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Faking It

by The American Professionals

Harmony-laden crunch-pop with electronic sprinkles on top
Genre: Pop: Power Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fade It On
3:03 $0.99
2. That Would Be Me
2:56 $0.99
3. We Flew
3:47 $0.99
4. Can't Hang Around
2:55 $0.99
5. Space Between
5:32 $0.99
6. Faking It
2:55 $0.99
7. Don't Let It Bring You Down *
3:13 $0.99
8. Outstanding Day
3:41 $0.99
9. Big Surprise
4:37 $0.99
10. Beginning To End
1:59 $0.99
11. Head of a Pin
4:08 $0.99
12. Soon
4:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
The American Professionals take character flaws, guilt, and a dash of hope and spread them out like sweet marmalade on a piece of crunchy, pop toast. You get all your RDA recommended allotment of procrastination, self-indulgence and low self esteem and still get to savor the joys of catchy melodies, grinding guitars, and fluffy billows of lush harmony.

"Hey, if you're going to be condemned to a life of committing sins of omission, at least you can do it from your Barcalounger..."

Aside from Gregg Anderson's drumming, Chuck played all the instruments himself and performed all the lead and backing vocals on "Faking It". "In every recording I've ever done, I always tried to get as many over-the -top backing vocals in there as humanly possible. But when it's not my record, I eventually have to back down and shut up." says Lindo, " I guess there was nobody there to say 'no' this time..."

" I didn't set out so much to make the most eclectic record possible, but I also didn't shy away from any songs because they didn't fit into a particular format", says Chuck. Engineer/coproducer Patrick Conway assured him that no matter what they committed to tape, it would all be tied together by the common thread of Chuck's vocals. "It worked, as far as I can tell", Chuck reports. " I got a little worried there for a minute. I didn't want to come off like the ADD poster boy that most of my friends think I am. But since I'd come up with most of these songs over a long period of time, it was inevitable that there'd be some range of personality to them."

Here's what a few people have to say about "Faking It":

You can take the man out of St. Louis - in this case, Nukes bassist Chuck Lindo, who now lives in LA - but you can't take St. Louis out of the man ... like his beloved former band, the Professionals specialize in tar-sticky hooks ... power-pop tendencies belie a fondness for geeky new-wave obscurities and the histrionic harmonies of Queen.

Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Riverfront Times, St. Louis, MO

Contentment is the enemy of rock. But happiness and wisdom have not dulled the songwriting skills of the American Professionals' Chuck Lindo. The brains behind the beloved 1980s punk act the Nukes, Lindo has discovered power pop in his adopted home of Los Angeles. New topics of conversation include the joys of procrastination and the serenity that comes once you realize you ain't all that. In the exuberant "Faking It," Lindo reflects on a subject near and dear to St. Louis' heart: alt-country angst. "Some seemed to me to be feigning and deliberately obscuring their work for the appearance of artistic integrity," Lindo says. "I mean, c'mon, man, you know you can actually sing." Hmm, wonder who he's talking about?
St.Louis Post-Distpatch
November 3. 2005

" of the year honors fantastic...this is one of those records that just says everything about melodic, hooky, catchy music that I could say on the page. Not a bad track to be had-far from it, in fact... a true pop classic... I'm going to be shouting it from the rooftops as loud as I can... it belongs in every pop fan's collection... Lindo weaves his three-dimensional tales with grace and bottomless talent... it is obvious, from the first song, that Lindo is a major talent and that the American Professionals' debut is simply smashing stuff."
-ALAN HABER, Pure Pop/Budhge

"On their Faking It CD, you'll hear some of the catchiest powerpop you've had the pleasure of hearing in a long while, and that's high praise at International Pop Overthrow, believe me!"
-DAVID BASH- Founder, International Pop Overthrow

"Not only a promising debut, it's a realized, ambitious pop record that makes up its own rules in a easy-to-digest and enjoyable manner. Extremely Highly Recommended"

"Faking It is chock full of tasty tracks from start to finish....These
guys are due to catch a big one!"

The American Professionals will be traveling around these United States throughout 2006 in support of the record and will release new album "Similar to Sugar Pill" in late spring 2006.



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perfect pop goodness
This was a great album with a perfect balance of sweet, perfect melodies and edgier tones. While all of the tracks share certain pop qualities, each track stands out while retaining a certain continuity about the album as a whole. The Neil Young cover, Don't Let It Bring You Down, was definitely a highlight, as well as Outstanding Day and Fade It On.


Worth hearing, has meaning, grows on you
Listenable, lyrical, likable


fun, catchy, clever songs that sound great
I love this record! It's totally fun to listen to, clever, thoroughly catchy. I'm always happy when my iPod shuffle settles on one of these songs. It's an all-around good time.


fun, catchy, clever songs that sound great
I love this record! It's totally fun to listen to, clever, thoroughly catchy. I'm always happy when my iPod shuffle settles on one of these songs. It's an all-around good time.

Graig L. Markel

Bitches, Recognize.
Always thought of Chuck as a bad-ass guitar player in the Actionslacks, but never knew he was such a good vocalist and songwriter. Great indie pop-rock with big tasty guitar riffage, and great songs. There's a cool neil young cover, but the best track is 3, "we flew". but could very well change- the type of disc that grows on you with each listen!


Sarcastic indie pop - Love it!
A lot of great, catchy songs on here; very melodic with intelligent lyrics. That Would Be Me and Faking It are two highlights, but the Neil Young cover is the one that really takes the cake for me.


melodic reflections on the self we feel but can't articulate
This CD speaks to the hearts and thoughts of many of us. Who can't identify with the "Space Between" our aspirations and our actions? "That Would Be Me" and "Can't Hang Around" express dissatisfaction with how those parts of our personalites we dislike haunt us and keep us from getting more out of life.
Lindo's lyrics express observations of himself living in a complicated world with a view that though sometimes somber, possesses an underlying optimism that challenges us to approach life in a more positive manner. His melodies compliment his poetry and make his songs actually singable for the rest of us.