Gold Coast / Brisbane six-piece Cheap Fakes are gearing up to launch their third studio album Modern Vintage and have announced a bunch of dates in support.
The album, which is due out 9 October was produced by John Merchant after months of intensive pre-production but a whirlwind recording session. Merchant is known for his work with artists like Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz and Barbra Streisand.
Hayden Andrews (guitar / vocals) said the band wanted the album to be an experience and journey for the listener.
“There are a lot of different styles and genres and we have worked really hard to craft an album that is intense and huge in parts but then gentle and sparse in others,” he said. “It is definitely an album of big build ups and breakdowns, tension and release.”
Hayden said John Merchant got the best out of the band.
“He’s an absolute genius… he’s such a nice guy. His knowledge and experience is impressive. He got the best sound for us. The way he looked at our songs and crafted them was amazing,” he said.
Cheap Fakes’ energetic and catchy songs get most audiences up and grooving and it’s obvious the six band members have a lot of fun on stage.
“It has to be about fun and not about money,” Hayden says. “It’s all about having fun with your mates and we have a good time.”
And if fun means mixing things up, then these guys are masters. You can hear reggae, ska and funk, solid pop hooks and plenty of brass when you listen to the Cheap Fakes.
Hayden says those genres swing and they bring in plenty of influences.
“We never wanted to play music in a traditional style but create our own sound. Sticking to one style is boring, we keep it interesting for ourselves so we… keep our audience interested,” he said.
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Cheap Fakes play Brisbane’s The Triffid on 9 October, Miami Marketta on 11 October and Sol Bar on the Sunshine Coast on 16 October.