Other Side Drive - February 1, 2018
Before heading to Valentino’s on the Square in downtown San Marcos, Faux Fiction stopped by KTSW to talk their tour, their new EP and the experience of traveling to places they’ve never been before. They band had just driven in from New Orleans, Louisiana, to come chat with Kimberly and Haley about their trip across America. You can stay up to date with Faux Fiction by keeping up with their Facebook page! (on-air interview)
Breaking and Entering - January 7, 2018
Times are exciting for Faux Fiction, who are beginning 2018 with a new EP and video to go with the release. As a hard hitting trio, the band take a step forward in their songwriting with “Dark Matter”, the band’s follow up to 2016 album “Staring At The Sun”. It feels as though there’s more comfort from the band on the material from this project than there was on the debut album, and you can hear that on elements like frontwoman Gabby Kartz’s delivery on single “Skin”. The Eric Arsnow-directed video replicates the edginess of the track, which on the EP flows well into the title track. It feels as though Faux Fiction is hitting their stride with this release, and it’s making for a promising 2018. Check out both the video for “Skin” as well as the “Dark Matter” EP below...
Radio Milwaukee - January 5, 2018
Born in a cool basement in the hot summer of 2014, Faux Fiction has made their mark in the Milwaukee music scene with two releases in their three and half year existence.
Today, they’ll add another to their collection – an EP titled “Dark Matter.” We were excited to preview some of this material before the official release party tonight at Company Brewing. (video)
Milwaukee Record - January 4, 2018
Milwaukee musicians don’t seem to be wasting any time starting 2018 on a strong note. Adding to the handful of post-New Year releases and album announcements we’ve already seen in this young year is Faux Fiction. The punk-tinged garage rock trio will play the city’s first record release show of the year this weekend in support of their forthcoming EP, Dark Matter. Before the fuse of that five-song, 20-minute powder keg is lit on Saturday night, Faux Fiction is giving listeners a taste of what’s to come with a music video for “Skin,” the lead single on the band’s best release yet.
Directed by Eric Arsnow (Devils Teeth, ex-Tigernite), the video finds Faux Fiction playing their raucous new tune in their natural habitat: an unfinished basement. There, a grinning Gabby Kartz alternates between soft singing and emphatic screams as the rest of the band follows the lead of her guitar parts that invoke ’90s era grunge. Like “Skin” itself, the music video is simple and free of frills, but something you’ll want to return to over and over again.
Culture Addicts - January 3, 2018
Faux Fiction have announced their upcoming EP, ‘Dark Matter,’ which is due out January 5, 2018. To give you a little nibble of the EP, the band have shared the track Skin. Take a listen via Soundcloud below.
Faux Fiction are a female-fronted three-piece band from Milwaukee, WI. They refer to their music as “pop fuzz”…lots of fuzzy guitars, catchy vocal melodies, and pop sensibilities, with heavy influences from 90s alternative, garage rock, and grunge. This EP will be their third release, but the first one they’ll be supporting with a 10-city regional tour, which kicks off on January 11th – see the list of shows below.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - January 1, 2018
It's a nice problem to have, but it's still a problem.
The Milwaukee music scene is so stuffed with talent and quality releases right now that’s it’s virtually impossible to cover everything.
Starting now, we’re trying to rectify that with a new feature — Must-Hear Milwaukee Music — that highlights the strongest albums and songs that have dropped within the past month, or are set to come out in the not-too-distant future.
So here are the best new releases coming out of Milwaukee to check out in January...
...2. “Dark Matter,” Faux Fiction: Everything about Faux Fiction is both brighter and dirtier on this EP. Frontwoman Gabby Kartz pushes her voice to soaring new heights, recalling Paramore's Hayley Williams on "Get It Right," before it curdles into a sinister snarl for "Skin," with great grunge arrangements to match, led by Kartz's own nasty guitar work. "Dark Matter" drops Friday, and the band plays a release show at Company Brewing Saturday.
Breaking and Entering - December 11, 2017
Things are shaping up for a big 2018 in the world of Faux Fiction. The band is gearing up for the release of a new EP, “Dark Matter”, on January 5th, and in advance of that, we get a new single, “Skin”. The track is keeps a steady pace throughout, with an explosive chorus, and an emotional performance from frontwoman Gabriella Kartz. While the band’s initial EP was solid, the new single feels as though Faux Fiction isn’t holding anything back on this next release.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 6, 2017
Gabby Kartz kept going over her set list in her head before her Summerfest performance Thursday afternoon. The nerves were understandable; it was her first time playing the Big Gig. Three local groups, including Kartz' band, played at the festival for the first time Thursday as part of the "Milwaukee Bands to Watch: Summerfest Firsts" showcase. The three acts, hand-picked by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel music writer Piet Levy, performed on the Uline Warehouse stage from 5 to 7 p.m. The event was a joint effort from the newspaper and Summerfest.
Kartz's band Faux Fiction kicked off the event. The power pop/rock group formed in 2014 and released its debut full-length album, "Staring at the Sun," in 2016. The group is composed of lead singer Kartz, bassist Peter Hair and drummer Paul Tyree. Faux Fiction debuted a few new tracks, including "Full Metal Jacket" and "Trainwreck," during their '90s rock-inspired set.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - June 8, 2017
...Gabby Kartz, bassist Peter Hair and drummer Paul Tyree are testing out new material at shows for an expected EP this fall. "'Skin' is my favorite new song," Gabby Kartz said. "Vocally, it's a little edgier, and it's really grungy. You definitely hear the '90s when you hear that song, but it's also modern."
