The Early Years
In the fall of 1992, three members of the UM TrebleMakers, Kera Rennert, Kelly
Gillis, and Galeet Dardashti, became disillusioned with the group’s all-female
format and decided to form the
University's first co-ed a cappella group. Thus the Faux Paz were born in
January 1993 under the name “The Looney Tunes.” The three of them held
auditions, and they got 8 others to join their madcap crusade.
The group went through a bit of an identity crisis in its first semester. The
“Looney Tunes” name proved to be somewhat unpopular, and after the group
rejected several names, including odd ones like “Skeleton Crew” and “The
Scherzophrenics” as well as clichés like “The Accidentals,” someone suggested
“The Faux Posse,” which for some reason met with less resistance than other
suggestions. The three founders made the wise executive decision to scrap the
early 90’s lingo and adopt the name “The Faux Paz” on the basis that nobody in
the group hated the name. The name stuck, and the name’s bilingual
French-Spanish translation of “false peace” came to be very appropriate for
the group, which initially had a somewhat tense relationship with the
University’s other a cappella groups. The Faux’s logo also reflected that
sentiment: the inverted treble clef turns the TrebleMakers’ logo upside down.
Our official motto: "Instruments are for suckers!"
Since that first year, the Faux Paz have continued to grow in popularity
throughout College Park and beyond. The group has traveled all over the
country, performing at colleges, high schools,
private events from Boston to New Orleans to Los Angeles, and everywhere in
between. The Faux have also frequently competed in the International
Championships of Collegiate A Cappella (ICCA). In 2002, the group advanced to
the International Finals at Lincoln Center in New York City, where they were
judged one of the top four collegiate a cappella groups in North America. The Faux recently
advanced to the ICCA Semifinals in 2011 after placing 2nd in the Quarterfinal.
The Faux Paz have released four
studio albums. The group’s first two albums, Ends With a Z (2001)
Steal Your Songs (2003), each garnered reviews of four stars from the
Recorded A Cappella Review Board. The group’s third album, For Lack of a
Better Word, was released in July 2005.
In April 2007, the Faux released their fourth studio album, Crisis
Control. The album has received national attention, and three
different tracks from the disc were selected for the national and
international "best-of" compilation CDs BOCA 2008 (Best of College A
Cappella), Sing IV, and Voices Only 2007. In addition, the album was
nominated for a 2008 CARA (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Award) for Best
Mixed Album of the year. The Faux is looking forward to recording a new
album in the next year, so stay tuned!