Enter Merrimack Valley in Massachusetts. Birthplace to many well know acts. Transit, Have Heart, and The Carrier have basically had their careers start in the valley. Merrimack itself is home to a lot of smaller bands with a lot of variety who also put on some incredibly fun shows. The Fake Boys are a part of this vibrant scene. With a number of EP's and full lengths under their belt over a course of four years, the members of The Fake Boys have definitely cemented themselves as Veterans in the Valley. Their latest release, Nice Knowing You stands as proof.
The tracks on this EP are wonderful. If one thing is correct, The Fake Boys are a very hard band when it comes pinpointing their musical direction. One thing that they try to distance themselves from is the idea they're a straight Pop Punk band, Vocalist Jim Domenici has explicitly stated before, “The thing that has bothered me most over the past 4 years is the incorrect assumption that we're trying to be a traditional pop-punk band.” Going on to explain that they take influence from a variety of genres. The EP is about as varied as a classy liquor store. The song David Frances Morrisey is a an almost Queers like sounding song. While the song My Best Face has a very hard rock sounding tinge to it. Instrumentally, it is your standard three chord rock. However, the simplicity of The Fake Boys help make the EP stand out. It’s all aggressive down strokes and choruses to sing along to with incredible melodies.
The jewel of this album just happens to be Drug Rug. It's an emotional, almost hopeless romantic type of song. The song, just like the rest are enjoyable and accessible, but also, you can see the band's approach when it comes to writing. The song dances between a melodic, enthusiastic punk rock sound to an emotionally charged hard rock, almost Foo Fighters sound. Everything from the gentle drumming, the dominating guitar riffs, the bass that compliments the drumming in the beginning and end portions, and Jim's heartfelt vocals all work together to make what is arguably the best song released by this band.
Despite the fact many people may put off by the band's approach to music with some maybe even calling it “Genre Confusion,” the Fake Boys are definitely a band worth listening to. At barely over ten minutes long, Nice Knowing You is a breeze to listen through, but it will definitely be an EP you will listen to again. Every member has stepped up to the plate and have done their best with this highly enjoyable EP. Given time, it is a certainty that The Fake Boys will begin to perfect their craft, perhaps in their upcoming LP entitled Pig Factory in which Domenici states, “For anyone who bothered to jam our last 7" Nice Knowing You on Kiss of Death, this upcoming LP will pick up right where that left off.”