Real Fake Doors Release “Waiting”

Erie, Pennsylvania post-hardcore band, Real Fake Doors just released their new single “Waiting” with an accompanying music video. The track focuses on the topic of isolation and searching for a way out. The line “I’m waiting for something to save me from nothing” really resonates with me. This line perfectly captures the feeling of depressive isolation. You do not know exactly what you need to be free of it, all you know is that you cannot do it on your own.

The accompanying music video is directed by Alex Zarek, who has worked with beloved artists like Real Friends, Dying in Designer, and Mutant League in the past. The video has a great contrast of shots: a woman sitting on a desolate beach looking at old pictures and the band performing in a rundown house.

Here is what the band had to say about the process of creating the pair and what they have in store for the future.

Introduce us to Real Fake Doors! Who is in Real Fake Doors? Who does Real Fake Doors stand for?

Real Fake Doors consists of Jesse Pershun on vocals, Mark Gorski and Sean Stevenson on guitar, Zack Smith on bass and Chris Manley on drums. We’ve been a band for about a year and half now in the Erie area. We are just five guys who love to make music, and love to perform for people. We stand for anyone who likes to go out to a show and have a good time, or sit in their room blasting music. 

I’m assuming the name Real Fake Doors is a reference to Rick and Morty S1E8 (considering your drummer has a Rick and Morty drum head in the video for your song “Falling”). What made you choose that bit from the show as the band’s name?

You’re right, the name “Real Fake Doors” was from a scene in the show Rick and Morty. The name doesn’t really stem too far away from that. It was a name we felt was unique and stood out enough so that people would remember it. It kind of shows a little bit of the personality and sense of humor that we have as a band. 

Your newest single “Waiting” and a corresponding music video was just released. What themes would you say the pair conveys?

The song has a heavy theme of isolation. Some of the lyrics are almost a cry for help, looking for someone or something to help get you out. We know a lot of people have felt this way, and we think this song shows them that they’re not the only ones that feel that way sometimes. The music video goes along with that theme, but also gives a sense of hope. It’s okay to feel alone sometimes, but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel.

Watch the official music video for “Waiting” here:

Is the single leading to an album?

As of right now, we plan on getting back into the studio within the next few months to start recording new material but we have no intentions of working on a full length album or anything of that magnitude.

What was the creative process like for making “Waiting”?

During the whole process of recording our first EP, we didn’t really have time to sit down and write new music. Once we finally got back into writing, we found that we had definitely grown in our writing style, and we started trying new things that we hadn’t tried before. We also took more time with this song than we had with songs in the past, giving it a deeper and more artistic vibe, something that would portray more emotion to the listener. 

Real Fake Doors has shared the stage with international names like Trashboat, Anti-Flag, and Red Jumpsuit Apparatus. Who has been your favorite artist to perform with and why?

They have all been amazing to share the stage with. However, the overall environment for The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus show was electric. It was a night we will all remember, and it certainly gave us a taste of larger shows as well as fueling our desire to work harder to get to a level like that. The response from our friends, family, and people who we didn’t even know but took the time to come say they loved our set and buy merch was more than we could ever imagine. 

Are you planning any tours or shows for the near future?

At this moment we do not have a tour in the works, but as we grow as a band we definitely plan on making that happen. We don’t plan on slowing down locally or in the tri-state area, and we look forward to being a powerhouse in our local scene for a while. 

What artists do you draw musical influences from? What are you listening to right now that people wouldn’t expect?

We all listen to so many different types of music that it’s difficult to pinpoint specific artists as influences, but I would say in general the progression of pop-punk over the years, as well as hardcore music has inspired us the most. I would say our influences range all the way from Blink-182 to Wage War, so that kind of gives you an idea of the vast array of music that inspires us. That being said, we listen to just about every kind of music out there, from indie to country to rap to whatever is on the radio. 

Is there anything else you want to tell the readers? Any fun facts or people to thank?

We have so many people to thank up to this point. Thank you to our fans who come out to shows and show support, our friends and family who support us no matter what, Elvis at the Andromeda Agency for putting on shows in Erie and helping us with PR, Zach Krahe and John Terry who recorded, mixed and master our music, and Alex Zarek for expertly shooting both of our music videos (including “Waiting”). We seriously wouldn’t be anywhere close to where we are without each and every one of them. 

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“Waiting” is now available on all streaming platforms!