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Fake Patriots
07/05/2001

Please give a brief history of the band, including current line up.

We formed in late '97 outof a love of Punk, Oi!, Hardcore, Ska and related noises and a hatred of the pop shit that was calling itself Punk at the time. Rossko is the bassist and main tunesmith. His big brother Scott is the vocalist/co-lyricist. Ziggy is the guitarist and our new tub thumper is Steph (up until recently we had Stewart on drums, but he now plays for Oi! guvnors 'On File') and this is us back to full strength after a while just fucking about.

Discography.

First came a wee demo called 'An Opportunity To Explore The Meaning Of Life', then 3 songs on 'Punks, Skins And Herberts Vol. 5' for Helen of Oi!. Lastly our debut album, with the 3 Helen of Oi! tracks added on, 'No Nonsense' for Tenderloin Records and thats it so far.

If you were writing a review about Fake Patriots, how would you describe the band?

Hhhmmm, tricky one. We would just say "If down to earth, 80's influenced, hardcore punk with serious songs about the poor state of the country and not so serious songs about wanking and shagging nuns is the kind of stuff you are into, then give Fake Patriots a try!" Hows that? Can we have a job?

Has any band member played in other bands, if so what?

Steph, our drummer, has got his own band called 'Venetian Love Triangle' who are well worth a listen if you like original sounding alternative rock music. He's been in bands since he was quite young, but for the rest of us this is our first serious group.

Do you do any covers in your live set, if so what and why?

No, but we used to do 'The Blame' by Agnostic Front. Why don't we do it anymore? Because, to the best of our knowledge, Agnostic Front don't cover any of our songs so why the fuck should we cover theirs? The real reason we don't do covers is we just prefer to let our own songs do the talking.

Who would you most like to be stuck in a lift with and why?

We'd rather not be stuck in a lift at all, but if we had to be, we'd like to be stuck with
someone who knew how to fix the fucking thing!

What is the Punk/Oi scene like in your area?

It's completely fucking non-existant in Perth, our home town. Nearby  Dundee is a bit better thanks to some mates of ours starting what could become a regular Punk and Oi night at the Westport bar. The first of these nights was very well attended with over one hundred people crammed into a small sweaty upstairs lounge. The bill consisted of Fake Patriots, Bakers Dozen, The Swellbellys and The Eddies and it was bloody great.

What is Punk?

It means different things to different people. To us it basically means 'Do your own thinking, don't be influenced by all the horse shite you will be subjected to, be proud of who you are no matter how many pricks tell you that you're wrong and pretty much question every thing you are told! Oh, and theres also some damn fine music to go along with it.

Plans, gigs and releases planned for 2001.

We are planning in invading England at some point this year, in the nicest possible way of course. We also have a gig at McPhails in Leven on May 27th with Sad Society, The Threats and others. We will be recording new material soon hopefully for release through Tenderloin again and we will be supporting Sir Cliff Richard on his forthcoming tour of the UK.

Any final comments?

Just like to say thank you for taking an interest and cheers for the review (the moneys in the post), and all the lovely people out there can buy our album 'No Nonsense' in all good stores distributed by Pan-Sonic/PHD or direct from Tenderloin Records Ltd for only £8 including P&P, if you send a cheque, postal order or some well concealed cash to
3 Chapelfields, Ardingly Road, Cuckfield, West Sussex, RH17 5JR.
Go on, you know it makes sense!
See y'all soon

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