In the steamy basement of an otherwise unremarkable house in Baltimore, "Fake Flowers Real Dirt" forges their mix of genres from the funk/dope characteristic (e.g. funk, hip-hop): driving skank reggae moves to frenetic breakbeat/jungle, joined together with a series of quick jazz changes. Simple melodic lines and hooks give way to solos, with space.
FFRD's efforts began when singer Billy D William marshaled the forces of an accomplished group of veterans from the DMV music scene. Their goal is nothing less than sonic nirvana - obtained through the melding of diverse musical traditions into a form greater than the sum of its parts, a form deserving a new name (and wikipedia page). FFRD transcends superlatives; their awesomeness is matched only by their modesty. From the basement in a house in Baltimore, MD to your ears, "The flyest and the most, as real as non-fiction."
UPSIDE YOUR HEAD - FAKE FLOWERS REAL DIRT
"Right out of the gate, this track is fire. It’s got a solid intensity while still maintaining the wicked groove that Fake Flowers Real Dirt does so well. The vibe is awesome and vocal on this track is killer. Listen to the words because it’s important! This song is speaking a whole lot of truth for our current conditions. It’s my personal opinion (obviously, as is this whole blog) but there are not nearly enough protest songs happening right now, and there should be." - AMANDA MARCAZO of A PERFECT MESS
"Fake Flowers Real Dirt combines a mixture of old school funk with a contemporary sound on their self titled, four song EP release. This nine piece band lays down a serious foundation of grooves, through the use of driving bass lines, thick keyboard patches, and funky horn stabs, as they twist and turn their way through a myriad of styles and tempos.... With their new self titled EP release, Fake Flowers Real Dirt has put themselves on the map as one of Baltimore’s most promising up and coming bands to watch." - SCOTT PADDOCK of MOBTOWN MUSIC GUIDE
Pics by Brit Brashear, Carl Jr. of CMS Jr Photography, Brittany of Dunks Photo, Lauren Lydia, Rachel Storm Photography, Mickie Hill of Phototracks, Ashley of Garland's Exposures, Tyrone R. Eaton, Clark Smith Photographs, Brian Rayford, Rob Rabon, Kimberly Diann Ponce, Princy Francis, Jessica White, Fortune McLemore, Dave Eynck and Richard Rowley.
Fake Flowers Real Dirt has been fortunate enough to play alongside influential groups such as: Galactic, The Motet, Keller Williams, Biz Markie, Papadisio, Kung Fu, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ozomatli, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Pietasters, Marky Ramone, Hackensaw Boys, L.A. Guns, Days of the New, The Mantras & Donna the Buffalo, as well as amazing local talent like: Jah Works, Cris Jacobs, Ballyhoo!, Bosley, All Mighty Senators, Kelly Bell Band, DeltaNine, Pasadena, Laughing Colors & many more...
Highlighted festivals & events: Disc Jam 2018, Artscape, Light City, HillFest, 89.7 WTMD "LIVE" 24 Hour Rock-n-Roll-a-Thon, The Gathering's "Baltimore Raven's Football Festival", Honfest, Eastport-a-Rockin, SOWEBO Festival, Ladew Garden's, Roanoke's Down by Downtown, The 8x10, Horseshoe Casino, Rams Head Shorehouse, PRS's Accross the Bay 10K, Frozen Harbor Music Festival, Metropolitan Kitchen and Lounge, The Waterfront Hotel, The Whiskey, Red Red Wine Bar, Armadillo's, Rockfish, Rez Ball XI, Island Bay Day, DenaFest, The Avenue at White Marsh, Village at Leesburg, The Silver Spring Summer Concert Series, The Washingtonian Center & The Baltimore Soundstage.
"What a cool sound these guys have with such smooth and laid back vocals. They carry a little bit of funk, a little bit of hip hop, a whole lot of fresh groove."
- AMANDA MARCAZO of THE JAMWICH
"Love it! It's like someone made a perfectly good stew, and then someone slipped in a spoon of hot sauce!"
- NECI of HFS 97.5
“Throughout time and also space, funk permeates our universe, from the groove to the jams; funk may sometimes be invisible, but undeniable. Fake Flowers Real Dirt are the real deal, no two ways about it. This group, and the inevitable changes that come with a large band, do a splendid job of carrying on the funk tradition.”
- MOLLY SHORES of SHUTTER 16 MAGAZINE
“Mashing funky breaks with jazz and soul, this new outfit out of Baltimore has succeeded in creating a sound where the old and the new can coexist quite peacefully.”
- KELLY QUINN of THE REAL MUSICIAN
"With their new self titled EP release, Fake Flowers Real Dirt has put themselves on the map as one of Baltimore’s most promising up and coming bands to watch."
- SCOTT PADDOCK of MOBTOWN MUSIC GUIDE
"It’s impossible to listen to any of these songs and not keep your head nodding side to side.”
- ANDREW MAFFETTONE (Founder/CEO) of BOOKED PROMOTIONS