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.
We know that many of you must wonder where we’ve been and what we’ve been up to since the release of Liner Notes three years ago. Things haven’t been completely dead quiet – we’ve contributed to a couple of compilations – Power Pop Planet Volume 1, and most recently A Kool Kat Kristmas Volume 2 which contains previously unreleased track “You Always Come Back Home (for Christmas)”. The main reason for our absence is that we’ve been busy raising kids – no less than three babies have been born since 2012. Also, I (Joey) have had a lot to do with my other band (If you’re interested, check out Hong Faux). It hasn’t been easy to get all the pieces of the puzzle to fit, so we decided that we would keep working on the new album that we started tracking in the summer of 2011 whenever we could find time.
And now the time has come when we’re finally finished. We actually thought we were finished last year, but then Jon Auer of The Posies got involved in the project and we decided to take our time and make this album as good as possible. With Jon as co-producer and guest musician we’ve managed to take the songs to a whole new level and we’re extremely proud of the outcome. We can’t wait to share this new music with all of you. So when will the new album be out? Well, we honestly don’t know, but we will start mixing together with Anders Hellgren (The Merrymakers) in spring and then start looking for a good setup to get it out there. Our previous releases have been real DIY efforts, and now we want to try and do it a different way – if possible. We’re confident that the new album is our best work yet, but we don’t want to rush it.
If you want to know more, I did a little Q&A with Real Gone yesterday about what’s going on. If you want to get in touch, you know where our Facebook page is.
Happy Holidays everyone!