The Faux Paus emerge from ‘Basement’Written by Jeff McGinnis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s an exciting time for Toledo folk-rock band The Faux Paus. Not only have the three members been touring extensively outside their home area, they have a new EP, “Basement,” comprised of high-quality recordings of three original songs.
The group recorded the tracks —“A Village,” “Camper” and “Dustin Hoffman” — with a producer in Detroit during the past few months, and now the CD will be available for purchase at Allied Record Exchange.
“Those three songs are done and mixed and mastered, and we’re getting professional CD packaging and stuff like that, and really going all out for this,” said Hannah Fritch, vocalist, guitar player and keyboardist.
In addition, “Basement” will be available on iTunes, marking the first time the group’s music can be downloaded there.
To celebrate, The Faux Paus will perform at a CD release party Nov. 25 at The Ottawa Tavern, sharing the bill with fellow local favorites the Dirty Damn Band and Lightning Love.
“We’re really excited, because Adam Sattler from the OT has been trying to get these three bands together for a long time,” Fritch said. “And we finally are playing together.”
Vocalist/guitar player Amanda Thompson added, “This is the first show where all three bands are female-led bands that we’ve played at. So, it’s kinda cool, and these are two bands that we’ve seen, we’ve heard a lot about, but we’ve never played a show with either of them.”
The show will be the latest in a string of performances for the Paus, who have also been touring extensively the past few months.
“We’ve gone out for three-to-five day runs. We just were in Youngstown a couple weeks ago, a couple weeks before that we were playing festivals in D.C. and Atlantic City and Philadelphia. We’ve been keeping busy on the road,” Thompson said.
But for now, the EP is the band’s primary focus. Fritch said it’s interesting how, as a band like theirs evolves, recording music becomes as much a snapshot of who the group used to be as who it is now.
“I think those three songs really do get across a big part of what our sound is, or who we are as songwriters. But at the same time, it’s kinda funny because it was several months ago that we recorded it, and even longer before that that we even wrote these songs and kinda perfected them.
“And so now that it’s time to release those three songs, I feel like we’ve evolved slightly more and we’ve taken a kind of darker sound that isn’t really so much reflected in that EP,” Fritch said.
“I take that as a good sign that we’re still growing,” Thompson added.
Thompson said producing something that looks and feels professional is an effort to give back to the people who have supported the group as it’s grown.
“Just to give our fans something that looks nice,” she said. “Pretty much anyone who comes to our shows, it’s like they only have heard us live, for the most part.
“We don’t have a lot of recordings — we have some old recordings that we did a year ago. But for the most part, a lot of the people who come out to see us have only seen us live, they don’t have any recordings. So it’s just gonna be nice to give them something that looks nice, it sounds good and is kinda reflective of how we want to treat our fans,” Thompson said.
The band said the album is being sold at Allied on a “pay what you want” basis.
“You know, give us $1, give us $2, give us $5. Because we want people to have this. We do have to make our money back. But at the same time, if we only can make a buck on you, that’s cool,” Fritch said.
The band will continue to work primarily on recording in the months to come.
“We’re setting up a lot of the recording stuff in our apartment and trying to really perfect that, just to have more, because we really have come a long way,” Fritch said. “So we’re gonna be focusing on recording for a little while; I think that’s the most important thing.”