Fake Guns is the latest project from longtime collaborators Chris Wall Alex Fitts (KickDrums). Their latest release “Yellow” is an impressive supercharged garage fuzz-pop track. With elements of psych rock and 90s alternative rock, “Yellow” features layers of distorted rock guitars blended together with glittery glam melodies and a commanding drum performance. We chatted with Alex about the inception of this project and the influences surrounding it.
Play Too Much: How did this project come about?
Alex: Chris and I have known each other for years. I’ve always been a fan of his drumming. I brought the idea up of us doing a new project that had a more stripped down live sound. We wanted to get away from all the fixing and tuning and nudging and just let the songs and mistakes live. So we went into the studio to lay down some ideas not really knowing where it would go but the music surprisingly took shape right off the bat.
Play Too Much: That’s great, the energy and rawness truly are refreshing. I’m curious, how did the song “Yellow” come about?
Alex: “Yellow” was one of those ideas I was messing around with. It’s the type of song where I don’t even know where it came from. It just existed all of a sudden.
Play Too Much: I suppose that’s the case with all great rock songs [laughs], So what were you listening to at the time when you wrote this?
Alex: I listen to a lot of Spotify mixes with all types of stuff. Mostly 60’s-90’s songs. I don’t listen to much new music. Mainly because I want all my ideas to be outside of the box and different from what anyone else is doing. So I tend to keep my head in the sand.
Play Too Much: I definitely think you accomplished that blend of 60’s – 90’s guitar styling in this latest release. The recording as a whole sounds great, is it all live instruments? Who mixed it?
Alex: Thanks- Yeah it’s all live instruments, drums, guitars, and keys. I mixed and recorded everything but we hired Dan Gluszak to engineer the drums. He our go to guy for that.
Play Too Much: With all the different projects that you are a part of, do you have to make a conscious stylistic effort to keep a harmonious sound or do you find that it comes naturally?
Alex: It comes naturally for sure. I think you can always tell if I worked on something, which, could either be good or bad I guess [laughs].