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Fake Problems

By JULIE GARISTO
Published April 26, 2007


THE GUYS: Casey Lee, guitar; Derek Perry, bass; Chris Farren, vocals and guitar; and Sean Stevenson, drums.

FORMED: Late 2004 in Naples. All in their early 20s, the guys attended high school together.

THEIR SONIC COCKTAIL: It's a heady potion by young men bred on hard core punk rock, classic pop, country and indie-alternative.

FANTASY BEVERAGE: The members love nutrient-enhanced water.

Perry: "We want our own Vitamin Water. It would be called Fun, and the quote (on the bottles) would be 'How far does your body go?' (a riff on the name of the band's new CD, released this week). It would have B-6, B-12, electrolytes and caffeine."

Farren: "It would be green, like if you saw a pool (that color) . . . you wouldn't want to go in it."

Stevenson: "The flavor would be watermelon-orange."

CDS: EP, Spurs & Spokes/Bull > Matador and the new full-length CD, How Far Our Bodies Go. The band's appearance at the Skatepark of Tampa is the first show on a nationwide CD release tour.

The name: Farren came up with Fake Problems when he was 14, mocking his personal lyrics.

THE NEW CD VS. THE OTHER STUFF: "With How Far Our Bodies Go, there's less emphasis on the country stuff. It's more indie," Perry says. "There are synthesizers, piano, harpsichord, lap steel, squeeze box and shakers."

TOURING MACHINE: The guys toured the United States and Canada last year for 200 days, performing 150 shows.

HOW DO THEY AFFORD IT? "When we're at home, we work as much as we can," Farren says.

TYPICAL DAY JOB: Flower delivery.

GOOD CAUSE: They shared billing with Against Me! in a concert benefiting 1-year-old Callum Robbins, son of Jawbox singer-guitarist J Robbins. Callum was born with a motor neuron disease. (Visit www.desotorecords.com to get details and make a donation.)

CHECK 'EM OUT: Tonight with the Gaslight Anthem and One Small Step for Landmines. 7 p.m. at Transitions Art Gallery at the Skatepark of Tampa, 4215 E Columbus Drive. $6. www.myspace.com/fakeproblems; www.fakeproblems.com.