It’s borderline unbelievable to think that it’s been a decade since Letlive released their third and breakout album Fake History. Despite the post-hardcore sensations being inactive since 2017, today Letlive have released 10 Years Of Fake History, a selection of demos from the recording sessions of the seminal album in honour of it’s tenth anniversary.
Released via 333 Wreckords and available for Pay What You Want on Bandcamp, the collection of material is a raw and intimate insight into the creation of the record that changed everything for Letlive. Originally released via Tragic Hero Records prior to being re-released a year later through Epitaph, Fake History allowed the band to become leaders of the post-hardcore pack upon launch and saw the group go onto tour with bands such as Architects, Enter Shikari, Basement, Your Demise and countless others during their time.
On the subject of the release and Fake History as a whole, vocalist Jason Butler has stated;
“2007-2009. Whenever I think about those years I smile and I’m overcome with this sense of inimitable nostalgia. We learned a lot about freedom during that era. We worked multiple shit jobs and/or hustled in ways that some may consider questionable just to buy equipment. We found the most nefarious of establishments to call our studio. We quite literally risked our health and lives in mobile death traps we called “tour vans”. I mean one of our vans had a hole in the floor during a winter tour of America. It was completely metal inside with no lining, and my best friend and I agreed to share the back floor where the doors didn’t lock properly and would randomly open when we were driving on the highway. That’s how bad we wanted it and I truly believe it showed."
"In these demos, all we wanted to do was create something different. Different than the primary music we listened to or the “scene” we would be considered in, different than that around us, different than what each other wanted at times even. That’s what made these demo years so special. We allowed ourselves and each other an opportunity to be free as creatives AND as people. Our effort to be so different was ironic as one of the biggest hurdles we faced when trying to grow the band was our lack of breakdowns and swoopy bangs. But in the end it is what made ll. so special to us and to those who became bold enough to say they liked it. The ones brave enough to come to the shows and let go with us. The ones with the courage to be different within an already sub-cultural arena. Those ll.ifers. That ll.ove."
"I think I speak for us all when I say we had no idea where these demos would bring us and that’s the most beautiful part about it. That aforementioned freedom and uncertainty - it brought us to you.”