Happy Saturday everyone! We’ve made it to the weekend and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited. I have no plans this weekend other than to catch up on reviews and check out some new music so let’s not waste any time. Kicking off my weekend of marathon reviewing is Fake News Society’s new EP ‘Check The Source’.
“Burn The Zoo” kicks off with a heavy drumbeat and infectious bassline. It wastes no time leading this track into a quick and punchy punk vibe that I’m sure will reign supreme throughout this quick six-song release. The vocals are much clearer than one would expect with such punchy instrumentation but this distinct blend really sets Fake News Society apart from other bands. It may not be a blend for you and, honestly, I’m not sure if it’s the blend for me. It almost felt like the vocals were too loud for the instrumentation and really, I wanted more of the punchy beat than the vocals. That being said, there’s something about this opening track that drew me in and wouldn’t let me turn off the EP.
The tracks on this EP are short but “Progress” is the shortest at just one minute and forty seconds long. Again, the track starts off with super punchy instrumentation before the vocals come in and take over. Honestly, if you can get past the way the vocals are so much louder than everything else, this is a great track and has an almost The Offspring vibe mixed with Bad Religion. That Bad Religion vibe really comes through strong as “Riot” brings the political aspect of this EP to the foreground and I honestly loved it. This track was an instant favorite of mine. Beyond the political sentiment of the track, I feel like the vocals felt a bit more leveled with the rest of this track.
“Wake Me Up” still has the punk edge of the previous tracks but the edge softens just a wee bit making this feel more like an anthemic pop-punk track. There’s a driving force in this track that made it fly by much quicker than I would have liked and it seemed like it was being replaced by “Perfect” in mere seconds but the intro of “Perfect” made up for that slight feeling of disappointment. “Perfect” starts with a powerful guitar part before falling into a classic pop-punk sound for this track. Much like “Riot”, I feel like the sou on this track is much better than some of the previous tracks which made it stand out to me in all of the right ways.
“Nothing To Hate” closes out this album on a more sensitive note than felt throughout the rest of the album which is a perfect way to end this quick and punchy EP. Although the last track, it was another one that stood out to me as showing a new side of Fake News Society.
I won’t sugarcoat it– the levels throughout this EP felt a little “off” to me but the idea is there and so is the talent. I decided to look up some more information on Fake News Society and was a bit surprised to find out that it’s actually a one-man-band. Honestly, that makes the recording make sense and gave me a whole new appreciation for this “band”. I won’t give him a pass but I will say that I was thoroughly impressed after reading that this entire EP was done by one person.
My Favorite Track(s): “Riot”
For Fans Of: Political Punk Music; One-Man Bands
Mosh-ability: 6 out of 10
What My Cats Thought Of It: Artie laid on the back of the couch; Autumn tried to chase a bird through the front window
How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 5 out of 10
My Overall Rating: 4.2 out of 10
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