Milwaukee Record - January 23, 2017
...Faux Fiction takes the stage. “It’s time to get back to f*cking rock and roll,” says singer Gabriella Kartz, and they do. They play a new song called “Skin” that instantly becomes our new favorite Faux Fiction song ever.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - July 20, 2016
...And eventually they did form a band together: Faux Fiction, a heart-pumping power-pop group with alternative-rock edges. Led by Gabby Kartz's soaring yet gripping vocals, the group is likely to become a popular draw at local fests and clubs, which a new debut full-length album, "Staring at the Sun," further validates...
Urban Milwaukee - July 8, 2016
You know how the classics never go out of style? I grew up on the west coast, lived in Seattle for a while, played in a punk band (if you can call what I did playing), hung around the grunge scene, wore a lot of flannel and listened to every kind of music I could get my hands on. The gut-felt sound of Faux Fiction has the ability to take me back to those days while listening to a band that could not be more “now”.
Based in Milwaukee, the band is fronted by a woman whose voice could be described as authentic. Gabriella Kartz‘s vocals are deep, edgy, both real and surreal. The songs speak to things that are universal — love and loneliness, angst, melancholy, beginnings and endings. And the tight arrangements suggest a band that, though only together for two years, is already polished and professional.
I’m hearing elements of the evolutionary developments that have shaped pop music for the last couple of decades, but it’s not just more of the same. These are young people who have something to say that is timely, while drawing heavily on the basic rock sounds that most of the sub-genres of the last 20 years have been based on, and have found a way to make those sounds their own.
Milwaukee Record - July 1, 2016
Bow before Faux Fiction’s guitars, some of the fuzziest, crunchiest, and catchiest this side of 1996. The fact that frontwoman Gabby Kartz and husband Jason decided to bury their acoustic roots and go electric only a few years ago makes that sound even more impressive. Yes, the ’90s are alive on Faux Fiction’s debut full-length Staring At The Sun, a record that plays like a long-lost comp from the Alternative Nation and 120 Minutes era. Songs like “Between Heartbeats” and “Flows To Nowhwere” are grungy and harmony-flecked triumphs that would have brought Matt Pinfield to tears. “Dig It Deeper” and the lovely “Wasted Time” are flannel-clad ballads just looking to score crucial scenes in flannel-clad movies, and “Racing The Red Lights” and “Ghosts” add a bit of glam-rock strut to the proceedings. On a local level, Faux Fiction has plenty of Tigernite and Body Futures coursing through its veins, but its fun, effortless, and affectionate vibe is all its own.
Ertrok Radio Hour - June 17, 2016
Staring at the Sun is Faux Fiction’s bombastic debut album. It is bursting with color, wonderful dynamic and features a group of talented individuals who fit perfectly together as a band. You can tell lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist, Gabriella Kartz, once rooted herself as a singer-songwriter through her creative ability to craft lyrics and her commandingly powerful sense of melody.
Lead guitarist, Jason Kartz, brings a fantastic knowledge of tone and sound development to the band and I have a high admiration for his use of melody when writing leads. Jason has little guitar flourishes throughout all of the songs that really help add some nice stereo asides to the pummeling rhythm he and Gabriella otherwise collaborate on.
Staring at the Sun is another huge accomplishment for Faux Fiction’s rhythm section made up of Peter Hair (bass) and Paul Tyree (Drums). Peter has strengthened his bass on this debut by weaving in some nicely executed parts as well as rhythmically complimenting Paul Tyree’s epic command on drums. There are very few drummers in Milwaukee setting such a tight foundation.
Breaking and Entering - June 17, 2016
One of the names that has already been making a big splash in Milwaukee this year is Faux Fiction, and that’s only about to increase with the release of their first full-length album, “Staring At The Sun”. Recorded at Howl Street Recordings, the album is full of the energy and fun that Faux Fiction bring to their live show...Similarities range from indie groups like The Breeders to punk mainstays like The Distillers from track to track. All of it, however, is great quality, and an awesome album from front to back.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - June 9, 2016
Gabby Kartz's voice is nothing short of glorious, particularly when she triumphantly wails about embracing a fulfilling life on album closer "Good Things." Her presence alone makes Faux Fiction, delivering its full-length debut with "Sun," one local band to watch closely. Add the cinematic shoegaze drive led by guitarist Jason Kartz, and you have one of the best local albums so far this year.
Pop Occulture - June 2, 2016
Faux Fiction is a band from Milwaukee with a crunchy, melodic sound that will keep you humming along for days. Now I've already had a sneak peek at their upcoming album, and I have to say that it's one of catchiest and tightly wound albums I've heard in years.
Breaking and Entering - April 12, 2016
Faux Fiction is a name to remember, with an indie/alternative sound that draws you in from the first notes. With a multitude of influences, the band provides a blend of powerpop that will leave you wanting more.
Interview with Muse MKE - April 1, 2016
The members of Faux Fiction have taken a very humble approach to their music career, and radiate gratitude to the opportunities they are bestowed upon (which is a rare thing to see in music). The Alternative/Post-punk band pushes and grabs for your attention with their raw first work, "Faux Fiction EP" which you can listen to below. The second track on the EP, "Between Heartbeats" projects a heartsick protagonist, warning of the woes of love and begging for understanding. (Click here for the full interview.)
Omega Vinyl - July 20, 2015
...They describe themselves as “90’s alternative inspired,” and I would have to agree. They offer a wide array of music that caters mainly to Indie Alternative listeners. Gabby’s lyrics and song titles are lined with pain and suffering; songs such as “Bleach & Razor Blades” or “Deadweight.” When I listen to their single “Deadweight, ” I think of the Smashing Pumpkins. It’s not Gabby’s voice, but rather the way the music is crafted with themes of despair and wandering...
Shepherd Express - January 9, 2015