- If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
We are Fake News, a melodic punk rock band from Queensland, Australia.
We are a 5piece band made up of Tim on vocals, Mick on guitar, Darren on 2 nd guitar, Nick on Bass, Nat on drums.
- How did you all meet?
The band first formed in late 2017 when Mick put out the word he was looking to start a punk rock band. None of us had ever really met before & I heard about it through a friend. I turned up to the first practice & met Darren there as well. We seemed to instantly click & were pumping out new songs every week. We changed a few drummers & singers along the way. We had been talking to Tim for a while & knew of his band from up the sunshine coast. When it came time to lay down vocals for Everyday Warrior we put it out to him & he jumped on board & smashed it out. Around the same time we were also looking for another drummer & I had known Nat for years through playing gigs in other bands over the years & Tim knew him as well through the sunshine coast connection. We asked him to come play for us & that is how we stay to this day.
- How long have you been playing?
We have been Fake news for over 5 years now. 2 ½ with the current lineup. All of us have been playing music for over 20 years through a range of different bands.
- What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
Melodic. Punk. Rock.
- What are your musical influences?
90’s punk is where it mainly stems from for all of us. Think Pennywise, Strung Out, Bad Religion,
NOFX, Pulley, Lagwagon, Millencolin, Bigwig, Good Riddance, Rise Against. You get the idea.
- What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
Marilyn Manson fucked a pigeon on stage at the Big Day Out in 2002. That was pretty weird.
- Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?
It wasn’t that bad down here. There were still some shows going ahead. Although some of them had to be seated gigs which just doesn’t work for a punk show. For the band we played a great show up at Solbar on the sunny coast once things freed up a bit more. It was good to see crowds out & about again & getting amongst it that’s for sure. For myself personally the first big show I went & saw was probably pennywise last year when they toured. We certainly missed a lot of touring bands in that time but its all coming back now which is good
- What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
I can honestly say I don’t think there is 1 that I am ashamed of. I’ve got about 600 albums, pretty much all punk & metal, I would be happy to walk anyone through them all.
- What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
Theres a lot of good stuff out lately. One Of Us have a great new album. Loving those guys. They remind me of Propagandhi a bit. Twenty2’s latest album is killer as well. Sic Waiting have been
getting a good run lately too. Mix that all in with the usual punk rock diet I’m on & it’s a great mix.
- Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
We have our new EP “Take Me Away” being released on March 16 everywhere on all platforms. We have already released a couple of singles from this EP being “Nothing Town” & “Rise & Fall”. There is a film clip out for Rise & fall as well which is good for a laugh. After that we are getting back in the studio to record our next single we aim to release later this year.
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