If you want upbeat, catchy punk that packs a punch, look no further than “Brain Chemistry, the new single from Faux Replika’s new album, Presenting!, out this February on Rad Girlfriend Records.
“Chris and I met when I was 19, probably the first time Doc Hopper played Hampshire College, where I did my undergrad,” says Roxy Epoxy. “I loved and still love Doc Hopper. We would see each other a lot at Doc Hopper shows through a mutual friend that Chris knew while he was a teenager in Maine.
“We didn’t see each other for years during the 2000s, but he came through Portland playing drums for Drag the River. He happened to go into the right bar and ask the right bartender, the guitarist for the Epoxies, if he knew me and how to get in touch with me. We kept in touch and tossed around the idea of writing together.
“Chris had never collaborated with anyone before, but it came really easily. We didn’t have anything in particular in mind; we just let it happen. Wolves Wear Ballgowns and Be Sweet were mostly written long distance. When I moved back east, I was able to drive down to Volume IV and actually get things going.
“Recording happened during my breaks from grad school, so it was a slow moving process. The result feels like an equal mix of our two styles that turns it all into something completely different. Chris and I wrote and play everything on the record, but I could only get him to sing on one song.”