What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? FALSE ALARM 7” split single featuring Cheetah Chrome

I’m a big fan of Jeff Dahl, The Angry Samoans, Powertrip and a few other early 80’s So Cal HC bands. I only ever listen to punk bands that have integrity or roots – or both. LA’s False Alarm qualify on both counts, and one listen to this split 7” attests in uncertain terms that they are the real deal. False Alarm existed for a short couple of years back in 82/83, then regrouped again some 15 years later. Fat Mike (later of NOFX) was in an early incarnation of the band. Enough history. This split 7” (with another LA band Youth Gone Mad) was released a couple of years ago on the bands own label and it’s well worth the effort to track down a copy. False Alarm offer up ‘Tell Me Who I Am’, a brooding yet melodic tune that is archetypal punk rock and reminded me a lot of Peter Laughner and Cheetah Chrome’s classic ‘Ain’t It Fun’. The fact that Cheetah plays lead guitar on this tune is really the icing on the cake. Cheetah’s playing and his tone in particular is so solid and distinctive. This song wouldn’t have sounded out of place on the Dead Boys ‘We Have Come For Your Children’ LP and is as good as anything you’ll hear nowadays that falls under the ‘punk’ banner. There’s a raw, unpolished quality here that makes this tune an out and out old school punk rock classic. Raspy and real vocals too. Cheetah thinks a lot of these guys too, and as well as playing on one of their previous CDs has stated, “I really think they are a great band in the Social Distortion vein, with intelligent lyrics written by guys who have lived the hell they sing about. They have more heart and talent than anybody I’ve heard in a long, long, time.” The flip side features a tune by LA’s Youth Gone Mad called ‘Frogman From Mars’ which, whilst not as immediate as the False Alarm tune, is not that dissimilar. The guitars are distorted nicely and tuned down and set to an almost swing beat. With it’s humorous lyrical content it kicks major ass. You could do a hell of a lot worse than hipping yourself to False Alarm. Check out the bands MySpace page here or email Brent here and he’ll tell you where you can buy the record or the bands other stuff. 10 out of 10. Buy some REAL punk rock kids.

One thought on “What’s The Rockbrat Listening To Today ? FALSE ALARM 7” split single featuring Cheetah Chrome

  1. ↰ alt.music.nofx
    punk rock Dennys in Hollywood
    5/10/00CreepsAreEvrywr
    amazing story, i was at Dennys restaurant on Sunset Blvd. on my vaction.as i
    walk in i see Dee Dee Ramone from the Ramones with some other punk rock looking
    guy so i talked to them and they invited me to sit for lunch it turns out the
    other guy was this guy Brent who was in False Alarm Fat Mikes old band. so i
    sat with them for about 30 minutes while they had coffee. Brent told me he was
    righting a book of interviews and gave me a transcript of some of it to read it
    had a few stories about fat mike in there about how they went to Beverly Hills
    highschool together when false alarm started. Brent said that mike was a
    horrible drug addict, that he punched him one time at the Dennys for being to
    drunk .then Dee Dee Ramone showed me a butterfly knife with a ruby on it and
    said he almost had to stab someone with it once. it was the trippiest thing
    there was also an interview with some guy el duce from the mentors who said he
    was paid to kill Kurt Cuban they were both totally cool and they told me stay
    clean from drugs even pot then Dee Dee said his wife was upset and he had to go
    and Brent said he had to go to an AA meeting that was it but what a trip

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