How Far Our Bodies Go
Released on April 24, 2007
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Although Naples, Florida is just five short hours from Gainesvillethe
birthplace of bands like Against Me! and Hot Water Music—the
area isn’t commonly considered to be a punk Mecca; and with good
reason. “Naples is a really thriving vacation spot, so the whole city
revolves around people who come here for three months of the year,”
explains Fake Problems frontman Chris Farren. “So it’s a strange
environment, but I think it’s a good environment creatively because
it’s very… nice.”
Despite the fact that they’ve only been together for a few years, his
group of four friends—which also features bassist Derek Perry,
guitarist Casey Lee and drummer Sean Stevenson—have already
logged more miles in the van as a full-time touring band than most
acts years their senior. “Last September we started touring for two
weeks out of every month and then that started increasing to three,”
Farren explains. In October, the band blew the minds of fans from
around the world at this year’s Fest in Gainesville, and the band
just finished up a largely sold out tour alongside Against Me! and
The Riverfront Gamblers.
Recorded with Rob McGregor (Hot Water Music, Grabass Charlestons),
the band’s full-length debut How Far Our Bodies Go has a
timeless feel that pushes the boundaries of punk rock while retaining
the youthful exuberance inherent in the band’s music. With it’s
blaring horns, swinging tempos and anthemic vocals “Maestro Of
This Rebellious Symphony” sounds like it’s about to combust at any
moment; although “Astronaut” starts with an acoustic intro the
song quickly erupts into the cathartic punk of “Crest On The Chest”;
and the confessional ballad “Staying & Leaving As Living & Dying”
evokes Saddle Creek artists like Bright Eyes and The Good Life.
A concept album about morality and driven by a love of life and a
fear of death, How Far Our Bodies Go, manages to tackle existential
subject matter in a way that doesn’t come off as preachy or pretentious.
In fact, metaphoric references to birth, travel, bones, weather,
goals and uncertainty litter the album, forming a patchwork of
experiences that make up one complete life experience. “I need to
swing, I need to move/You need to stand up, look forward and go,”
Farren sings during “Life’s A Drink, Get Thirsty,” trying his best to
move ahead amidst all this self-imposed chaos and confusion—and
his catharsis seems to be working.
“In my lyrics I definitely like to say what I feel, but I don’t like to
alienate people or create a niche so that you can only listen to our
music if you share our beliefs,” Farren explains about the disc,
which begins with his birth (“We were born in our mothers arms but
we have since grown”) and ends with his imminent death (“I missed
you, I barely hit you but you could have gone to heaven today”). “I
don’t like to bring my problems to other people unless they’re really
important,” Farren continues, elaborating on the band’s curious
moniker. “I don’t like to trouble people with trivial things, so I just
write 'em down and play guitar to 'em.”
Fake Problems aren’t concerned about fitting into any type of niche,
selling a ton of records or wearing make-up in effort to perpetuate
some kind of image. If anything the band’s image is that they don’t
have one, instead choosing to put their energy into seeing the world,
writing honest music and pouring their hearts out every night—and
now that people are starting to take notice, well, that’s just a bonus.
We can’t wait to hear if you agree.