From time to time, one of our contributors will recommend an artist/band they think deserves  your attention. No record labels, PR companies, bands or band’s management will ever have made these recommendations. It is simply one music fan putting their taste on the line in the hope of sharing good music. The questions are intended to give just a basic introduction to possibly your new favourite artist/band.

So without further ado, let’s crack on with another introduction, in which Silent Radio’s Lucy Brown recommends False Advertising for your audible delectation.


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    Who are ya?

We are false advertising, Chris, Josh and Jen

  • Where are you from?

CHRIS: Me and Josh are from the wonderful, suburban town of Poynton in Cheshire. Which is why we say we’re from Manchester.

JEN: And I’m originally from Didcot, a town near Oxford, but I’ve lived in Manchester for about seven years.

  • How long have you been doing what you’re doing now?

CHRIS: Drinking Sake – not that long! In this form, it’s been just under a year with all three of us, but we started writing 18 months ago.

JOSH: We played before a while back but in a different set-up to what we have now.

  • Is being a musician your full time job?

JOSH: That is the eventual aim, but unfortunately I guess it’s not as easy as it used to be.

JEN: Luckily, I’m a graphic designer and get to work on projects for bands sometimes – so I’m relatively immersed in the industry for different reasons.

CHRIS: All my spare time since I was about 10 years old has been spent, practising, writing, gigging, studying, promoting, engineering, producing music. It’s already a way of life, I just don’t get paid

  • Are there any obvious influences in your music?

CHRIS: (laughs) probably. The guitar tone’s comparable to early Smashing Pumpkins. But everything else is pretty much a sum of a lot of different influences.

JOSH: In Wasted Away, there’s a bit of early Foo Fighters.

CHRIS: Yeah I’d say that some of Jen’s melodic tendencies are slightly Dave Grohl-ian.

  • Are there any not so obvious influences in your music?

CHRIS: Loads, collectively our favourite bands are Brand New, Radiohead, Reuben.

JEN: Although Reuben might be considered an obvious influence if you know them!

  • Any musical Guilty Pleasures? Come on you can share, we’re all friends here!

JEN: I would probably say Taylor Swift because her newest album’s amazing.

JOSH: I might say Fall Out Boy or Alien Ant Farm in that case!

CHRIS Right now I don’t think I have any guilty pleasures, but I’m loving that Babylon Zoo song Space Man. But regardless of genre a tune is still a tune. I admire Artistry; I can’t knock Lady GaGa for example.

JEN: Well a good pop song is a good pop song – I listened to Genie In A Bottle by Christina Aguilera today and enjoyed it.

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    Apart from yourself of course, what other band/artist would you recommend our readers check out?

CHRIS: Speedy Ortiz

JOSH: Hyena Kill, Bad Grammar

CHRIS: We ourselves started as a two piece then decided we needed a bass player, but both of those bands have a really raw, rhythmic energy – like controlled noise though, excellent musicians.

JEN: Organised chaos!

  • Tell us about the defining moment when you thought ‘Fuck, yes I want to be a musician!’

JOSH: I remember being in the car with my dad on the way to Wales, him putting his tapes on really loud and he had this Iron Maiden tune – the first time I really thought to a song ‘oo what’s this?’

JEN: I don’t remember not wanting to be a musician.

CHRIS: Same, because your dad’s a musician too right?

JEN: Music was just always there growing up – I don’t remember not playing an instrument, my dad built his own recording studio in the garage and collects guitars, it was never not going to happen.

CHRIS: Like you I don’t really remember not playing music, my family were involved in the church and my dad was always playing guitar. But what really hooked me was watching Top of the Pops and seeing someone playing electric guitar, I’ve heard a lot of people say this but that just grabbed my imagination, the look of it.

  • Does/will what goes on, on tour, stay on tour?

CHRIS: We would not know

JOSH: I’d like to say no.

JEN: I don’t think we’re planning to be too ridiculous

CHRIS: That’s so un-rock-and-roll Jen, we’re going to be crazy.

JEN: It’s going to be a lot of hard work.

JOSH: Hot chocolate, a good book, a shower and in bed by 10!

  • What’s your most favourite gig (as a gig goer)?

JEN: Radiohead at V festival in about 2006, it was before In Rainbows. It was just one of the best things I’ve ever seen, there were just moments of complete magic.

CHRIS: Mine was Brand New in the Radio 1 tent, Leeds Festival 2007. The Devil and God… had just come out and I didn’t like it yet, but there was such a huge buzz about the place when the band walked out. The hairs stood up on the back of my neck and they didn’t go down until the gig finished.

JOSH: It’s probably my mate’s band when I was in scouts, I can’t remember what they’re called – like Space Armstrong or something? Being about 12 we all going absolutely nuts at them playing Blink 182 covers and stuff – it was just amazing, I knew this was what I wanted to do.

  • Who, in your wildest dreams would you like to collaborate with/be produced by?

JOSH: I’d like to meet Rick Rubin.

JEN: Butch Vig

CHRIS: What about Rick Rubin, Butch Vig, Josh Homme and Rancho De La Luna for a month with as much tequila as you can drink.

JO: Billy Corgan can come around for one day a week, get into an argument with the others, then leave.

Jen: Not sure it would be a very good album, but it’s a nice idea isn’t it.

  • Best place for people to find out what you are up to?

JEN: You should go to our website –

Anything to declare?

CHRIS: We’ve got an album coming out this year which we’re finishing mid-April.

JEN: We’re also playing our debut show with Turrentine Jones on April 3rd which you should all come to, get down early as we’re on first!