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.