Since forming in the autumn of 2017, Portsmouth band Fake Empire have made a significant impact upon the local music scene. Their anthemic, surging and atmospheric post-punk sound, draws on influences from the 80’s and 90’s indie/alternative scene, echoing the likes of Interpol and New Order.
Simon Brookes’ frenzied guitar and euphoric synths, compound Becky Bellinger’s driving rhythms and wrestle against Les Black’s dark and delicious lyrics that dredge-up themes of unrequited love and unhealthy infatuation.
“Fake Empire also have that inspirational gloom and negative drive which Editors/The National have, but singer/guitarist Les Black has an effortless, swooping voice and way of imbuing the songs with drama and emotion that recalls Brett Anderson at his best. The Sadness Will Last Forever is a gigantic song which should be all over 6Music. Definitely, a band to watch out for.” Louder Than War Magazine, 2018.