Experimental Alternative Underground
Hard playing, crowd pleasing and fully entertaining, The Fakes offer their own experimental, alternative underground and unorthodox timbre of music.
If experimental, alternative underground and unorthodox is your thing then The Fakes are a band you won't want to miss!
New Studio Material
The Fakes have recently been working hard in the studio. Look out for our newly released Black Apple EP. Recent feedback from our fans suggest this is likely to become a new band anthem and a successful addition to the bands latest live set.
An original band member , Fakes frontman Johnny McGuire provides the band with gritty off the wall lyrics and a powerful vocal style. A showman at heart and with a definite in your face attitude, Johnny always gives it up for the fans.
He loves nothing better than being on stage and working the crowd into an all out fever pitch frenzy.
Slade, David Bowie, S.A.H.B, The Slits, Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, The Sex Pistols, The Rattles, The Ronnettes, and McEwan’s Export ( or a good ale ).
There are only two kinds of music, music you like, and music you don’t.
I like reading, hill walking with friends (and a carry oot), listening to music. I also like Southern Comfort and Mexican food. I dislike fake people.
Jimmy McEgg started playing bass in the late 70's after giving up on the 6 string guitar. He says "my fingers would'nt go where they were meant too go on the chords and I figured that since a bass only has four strings it would be
easier to play".
Jimmy's first bass was a white Fender copy. After a while he moved on to a Shaftesbury Rickenbacker copy as he loved the shape. Up until a few years ago Jimmy's main bass was a 6 string Aria Pro 2 which has now been superceded
by his beloved Rickenbacker.
I had always wanted a real Rickenbacker but at the time, couldn't afford the hefty price tag. After saving hard I finally got my hands on a beautiful cherry red one. I love the Rick more than any girlfriend. It's got a great action
and sounds amazing. It's my baby.
I didn't use pedals in the early days as I always thought they were for hippies. How wrong was I on that one! I love a pedal or 20. You can never really have enough of them is what I say!
As my playing skills improved, I realised that I could create my own unique sound. I wanted a sound with a lot of atmosphere and emotional state, where the sounds cross over from warm, soft and flexible to emphatic in expression
with ferocious untamed power.
My love of music began with the Bay City
Rollers. I grew up in a Bay City Rollers household. My mum used to steal clothes off the Bay City Rollers’ washing line. I became a drum & bass DJ when I was 14 and called myself DJ Sinister.
I play bass and guitar. I’ve played for most Edinburgh bands, with most Edinburgh musicians.
I like smoking, reading, making love and long walks. I like clothes. I hate punk music, punk musicians and punk hairdos.
My influences are Northern Soul, The Rolling Stones, T Rex and Bill Hicks. Chaos is a friend of mine.
I grew up with big band music, Artie Shaw, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and the like along with whatever pop music was on the radio. The Beatles in the 60’s, Slade, T-Rex and Roxy Music in the 70’s and then punk, for the few months
it lasted. Wire, Gang
of Four, Magazine and The Pop Group I follow to this day. The Pop Group changed my life, but that’s another story. Always been around music, usually as the sound engineer or manager or buyer of beer and fags.
I play the drums in The Fakes, self taught. I do what I do, nae fancy stuff. I started drumming late in life, about 12 years ago.
Also plays drums for Fife’s answer to Half Man Half Biscuit, The Tango Rhums. Broadcast Sound Engineer to trade. Favourite colour is green and likes to walk his dog, Fergus the Westie. Rumour has it that Lee is in fact, an MI5 sleeper
- unsubstantiated of course.