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.
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.