does self-destructive shit because it’s not out there – she’s a Hollywood horror story, it’s still glamourous but it’s not. And it’s like she wants to be dumb so that she doesn’t have to deal with all the shit that’s going on in her mind.

Ashley – She makes me feel less sorry for being a girl and less apologetic for being dramatic, and being less careful or regretful of the times I’ve hurt people’s feelings. She makes me feel better about fucking up, and being dramatic about it because we’re all young and dumb. And when she sings about love it’s like I’m fucked up but there’s gotta be someone out there to help me, and the only person that can help you is you, but it’s nice to put it out there and not bring the responsibility back on yourself. It’s way easier to be like boys boys boys rather than be like why do I hate myself? It’s easier to throw yourself into a relationship, even one that won’t last, than to think about self-care.

Sarah – I remember the first time I watched one of her videos, and I remember feeling like I didn’t want to get into it, but I was immediately sucked in. She has this honesty, this self-conscious narcissism, sugar coated poison thing that she shares so openly and is so identifiable. It’s like this femme-narrative of almost constant self-hatred, but sometimes you feel hot, and shiny, and glamourous, but that self hatred is still there.

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Thanks so much Fake Boyfriend!

These people are making great and wonderful things folks, and you don’t want to miss a moment. In 2016, that means giving this band the ol’ “LIKE” on facebook, and follow on twitter.  You wouldn’t want to miss a Fake Boyfriend show in your town would you?  “Mercy,” their stellar EP, can be purchased on bandcamp either by downloading or by ordering a pink cassette. If you are like me and prefer owning all your music on pink cassette, then you should go for the latter.  While you are busy buying music, both Abi and Sarah have solo work that you should check out as well!

If you are so inclined, you can check out exciting past Top Five Fridays including such Philly Music luminaries as creepoid, Stupid Bag Records, Goodbye Party, Radiator Hospital, Salinas Records, and yes even Abi Reimold as a solo artist!

well peace out good people of the world,

Peter Winter

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Peter Winter is amassing large amounts of fantastic albums on pink cassette tapes. If you want to see pictures, maybe you should follow him on twitter. peterwinter38

 

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