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Who are you?
I’m Chris Riley speaking on behalf of North East indie garagey rockers, The False Poets.

What is it you do?
I’m the current singer and guitar player and have been writing most of the stuff for the band of late, although we can improvise a fair bit when we want to.

How long have you been doing it?
The False Poets formed as a garage covers band in 2012, so we’re ten years old, although we had four years off in the middle, so maybe we’re only six!

What inspires you?
Burning myrrh, orange light bulbs, having a crush on someone and getting really annoyed by something.

Tell us about your music.
Poetaster: A Miscellany is our first compilation album, pulling together a few loose strands from different incarnations of the band. There’s some Merseybeat in there, a bit of psychedelia, plenty of fuzzy garage punk riffs, some krautrock and a song about Santa as we try to crack the Christmas song market. We’re hoping Poetaster will draw in a few new fans whilst filling in some blanks for those who enjoy our first two albums.

What have you got coming up in the future?
Peter, the bass player, has been away for a bit, so we’re now rehearsing again after a break from that. The loose plan is to sort a few gigs out, put a covers album together for next year before releasing that third album proper of killer original stuff in 2024. 

Where can people find out more about you?
You’ll find our music on all your usual streaming platforms with a couple extra things including some gorgeous looking CDs at or

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