One look at Sef Idle and you know he’s not messing around. You can tell punk rock is his heartbeat… From the platinum spiky hair to the powerful melodic guitar licks and buzz-saw vocals, this veteran punk rocker is a wrecking ball for the mediocre masses. But contrary to all appearances, the motive behind it all isn’t based on disgust or hate, but a genuine care for those who slip through the cracks of American society. “People are in so much pain, and feel so hopeless; “I just wanted to use music to encourage them and to inject even a little bit of hope.” And Sef has been doing just that for many years from his time with the Pennsylvania-based band Strong Point, to the quietly prolific street-punk trio, uniSEF, and finally with his latest effort, False Idle.
After three albums with uniSEFand sharing the stage with acts like Flatfoot56, Our Corpse Destroyed, and a short tour with FBS, it was time to take a break and focus in on family and other projects, possibly for good. But over time it became obvious that his punk rock heartbeat could not be ignored. So when Sef was approached by Thumper Punk Records to start a new project, that pulse was racing, and with the support of his wonderful wife and kids, False Idle was born. With the release of the 6 song EP “Hymns Of Punk Rock Praise” in September of 2010, the band was busting back into the scene. Sef called up his buddy, and former uniSEFband mate, Tyler Lewis and recruited him for guitar and mic-shredding duties. With the addition of the drummer from the EP recordings, Matt Lagusis, and former worship leader, Seth Warren on bass, False Idle finally had a solid lineup. With enthusiastic reviews from Indie Vision Music, Jesus Freak Hideout, and after making HM Magazine’s “Pick of the Litter” column in the November/December 2010 issue, it was time to get to work on original music. After months of writing and recording, the “I Refuse” EP was released in the spring of 2011. Producing a finely-tuned live show, the band started turning some heads. With the eventual heavy-hearted departure of Matt from the band, the all-around musical magician, Phil Harris, who had previously filled in on guitar after Sef broke his wrist, came on as the full-time drummer. And with that, False Idle’s lineup was solidified.
But in the back of all of the band mates’ minds was the drive to write and record an album that would stand head and shoulders above anything else they had ever created. And thus, the debut full-length album, “Threat” was realized. With a growing confidence and surety in the overall identity and sound of the band, each member committed themselves to having a significant part of all aspects of the project. What resulted was a completely unique joint effort that incorporated the influences and ideas of every member. Phil said of the album, “We all have a pretty diverse taste in music and I think it reflects well in the writing. We tried to challenge ourselves and think a little outside of the "normal" punk sound, while still making a great punk record. In the end, I would say we accomplished just that, staying true to our sound but being able to branch out and give new things a try.” Sef added, “We all wrote on the album, so it has a lot of differences from song to song. Everything from 30 second super fast songs, to dynamic compositions, to mellow songs with a little bit of a country edge. Something for everybody...” Having already been compared in sound to well-known bands like Anti-Flag, Strike Anywhere, xLooking Forwardx, and Rise Against, False Idle is poised to be the next big movement in punk rock. “Threat” boldly ventures into melodic anthems with the tracks, “Where Do We Go”, “In The Dark” and “Among The Dead” while sticking to its straight punk/hardcore roots with “A Tension” and “Sideswipe”. It even braved a folk-punk sound with the title track, “Threat”. But that’s not to say that the creation of this album was anything easy. “Some of the themes of the songs are deeply personal, and it was kind of new territory to put those kinds of insights out there”, commented Seth. It wasn’t just the lyrics that stretched the band as Phil explained. “I have never had to play the drums with that much force and speed before. I have always loved punk, but this is the first punk band that I have played with. I almost had to learn a whole new style of drumming that I wasn't crazy familiar with.” In any case, “Threat” is a labor of love for False Idle, having worked hard through moments of excitement and frustration, all the while never losing a constant drive to produce punk rock that speaks of hope in a hopeless world.
So what does the future hold for the guys of False Idle? In addition to playing regularly in the Boise, Idaho area, the band has plans in the works for a west-coast tour later in the summer/fall of 2013. And with a need to continually be improving and redefining their sound, you can bet even more new music is in the works! So lace up your boots, stand strong against the world, and get ready to be a threat to society…