In the spring of 2018, Franco-American brothers Elliott and Virgile Arndt invoked the union of their inner gene genies and gave birth to Faux Real. As they conceived it, Faux Realism combines elements of post-punk, glam rock, and contemporary R&B with a unique sense of humor, boy band tropes, and a forward-thinking approach to modern pop culture.
Far before releasing any music, Faux Real began performing live, wooing half-confused, half-amused crowds one unconventional venue at a time. Building on a lifetime of inside jokes and shared mp3 libraries, the Arndt brothers created a signature show that simultaneously fetishizes, destroys, and re-invents their kinship through compelling choreography, playfully exploring the boundaries of duality, ridicule, and sexuality.
Faux Real quickly earned a reputation for their wild and unhinged avant-garde anti-rock performances, rewriting the rulebook as they went along, performing anywhere the city allows, from sweaty nightclubs and house parties to street corners and illegal raves, sometimes even hijacking existing concert bills with impromptu slots. Circumstances dictated strict minimalism and so Faux Real embraced it, opting for a hyper-simple backing track set-up more akin to the staging of a hip-hop event than a trad rock ‘n’ roll show. Indeed, Faux Real’s trademark Augmented Karaoke™ sees Elliott and Virgile mixing absurdist Frenglish poetry and Stooge-esque self-flagellation with ersatz athletics and improvised quasi-ballet.
Without a single confirmed show on the horizon, and their music yet to be released, Faux Real embarked on a month-long US tour in early 2019, armed with nothing but high hopes, low expectations, and their enigmatic briefcase, Ferguson Videostar. Remarkably, a flurry of poorly planned but extremely infectious iterations of Faux Realism ensued. Thirty shows later, a fervent Faux Real fan base was born.
Those devoted followers acted as the main source of promotion for Faux Real’s day-of/last-minute show announcements. With a cultivated sense of mystery surrounding around their music, the word-of-mouth system led to increasingly more anticipated gatherings, leaving inquisitive attendees no other option but to simply trust their curiosity and revel in the performance.
Faux Real’s revolutionary approach to the project firmly places them in traditions inherited from the underground, subverting time-tested formulas to suit their needs as modern artists. In character both on and off-stage, their rigorously matching attire is but one of many facets that makes them true Method Musicians™. For Elliott and Virgile Arndt, embodying Faux Realism is an obsessive pursuit.
FAUX REAL UNVEIL DEBUT EP
SUBVERSIVE FRANCO-AMERICAN AVANT-POP DUO TO RELEASE DEBUT EP
CO-PRODUCED BY JAY WATSON (TAME IMPALA, POND, GUM)
FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, “BOSS SWEET,” STREAMING NOW
US LIVE DATES SET FOR MARCH
APPEARING AT SXSW
SELF-TITLED EP ARRIVES EVERYWHERE ON APRIL 3
Franco-American avant-pop duo Faux Real has announced the release of their debut EP, arriving everywhere on April 3. Co-produced by Faux Real with Jay Watson (Tame Impala, Pond, GUM), the self-titled EP is heralded by today’s premiere of the new single, “Boss Sweet,” available now at all DSPs and streaming services; the track is accompanied by an equally compelling companion video, streaming now at the official Faux Real YouTube channel.
STREAM/DOWNLOAD “Boss Sweet”
WATCH “Boss Sweet”
In addition, the EP includes the acclaimed single, “Second Sweat,” joined by its own creatively choreographed companion video, directed by Faux Real and streaming now via YouTube. “Second Sweat” is “a self-directed ode to the supposed ‘joys’ of social anxiety and panic attacks,” wrote NYC’s Alt Citizen, “but it’s dressed up in white fringe and with an incomparably catching dance/synth hook.” “There’s a new band on the block,” declared France’s Crash, “and they might just be what you’ve been looking for if you’re in need of some avant-garde pop sprinkled with cosmic synths…Faux Real obviously already have a strong sense of their musical and aesthetic identity and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for this unsettling duo.”
WATCH “Second Sweat”
Faux Real recently appeared on the French public broadcast service, France 24, to present an exclusive “Second Sweat” dance tutorial, streaming now via YouTube.
Faux Real will introduce US audiences to their innovative music and insurgent stage show with a series of upcoming live performances. The dates – which follows a recently wrapped North American tour supporting Metronomy – begin March 23 at Hot Springs, AR’s Valley of the Vapors festival and include a breakthrough triple bill at Philadelphia, PA’s Boot & Saddle alongside Shopping and Automatic, set for March 27, as well as a much anticipated headline performance at Brooklyn, NY’s Zone One on March 31. Additional dates – including a jam-packed SXSW schedule – will be announced soon.
US TOUR 2020
18 – 22 – Austin, TX – SXSW
23 – Hot Spring, AR – Valley of the Vapors *
27 – Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle (with Shopping + Automatic)
31 – Brooklyn, NY – Zone One
* FESTIVAL APPEARANCE
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