Faux Hoax – Your Friends Will Carry You Home 7″

Faux Hoax - Your Friends Will Carry You Home 7"

Faux Hoax - Your Friends Will Carry You Home 7"

This little slab of vinyl comes in a limited edition of 1,000 copies on black. As with most records these days, Faux Hoax (pronounced “folks”) comes with a download code so you enjoy the tunes on your iPod – you’ll even two extra tracks for free out of the whole deal. The band (side project? collective?) features members of Menomena, Gang of Four, Tracker, 31 Knots, and Adam Knade of Asthmatic Kitty Records.  Basement recordings by friends already committed to other projects often sound like nothing more than extended jams of interest only to the biggest fans.

A side track “Your Friends Will Carry You Home” reeks of this. This low-fi song with the title repeated over and over, spoken-word style with just simple guitar and drums over soft electronic blips initially leaves a lot to be desired. The song just seems too simplistic, but it pulls you in just as you’re about to lose interest. I’m not sure exactly what makes the tune so endearing in the end, but you’ll definitely listen to this one on repeat. “Hippies Will Rule” is more complex, with a build-it-up/break-it-down dark rock vibe. The vocals come in about half way through and this time you’ll be greeted with the sing-spoken line, “It was better when the weather froze the glacier twice a year.”

Faux Hoax may intend to be “experimental” and “unique”, but this pair of songs is less fractured or dissonant than the term experimental often brings to mind. Your Friends Will Carry You Home is definitely unique though, almost indescribably. Those already familiar with the members’ main bands will easily be drawn to this project, but other rock fans will likely find some interesting tidbits here as well. 

Polyvinyl Records