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The Coke Dares (guitarist Jason Groth, bassist Peter Schreiner and drummer Mark Rice) are the core trio of Jason Molina's Magnolia Electric Co. and Fake Lake is the band's 35-song, 44-minute magnum opus. Equal parts Sparks and Minutemen, Fake Lake is densely packed with smart near-prog arrangements and quirky new wave humor performed at breakneck hardcore punk speed. After a brief instrumental palate cleanser, Fake Lake opens in earnest with "You Say A Lot," an irresistibly sarcastic piece of Devo mutant pop that quickly transitions to an extremely short ode to pencils ("Editor") that's equal parts dream pop and faux-country ballad. From there, the album tumbles from one mood to another, featuring obtusely wistful travelogues and road memoirs ("We Went to a Restaurant," "Jammin' with J-Mo") radio airplay-defying bathroom talk ("Please Say Fuck," "Came to Shit") and literally dozens of other future-classic earworms.