Born in a cool basement during the hot summer months of 2014, Faux Fiction is an alternative/powerpop band based in Milwaukee, WI. The band consists of guitarist/vocalist Gabby Kartz, bassist/vocalist Peter Hair, and drummer Paul Tyree. The three-piece outfit is heavily influenced by 90s alternative, grunge, and garage rock, which they blend with pop sensibilities to form their own brand of "pop fuzz".
Since the release of their self-recorded, self-titled EP in the summer of 2015, the group has been added to the bills of several large Milwaukee-area festivals, including Riverwest FemFest, Arte Para Todos, Pridefest, MKE Punk Fest, and Summerfest. Several Faux Fiction tracks have been added to the playlists of a number of radio stations and music-centric podcasts, such as 91.7 WMSE, 105.7 WAPL, The Great Unknown Radio, and many more. In addition, the band has opened for national touring acts such as Summer Cannibals (Kill Rock Stars), And The Kids (Signature Sounds Recordings), Dressy Bessy (Yep Roc Records), and Dinosaur Pile-Up (SO Recordings).
Faux Fiction released their first full-length album, Staring at the Sun, in June of 2016. The album has been described as "full of energy and fun" (Breaking and Entering), "bursting with color, wonderful dynamic[s]" (Ertrok Radio Hour), and "one of the best local albums" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel).
The band's most recent work, Dark Matter EP (released January 2018), has been hailed by the Journal Sentinel as "brighter and dirtier" with "great grunge arrangements", and affirmed to be a "20-minute powder keg" by Milwaukee Record.