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STANDOUT TRACK: No. 1, “Xavier,” an appropriately loud homage to ’90s indie rock that recalls Pavement, Unrest, and Superchunk. Brittle guitars rattle away at a repetitive hook while singer-guitarist David Malitz barks the song’s opening lines. “Oh, Xavier, your head is so fragile/We really need to keep it safe,” he sings, in an impressively dead-on tribute to the British mopes of Felt.
MUSICAL MOTIVATION: “I don’t like to write about pretend misery,” Malitz says. Instead “Xavier” is inspired by real-life misery—specifically, the kind suffered by infants born with soft skulls. “There was a Post article about babies with fragile skulls that had a picture of a kid in a helmet—his name was Xavier,” Malitz says. “I wrote the line ‘Oh, Xavier, your head is so fragile’ just to amuse myself, and it sort of went from there.” The musical inspiration is a little less complicated. “It’s our stoned Oranges Band rip-off,” says the Arlington resident, referring to the Baltimore indie-pop band.
Making the connection: While The Fake Accents admire the slacker ethos of yore, they were more detail-oriented when they recorded The Big Disconnect in a friend’s home studio in Baltimore. “We’re not production nerds, but we definitely wanted the guitars to sound good,” says Malitz. “Crisp and loud but not overwhelming.” Still, things tend to get a little more Slanted and Enchanted during their live shows. (They headline the Red and the Black on March 2.) “We opened for Georgie James at the Rock and Roll Hotel and I don’t think people really appreciated how loud we were,” he says.