We first brought False Report to our readers early last year, and their Collapse EP, in all it’s indie-pop punk glory, is still an office favorite. We also don’t usually repeat an artist so soon, but what a difference a year makes! In the ensuing mess that consumed 2017, the four young men that comprise Colorado-based False Report have come out better than ever, shaping and redefining their musical parameters on their newest offering Your Addiction Sleeps Tonight.
The album is kicked off proper from the get-go. Submerged is a strong, commanding lead-off; gritty boyish ache personified with guitars and a pummeling and groove-laden rhythm section that gives space and opportunity for frontman Alan Andrews dashboard confessionals; he sings and screams convincingly right through you, his truths and misdeeds laid bare for the world to pick over.
The record thunders on, with album midpoints Thrown Away and Balcony right in step lyrically and musically. But by track 4, the fantastic Clear My Name, something snaps into place and becomes crystal clear; False Report are embracing the Pop in Pop-Punk more than before; the guitars are still as sharp and biting as ever, the rhythm section still bludgeons, but the songwriting and crafting of the band as a whole has taken an adventurous and well thought out turn upwards to indie-pop heaven. By the album’s high gear closer, Lost Again, the transformation and subtle differences in sound make total sense, the band rebirthed aglow in a not drastically different, but nevertheless excitingly new sound that I sincerely hope continues to push forward with.
False Report releases YAST with a few shows around Colorado. Dates and info @ facebook.com/falsereportband