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Fake Problems: live in Denverlive in Denver (2011)
Reviewer Rating: 4.5
Contributed by: thepopeofchili-townthepopeofchili-town
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Upon arriving at the Marquis Theater for a Fake Problems show (their second Denver show in two months) on a chilly Saturday evening, I didn't know that local alt-country punkers Tin Horn Prayer were going to be playing, but I quite enjoyed their debut album Get Busy Dying, so this was a pleasant sur.
Upon arriving at the Marquis Theater for a Fake Problems show (their second Denver show in two months) on a chilly Saturday evening, I didn't know that local alt-country punkers Tin Horn Prayer were going to be playing, but I quite enjoyed their debut album Get Busy Dying, so this was a pleasant surprise. They played selections from that record for about a half an hour and got the evening off to a great start.
Finally, it was time for the main event. Having seen Fake Problems a few times over the last couple years (including the aforementioned show in February), I can say that this was easily the best I've ever seen them play, as well as the longest and most diverse set list I've seen them play. After emerging to the Friends theme song, they kicked right into “Soulless” from last year’s Real Ghosts Caught on Tape, and didn't let up (save for a few jokes from guitarist Casey Lee) for over an hour.
I always enjoy seeing Fake Problems live, but it seems they have a habit of playing their most recent album, and throwing in a few older tracks here and there. Not this time: B-sides and deep album cuts all found their way into the show, and it was more enjoyable for it. The crowd was small, but we were having a great time. Fake Problems have released a string of great albums in the last few years, but the stage is where they really shine. If they come to your town (and they probably will, they’re touring machines), don’t even think about it, just go.
Set list (from memory):
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