Combining the intense hardcore ingredients and more melodic, emotional elements, the newest EP from French band FAKE OFF balances brute force and cleaner moods perfectly and serves an intense and heartfelt listen backed up by considerable skill. “Boréal” is definitely a worthy, infectious follow-up to their 2014 full length “Climatic Accidents, Landscape-Making” and 2009 debut EP “Appalling Options”, and we are excited to bring it to you exclusively right here! Play it loud and leave your thoughts in the comments below.
“Boréal” EP by FAKE OFF is being co-released as 7” on Backpack Records (UK), BG Records (FR), Dingleberry records (DE), Don’t Trust the Hype Records (FR), Emergence Records (FR), Inhumano discos (CH), Koepfen records (DE), KROD Records (FR) and Lonely Voyage Records (UK), and as CD on Dirty Slap Records (FR) and Mustard Mustache Records (UK). Catch the band live with VIVA BELGRADO in Lille on October 27th!
“Boréal” was written during a self-destructing time for some people around and inside the band. The songs collect all the grief and tribulations of a trial aiming to coexist in an revolting social environment. It procures the most intensely emotional and aggressive songs the band has ever written. They recorded 5 songs as 5 steps in a migration, 5 songs as 5 moments in emancipation. Each chapter delivers melancholic melodies crashing into a powerful song. “Boréal” is an album, a collection of emotional and musical panoramas underlying landscape metaphors. The trip is leading in the boreal geography, carrying away the listener from the gravity of a forest to the pristine wilderness of Arctic. Steps into the prairie, taiga and tundra imply the audience in some poignant scene of sorrow and tearing off moments. The EP relates the retreat of a person searching for clarity and peace. This retreat reveals much as the distance between a man and the society than the proximity between a man and a depression, dying his life in transparency. The images are veiled to suit everyone who could be wandering. Composing the EP as a whole, the band worked once again with the graphic designer and tattooist Tommy Knuts to get a coherency between lyrics, music and artwork. Between symbolic and realistic traces, the design is made with handmade pictures expressing each act. The artist delivered a comprehensive packaging for this “musical portfolio”.
More about the band:
This 5 piece-outfit hailing from northern France drifts in the shallow seas of contemporary post-something-“to be cool” tunes. Musical influences come from bands such as Shaï Hulud, Touché Amoré, With Honor, Nine Eleven… After one EP, and their first full length in 2014, the band just finishing to work on their release. Sadness-oriented, deftly underlaying landscapes and geography metaphors, their music is about self-construction and what a man calls a life, framing all the uncompromising choices of modern society and their struggles. These gents deliver their passion, unfolding powerful and poignant music through their emotional and physical engagement. One of the most incredible thing touring over the past 5 years gave them, is the opportunity of meeting generous and genuine people across Europe.