Featuring members of Atreyu, Scars of Tomorrow and Nation’s Afire, the band fuses their hardcore DNA with anthemic rock on their first release in four years.
Southern California scene stalwarts Fake Figures have been lying in weight since the release of their 2019 EP, We Are The Dead. Comprised of a cast of contributors with lengthy resumes in the metal and hardcore space, the band is anchored by Atreyu guitarist Travis Miguel, vocalist Steve Ludwig from Nation’s Afire, bassist Bob Bradley and guitarist Geoff Harman of Scars of Tomorrow and drummer Matt Horwitz of Adamantium.
Over the course of the last year, the configuration of the band shifted, with Ludwig emerging from his post as the band’s drummer and taking on the vocal lead. The changing dynamic and renewed laser-focus of the band has since resulted in a deluge of creativity poured into their next chapter with the announcement of their From WIthin EP.
Enlisting the added personal of producer Kris Comeaux (Assuming We Survive) and the mastering of Mike Kalajian (Periphery, Senses Fail), the latest five-track presentation corrals the band’s metallic hardcore pedigree with refined rock heavy sensibilities to showcase a unit working creative unison.
Guitarist Travis Miguel offers a simple assessment of the direction Fake Figures is charging towards. “Whenever people ask me what FF sounds like, I tell them, “Think of a bunch of old HC dudes who worship at the alter of Alice In Chains and Queens of the Stone Age”.
Previewing the latest iteration, Fake Figures have shared the first sample of From Within in the anthemic, “Miasmatic”. Freshly christened vocalist Steve Ludwig weighed in on symbolism loaded in the single.
“In this world, we have two choices; Stand up and rise above, or breathe the noxious gas that is being stuffed down our throats every day. From big corporate media to negative social media outlets, there are simply too many negatives and not enough positives for me today. For me, the song represents a relationship I’ve had with music all my life. I’ve usually been in a position where people heavily produce what I’ve written from home and from the heart. Where people have always told me how to write, and how to sing, and ultimately curbed my creativity.”
Ludwig acknowledged the period transition for band marked by the arrival of te new single, “I sincerely hope to do the old songs justice, but I hope you dig the new jams. I think of these songs as my therapy, and I hope the listener can relate to what I’m putting out there into the world. Thanks for checking it out.”
Stream the premiere of “Miasmatic” from Fake Figures below.
From Within lands September 29th. Pre-order the release via the Fake Figures Bandcamp – HERE