Fake Heroes formed in February 2012 by the ideas of the guitarist and composer Gianni ‘Draft Djentleman‘ Vespasiani. The initial genre of the band was mainly heavy rock / nu metal, inspired by contemporary American bands. In April 2012 they released the EP “Beyond This Glass” and after that they started to play live and to participate to local and national festivals. The band is currently promoting their new release “Clouds”.
Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up?
The initial idea of the band all started back in the late spring of 2011 when Erik parted ways with the tech-death band Sectu (after being a live-session musician) and pretty much figured that it was time to start a new band.
Almost a year earlier Erik, Johannes and Markus had tried to jam out to some material that Erik had written – but due to different reasons (one being the fact that it was hard to find personel for the band…) the project pretty much fell into hiatus. But when Erik found himself without a band he felt that it was time, contacted Markus and Johannes and presented the idea.
Erik had also found a potential drummer for the project in Björn Edlund (RainXeed), who planned on moving to Stockholm from Luleå during the fall.
When autumn came Björn, sadly did not move to Stockholm – and we found ourselves without a drummer again. About this time we started to look at different websites and adds, without any success – since the drummers we found mostly wanted to play pretty straight-forward heavy metal rather than prog. But one day – when Markus and Erik had gone back to the Royal College of Music in Stockholm to study for the semester – Kalle appeared.
When we started to jam together with Kalle the pieces pretty much started to fit right away – we had all the same taste in music and the same view of how to manage a band – but we realized that we needed another guitar player. Enter: Hjalmar! Hjalmar was a friend of Johannes, having gone to the same ”folkhögskola” (RML) – and Hjalmar proved to be a much needed addition to the band!
Once the lineup was complete, no time was spared and the studio was booked just four months after the bands first rehearsal together.
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Graham Bacher of Protean Collective sat for a Q&A for Lady Obscure!
Bio: Matt, Steph, and I all started playing together, living in the same dorms in college. Dan had known Matt for years and played shows with us in other bands, and when we had an opening for a bass player, he was the perfect fit.
Alexey sent me his new song “The Devil in us All” the other day, which features the talented singer Iris Boanta (The Mystery; Souldrinker). Today finally I got around listening to it and fell in love with it there and then! Now here I am trying to get to know the talented musician better!
Come on guys, let’s get some answers!
Lady Obscure: Hi Alexey. Can you give us a little bio?