INTERVIEW: Fake Names (Bad Religion, Refused, Minor Threat, Girls Against Boys, Fugazi) Interview at Riot Fest

Ghost Cult Keefy caught up with Brendan Canty and Brian Baker of Punk Rock supergroup Fake Names at Riot Fest 2023! The band features 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),  and released their newest album “Expendables” on Epitaph Records last spring. Brendan and Brian caught up with us, discussed the formation of the band at a past Riot Fest,  and the legacy of punk, bands they enjoy such as Turnstile and Quicksand, and what is so great about Riot Fest as a whole, and more! Continue reading

ALBUM REVIEW: Fake Names – Expendables


Think of high-profile collaborations and what springs to mind? Self-indulgent widdling like the simply dreadful Dylan & The Dead live album, Sting, Bryan Adams, and Rod Stewart‘s unwanted ‘All For Love’ for the movie The Three Musketeers, Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey, Korn, and Skrillex? I’m sure there are many other offenders out there but you get the picture, ideas that may have sounded promising on paper but ultimately should have remained there. 

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Stearica Streaming “Shāh Māt”, Colin Stetson Guests


Italian instrumental rockers Stearica is streaming “Shāh Māt” featuring Colin Stetson (Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, etc.), off of their forthcoming album Fertile, out April 13, 2015 via Monotreme Records below.

The sprawling new single from the long-running Stearica trio, “Shāh Māt,” showcases the beautifully diverse textures of this and the immaculate presentation and production of their impending sophomore album, Fertile. But as a special added feature with this track the band is also proud to share the fruits of their collaborative efforts with acclaimed multi-instrumentalist Colin Stetson, who has also worked with such luminaries as Tom Waits, David Byrne, The Arcade Fire, Lou Reed, The National, TV On The Radio, Bon Iver and others. Providing a mystical brass orchestration of flute, French horns and tenor and bass saxophones on “Shāh Māt,” Stetson is one of several guest appearances on Fertile, as Scott McCloud (Girls Against Boys) provides vocals for “Amreeka,” and Ryan Patterson (Coliseum) provides vocals on “Nur,” these guest inclusions just one example of Stearica’s undoubted exploration into vast new territories with their songwriting and delivery.

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Stearica — comprised of Francesco Carlucci (guitars, bass, synths, electronics), Davide Compagnoni (drums, percussions, samples) and Luca Paiardi (bass) — captured Fertile at Blu Room, Chivasso, Cavoretto Hills, Cavoretto and Wave Life, Torino, the album recorded by Daniele Mattiuzzi and Francesco Carlucci and produced by Carlucci, after which it was mixed by Daniele Mattiuzzi and Carlucci at Wave Life, and mastered by Michael Fossenkemper at Turtle Tone Studios, New York City. Corralling the primordial nature of the trio’s dynamic live performances — at times brutal, chaotic, mysterious, tranquil — Fertile is music born of our time: instinctively revolutionary.

Fertile Track Listing:
1. Delta
2. Halite
3. Bes
4. Geber
5. Nur
6. Tigris
7. Siqlum
8. Amreeka
9. Shāh Māt

Stearica will be performing live throughout the UK in April, with additional tour dates to be announced in the near future.

Stearica Tour Dates:
Apr 25: The Blue Room – Blackpool (UK)
Apr 27: The Hope and Ruin – Brighton (UK)
Apr 28: The Old Blue Last – London (UK)

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