California or Bust

An Album By

False Idle

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False Idle’s California or Bust EP is a collection of acoustic versions of previously released songs by the band. (They come from a combination of the band’s I Refuse EP and their debut full-length album, Threat.) Hailing from Boise, Idaho, the Thumper Punk Records band, fronted by lead vocalist Sef Idle, has produced exceptional acoustic versions of several of his full band’s songs. As with any music, toning down the original to an acoustic version can be a bit of a challenge, but False Idle has managed to recreate its own songs into quiet-yet-upbeat treasures that still pack a punch. Notable tracks include “I Refuse,” “Retaliate,” “Threat” and “Where Do We Go.”


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