Faux Jean are a power pop
band from Minneapolis
, part of that city's power pop revival
, Kiss Life on the Lips
, is a glorious mish-mash of glistening glucose grooves, with heavy '60s AM radio
Founded by Matty Schindler
is "Faux Jean"- more on that later
) in the late '90s, Faux Jean falls somewhere between Sloan
, for those indie rock
ers scoring at home
. The band leans heavily on telecaster rhythm guitar
and Hammond Organ
, with well-placed male/female harmonies.
Featured in the magazine Pop Culture Press
, Faux Jean
toured extensively, earning a fan base in cities across the Midwest
and East Coast
with tight, choreographed sets in matching denim
For some reason, every member has taken a Jean-themed psuedonym, something stupid enough to sink any band that didn't have such immediately catchy songs.
The members are: Matty Schindler
(Faux Jean), guitar and vox; Nicole Kalodrich
(Jean Angel), vox and percussion; Matt Millet
(Faux Wayne), bass; Dax Eckel
(Faux D'ax), keys; Gene Wire
(no real name listed), guitars; Shawn Grider
Their debut LP, Kiss Life on the Lips, has been reissued with more songs, but most of them are inessential. The track listing for their debut is:
2. Kiss Life on the Lips (K's Trip)
4. Flight of the Bumblebee
5. Tuesday Scene
6. Chartreuse Skirt
8. Mrs. Jean
9. The last of the Last of the Super-Secret Stash
The strongest tracks on the album are: "Hey!" a rollicking blast of relationship pop; "Chartreuse Skirt," a smirking garage-rock burner; and the title track. The only weak song is "Nature," which relies too much on crappy astrology lyrics. All songs were written by Schindler.
This album will be a lost nugget
20 years in the future, so track it down now while it's still relatively easy.
(And for reference, I have nothing to do with this band besides enjoying their music).