With Fake Problem’s newest album, Real Ghosts Caught On Tape, Farren and co. have expanded their sound even further. Take their new single, “Songs For Teenagers”, for example. Initial listens invite comparisons to such indie darlings like Vampire Weekend, with the Graceland-esque playfulness of the music, but all while striking a serious lyrical tone. Of course, we’re biased when it comes to Fake Problems, because we love everything they do. If you don’t want to take our word for it, then perhaps you’d be more inclined to agree with the fine folks at MTV Networks, who chose the band to be a featured artist in their PUSH initiative in January 2012. Along with premiering the video on MTV.com, PUSH (Play Until Someone Hears) also consists of a cross platform promotion that includes broadcast, online, licensing and more to achieve maximum impact amongst their viewers for the selected group. Or check out The Gaslight Anthem’s cover of “Songs For Teenagers” for more assurance that this band is appreciated by people with good taste everywhere.
The new video for “Songs For Teenagers” plays like an advertisement for the upcoming summer. Leisurely strolls on the beach and sailing the calm Florida waters set the mood, and the musical aesthetic creates the perfect compliment. But like the empty stares and expressions on the band members faces as they go about their day, there is another, deeper level that subtly disrupts the mood. Lyrically speaking, “Songs For Teenagers” digs into the darker side of addiction and shows how a dependency on drugs can be both unfulfilling and detrimental to one’s well-being. We’re not sure of his exact inspiration for this particular song, but we commend Farren for his willingness to broach the subject, and think that teenagers everywhere would be wise to heed the no-frills message of this song.
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