“Adam’s Song” opens the record, and it’s clear right away that Fake Problems has evolved quite a bit since Bodies dropped last year. The band is coming into its own, resembling Southern rock more than it does Against Me!-style folk punk, thanks in big part to the noodly guitar that slips and slides throughout and a sweet rock out near the end. Damn, this one is going to be fun to hear live.
Track two, “Mutt,” keeps the Southern rock vibe going, right down to the lyrics about frontman Chris Farren’s attempts to “Rambo” a bonny lass before her boyfriend figures it out. “Yeah we spent some time hanging out in the backseat” Farren reminisces before revealing “You kept on calling and calling me/And I kept on and kept on not answering.” Yeah, it’s kind of sleazy, but so is Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “What’s Your Name.” At least it’s a fun tune.
“Wendy Clear” sounds closer to Fake Problems’ older material, with less noodling and more of the guitar/ukulele style found on Bodies. Also, it’s not gross and adulterous like “Mutt.” Instead, listeners get a romper stomper with a tasty finger tapping bit in the middle.
Thankfully, Viking Wizard Eyes, Wizard Full of Lies is easier to sing along to than it is to pronounce. While not as crunchy or catchy as How Far Our Bodies Go, it should prove to be an excellent placeholder until LP #2 drops like 10 minutes from now.