Artwork by @mystupidsketchbook
WHO are they?
False Advertising are a trio with Jen Hingley and Chris Warr fronting the band and drumming alternately. The recently recruited Josh Sellers on bass completes the lineup. They have an album recorded and in the production stages.
WHAT is the inspiration behind their debut single?
“Wasted Away is about frustration and unfulfilled potential. The chorus lyrics came naturally when I wrote the melody, so I had to sit back and figure out what they meant before writing the rest” Jen explains. “Musically it’s a balance between trying to get away with odd time signatures and chords, whilst at the same time writing something as catchy and enjoyable to listen to as possible – so no one ends up being bored. Bands like Reuben, Smashing Pumpkins and (some) Foo Fighters all have elements of this, so I guess that’s where I got the idea from.”
WHERE are they from?
Chris and Josh are from Poynton in Cheshire, England. Jen is originally from Didcot, a town near Oxford. The band is now based in Manchester.
“Its influence on me began long before I moved up from down south as my uncle Tom fronted a Madchester band when I was little” Jen tells us on her relationship with the city. “Nowadays the sheer number of independent record labels, promoters, festivals and blogs in Manchester makes the place a great incubator of new bands. Our band is yet to play our first gig, but we’ve all been involved in this creative, independent side of music for a while now, meaning that we’ve gathered the experience to be 100% DIY. The support we’ve had from other bands and friends we’ve made along the way in the area has also been essential.”
WHY ‘False Advertising’?
“Chris and I swap instruments and vocals on some songs, so I suppose you don’t necessarily know what you’re going to get when you hear us. We also thought it sounded cool, which helped!” – Jen