New Track “Humdrum Routine” Released

We know you’re still waiting for the new album – it’s mastered and we’re in the process of finalizing the artwork. It WILL be released in 2018! It’s been a long process, and we recorded a whole bunch of songs that we’re really happy with, and we are confident that you will enjoy it too. We’d like to thank you for your patience with a little Christmas present – a brand new track that we recorded during the Frost session a while back. It’s a song about the frustration of the whole eat-sleep-work-repeat cycle that most of us find ourselves in (which is the main reason why our new album has taken so long to complete).

“Humdrum Routine” is free to download, although you can pay what you want, if you want. It will be released on streaming platforms in January.

Merry Christmas and Happy New 2018!

Release Announcement: New Single “Guns N’ Roses Saved My Life” Out Today

guns n roses saved my life

Thirty years ago, on the 16th of December in 1986, Guns N’ Roses first record Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide was released. The same date has been chosen for The Genuine Fakes’ new single release, which is a tribute to the biggest band on earth. The song itself tells the story of a boy who hears Guns N’ Roses for the first time, after which his life is forever changed. That story is actually true, as the band’s singer Joey was that boy:

“I remember sitting there completely floored. It was “Paradise City” that I heard, and I couldn’t fathom how something could be that cool. It had a profound effect on me, and in that very moment, I knew that I had to become a musician myself. A dream was born, and I’ve stuck with it ever since.”

“Guns N’ Roses Saved My Life” is a grand pop tune, filled with hooks and melodies galore. For the attentive listener there are also some GNR related references, both in the lyrics and the sound. Naturally, the artwork is also a not-so-subtle nod in GNR’s direction – the Appetite cover re-imagined by designer Lee Hasler.

The second album is slated for release in 2017, and is co-produced by Jon Auer of The Posies/Big Star.

“Guns N’ Roses Saved My Life” is available on iTunes and streaming services. You can also support us by buying the song directly from us on Bandcamp.

New single “Conceited” out now!

To celebrate our 10th anniversary show tonight at Southside Cavern in Stockholm, we’re giving away the song “Conceited”.

“Conceited” is a song that’s been a decade in the making. We began recording it on the day of the FIFA World Cup finals in 2006, and that day was actually the first recording session for us as a band. We laid down drum tracks for most of the songs that ended up on our debut album. However, none of the drum tracks from this first session were ever used since the evolution of the arrangements called for a do-over. This song was one of the ones that we decided to not continue working on at the time. The session was put on a hard drive that’s been collecting dust in a corner of the studio since then…

Fast forward to 2014, when we were invited to contribute a song to a compilation album The Southside Cavern Volume One – a collection of songs from bands who have played at The Southside Cavern over the years. Since the second album wasn’t finished we figured we should go through the archive and see if there was anything there worth revisiting. To our surprise, this track was sounding really great in its raw state and we decided to finish what we had started so many years ago. The result was released on said compilation on 31 January 2015.

Coincidentally, The Southside Cavern is a venue where we have played numerous times, and it is also the place we have chosen to have our 10 year anniversary on 23 March 2016. So, we thought it was fitting to release it as a single on this day. We hope you enjoy it.

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Past Shows

May 27, 2016 Stockholm, SWE PSB PSB
March 23, 2016 Stockholm, SWE The Southside Cavern The Southside Cavern


The Genuine Fakes is an indie rock band from Stockholm, Sweden. With the first album, they established themselves as a formidable indie rock band, blending influences from American alternative rock with britpop and Swedish indie, creating a new niche for themselves. Their second album entitled “Issues”, featuring Jon Auer as collaborator, is due out in 2018. On the new album they continue to build on the sound they created with the first, but compared to the extremely focused debut they’re now painting with broader strokes, widening the palette and showing both harder and softer sides.

“With this album, we wanted to prove that the first one wasn’t a fluke, while at the same time pushing our limits both as songwriters and as performers. The first one was born from raw energy and recorded quickly, whereas this one was allowed to take shape in a more organic way – we gave each song the time and attention it needed to become the best version of itself. And, with Jon Auer’s help, we got that extra level of shine to the material,” says singer/guitarist Johan Bergqvist

After five years of hard work in the studio, the album is finally ready for release. For those acquainted with the band’s infectious pop it will sound familiar, yet different, and for those discovering them for the first time – you’re in for a treat!

  • Johan Bergqvist – lead vocals, guitars, keyboards
  • Mårten Bengtsson – vocals, bass
  • Johan Sundin – vocals, drums, percussion


“The Genuine Fakes are proof of Sweden’s seemingly inexhaustible font of pop genius. Hitting all the right marks, they walk you thru the major required classes in the school of pop — chime, harmony, sparkle, and melody 101… surely these guys are on their way to being tenured professors in pop’s university.”

– Ken Stringfellow – The Posies

“They match smooth vocal efforts and powerful guitar attacks with an almost ridiculously strong song material.”

– Patrik Forshage – Nöjesguiden

“EVERY TRACK should be a hit single, as this is as near to musical perfection as you’ll get.”

– Johnny H – Über Rock

“The Genuine Fakes have a master’s degree in the art of writing fairly simple, incredibly catchy and truly enjoyable pop music.”

– Vesa Lautamaki – One Chord To Another

“It’s one well-constructed power pop track after another, complete with hooks and melodies galore.”

– Steve – Absolute Powerpop

“If you’re a fan of Fountains of Wayne, The Posies, Wannadies ‘Be a Girl’ and ‘Bagsy Me’ era or other similar types of jangly pop/rock, check out The Genuine Fakes.”

– Real Gone

“The Genuine Fakes know how to write really catchy power pop tunes the way bands like the Beatles do.”

– Jam Records


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