Punktuation!

Punk News, Features, Interviews and More!

Sunday, January 29, 2023

Fake Names release second single from upcoming new album, title track ‘Expendables’

Fake Names

Today, post-punk dream team Fake Names debut their new single ‘Expendables’ - the galloping title track from their upcoming record out on March 3rd via Epitaph Records.

Fake Names is comprised of members Brian Baker (Minor Threat, Bad Religion, Dag Nasty), Michael Hampton (S.O.A., Embrace), Dennis Lyxzén (Refused, INVSN, The [International] Noise Conspiracy), Johnny Temple (Girls Against Boys, Soulside) and Brendan Canty (Fugazi, Rites of Spring.)

Formed in 2016, Baker describes the band as a “mutual admiration society,” saying that once the five members got in the same room together, it felt as if they had already been in the band together for years. “There’s this intangible energy, a clairvoyance that comes from our shared experience,” he explains. On ‘Expendables,’ the result pairs their unparalleled pedigree with a pop sensibility that’s slightly unexpected and wholly satisfying.

Boasting modern production paired with Bad Religion-esque backing vocals, Brian Baker says of ‘Expendables‘, “that song has so much classic Michael Hampton in it that I just laugh every time I play it. It’s just so hooky and it’s got this soaring chorus that still excites me now and I’ve heard it, like, 175 times.”

Aided by producer Adam “Atom” Greenspan (IDLES, Yeah Yeah Yeahs), the upcoming album has a surprisingly cleaner sound for the hardcore punk veterans. According to Baker, “the pop influences are a little more out front on this one and the production really helps it shine. It sounds more direct, more urgent.” It’s the latest exchange in a musical conversation that spans four decades, but instead of rehashing the past, ‘Expendables’ is a reinvention that sees the band dialling back the distortion and leaning into the melodies.

Previous single release ‘Delete Myself‘ plus this new track promise a banger of an album, to be played on loud!
Pre-order ‘Expendables‘ from HERE

Fake Names - Expendables

Main Photo Credit: GLEN.E.FRIEDMAN

  1. Targets
  2. Expendables
  3. Delete Myself
  4. Go
  5. Don’t Blame Yourself
  6. Can’t Take It
  7. Damage Done
  8. Madtown
  9. Caught In Between
  10. Too Little Too Late
Keep up with Fake Names on Their Socials
Need more Punk In Your Life?
Show More
Buy Punktuation! A Coffee

If you enjoy reading Punktuation! please consider supporting us with a regular donation each month.

Every contribution, however big or small, powers our DIY punk mag and sustains our future.

Donating as little as the cost of a coffee every month will help support independent music journalism.

Thank You!

Translate »
Punktuation Magazine uses cookies and other data to deliver, maintain, and improve our services. We also have partners that measure how our services are used. By continuing to use this site, you agree to our use of cookies.
I Accept