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Originally planned as a solo project for vocalist/guitarist Chris Farren, Fake Problems are a four-piece band hailing from the Southern coastal vacation town of Naples, FL. Occupying the space between alt-country, folk, and indie pop with an added dose of punk D.I.Y. appeal, Farren ultimately got together with some high-school buddies -- bassist/vocalist Derek Perry, guitarist Casey Lee, and drummer Sean Stevenson -- to go at it as a full band. The guys played around locally, burning their own CDs and screening their own shirts, eventually booking tours outside of their hometown. Fake Problems first documented their sound on the 2005 album Watching the Bull Get the Matador, though it had some electronic undertones rather than just the twangy country-folk-rock (which could evoke images of early Against Me! alongside Whiskeytown) that later releases would showcase further.
The enthusiastic quartet toured around with O Pioneers!!! during 2006, as the Spurs & Spokes 7" arrived via Sabot Productions that August. Sabot then issued the roundup EP Spurs & Spokes | Bull > Matador that fall; the release compiled their summer EP with four re-recorded tracks from Fake Problems' then out of print debut. The band continued touring around the southeast U.S. and readied its next album, How Far Our Bodies Go, with producer Rob McGregor (Hot Water Music, Against Me!). Early 2007 dates opening for Against Me! led into the record's April appearance.
Fake Problems is a four-piece American rock band from Naples, Florida. They released their first full length album, How Far Our Bodies Go, on Sabot Productions on April 27, 2007. Their second record, It's Great to Be Alive, was released through Side One Dummy Records on February 17, 2009. Their third record "Real Ghosts Caught On Tape" was released September 21, 2010, also on Sideonedummy.
On February 19, 2012, singer Chris Farren requested via Twitter that someone "delete everything about the Fake Problems [W]ikipedia." He subsequently reasoned this request by stating that everything in the article was "inaccurate."
Fake Problems was created by Chris Farren, Derek Perry, Casey Lee, and Sean Stevenson in 2005. Farren was in another band at the time, but he wanted to expand his creativity and write different music. All of the band members grew up in Naples and have known each other since they were about 14 years old.
The members have been able to make the band a full-time obligation by allowing for a relentless touring schedule. Stevenson gave up an opportunity to go to Berklee College of Music in Boston for film scoring. Members Lee and Perry also had a side project called Stay & Fight, although it is considered dead in water, since signing to SideOneDummy.
The band released music videos for two songs from It's Great to Be Alive: "The Dream Team" and "Diamond Rings." Diamond Rings was also featured on the third episode of Season 1 of NBC's "Trauma." They've also released a video from their latest record, which has been heavily featured on MTV.
In 2012, Fake Problems announced that Casey Lee was leaving the band. Lee is temporarily replaced by Brian Blount of Vega Under Fire.
In late 2012, the band announced they will release a new album sometime in 2013, but not with SideOneDummy.
Music Style/Influences 
Fake Problems is heavily influenced by several genres of music, including punk rock, folk music, pop punk, and country music. In various songs mandolin, violin, lap-steel/slide guitar, and brass horns can be heard along with the guitars and drums. The band claims that they have been influenced by Cursive, Bright Eyes, The Good Life, Waylon Jennings, Yanni, Jethro Tull, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, Hank Williams, and Blink 182's early material.
The band is much heralded for their super fun stage show. They frequently, and randomly, perform with string players and a horn section. The band is known for a relentless touring schedule that keeps them away from home for more than half of the year. In 2006 they performed in 150 concerts in a tour of North America. They claim that the hardest part about being a full-time band is touring because it keeps them away from friends and family and leaves them in a tight financial situation. To date, they have toured with Against Me!, The Gaslight Anthem, Riverboat Gamblers, Smoke or Fire, Look Mexico, Lemuria, Anti-Flag, O Pioneers!!!, Street Dogs, Frank Turner, The Briggs, Nothington, Baby Calendar, Thursday (band), The Dillinger Escape Plan, Murder By Death, Laura Stevenson and the Cans, The Builders and the Butchers, Nevershoutnever, and A Rocket to the Moon. They played one show on the 2009 Warped Tour in Cleveland, Ohio.
Their 2007 tour with Against Me! was a success due to the connections they made with artist and designer, Richard Phoenix.
Real Problems 
In April, 2006 the band's equipment was stolen during a tour with O Pioneers!!!. The band was robbed of two Fender Stratocasters, a flying “V” guitar, a Dan Electro Remake by Jay Johnson bass, a microKorg, and a lap-steel/slide guitar. They finished the tour, but had to borrow equipment from O Pioneers!!! and then buy new instruments.
The song Real Problems in SRQ is based on an incident in On October 18, 2006 Farren, Lee, and Stevenson were arrested and charged with trespassing. They were scheduled to play a show in Sarasota, Florida and had arrived a few hours early. Before their set, they had climbed a strip mall roof. As they were climbing off the roof, police entered the parking lot. The band members were arrested and were held until they received bail at about 2:00 am the following morning. The court ordered them to take anger management classes.
On an early 2008 tour with Smoke or Fire, the band was driving through Tennessee to their next show, when a giant turkey flew through their window. Two shows were canceled and the band had to stay at a motel in Cleveland TN for the weekend while the windshield was repaired.
While in Canada on October 19, 2008 the band stopped at a hotel before border crossing to discover their trailer on fire. Faulty wiring caused some protective foam to catch fire, resulting in some damage to Stevenson's kit.
On February 29, 2012, the band released a post on their website, stating the Casey Lee had formally left the band. It was on good terms, and the band's friend Brian will be filling in on touring duties. Recording and the rest of the guitar duties have not been commented upon yet. The post below was posted on their website/Tumblr with the headline, "OK - don’t freak out, but Casey left the band.":
In November Casey told us he didn’t want to be in a band anymore. He’s basically just not into traveling so much anymore. We understand and we love him very much, and we’re all still good friends. We wish him all of the luck in the world in his future endeavors.
We’ll be performing all of our upcoming shows (Naples show, Orange You Glad Fest, SXSW, Say Anything tour) with our friend Brian on guitar duties.
Other than that, we’ve been working hard the past few months writing a new record, which I will tell you more about soon.
OK! Sorry for the bum out but it’s all gonna be OKAY.
Fourth Studio Album 
In late 2012, it was announced that the band was working on a new record for a 2013 release. The band has started recording demos and have tweeted a few times about it, though not much more information is known.