Faux Ferocious are four friends from Nashville, Tenn. that have been melting minds with their off-kilter, post-punk/garage rock for over 10 years.
The old school buds, Jonathan Phillips, Dylan Palmer, Terry Kane, and Reid Cummings, began playing together in 2007 and then began touring and releasing home recordings in 2013.
They have released several 7-inch vinyls, EPs, and full lengths including 2015’s self tilted, and 2016’s “Cloning the Rubicon.” Freshly signed to Burger Records (Thee Oh Sees, JEFF The Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Jacuzzi Boys, Ty Segall, Red Kross) Faux Ferocious traveled to Athens, Ga. to record their latest album, “Pretty Groovy,” at Chase Park Transduction Studios with engineer Drew Vandenberg.
“It’s a cool, old studio, bunch of good, old gear,” drummer Reid Cummings said. “We were able to record it all live, except for vocal overdubs and other overdubs like keyboards and synthesizers, but we were all able to be in one single room. Since we’ve done so much of the recordings in the past ourselves it’s always been piecemeal. Me and Terry would lay down guitar and drums and then we’d stack everything on that, but this way we were able to get all the basic tracks down, so it felt much more like a live recording.
“Overall it was a great experience,” Cummings added. “Having recorded so much of our own stuff in the past, it was kind of nice to work with somebody that was willing to put up with us.”
With propulsive, Krautrock motorik drums, classic rocking, psychedelic guitar grooves, and irreverent, deadpan vocal deliveries in the vein of The Fall, Modern Lovers, and Gang of Four there is a lot of ways you could describe Faux Ferocious’s wild sound, but the band likes to keep the labels simple.
“Usually we just say rock ’n’ roll,” says Cummings “There’s some country influence and psychedelic influence, but at it’s core it’s just rock ’n’ roll.”
The new album really benefits from retaining a live feel because live, in front of rowdy crowd, is where the band really grabs you by the shoulders and shakes you. There is nothing fake about their ferociousness.
“We try to keep things moving,” Cummings said. “Songs go into each other. Being together so long we can look at each other and know when something is going to change. Even though we know the songs we try to make it as impulsive as we can. We try not have any dead air, just keep people moving and grooving.”