GENRE | GARAGE-MUFF PUNK
LABEL | FAT WRECK CHORDS
While Fat Wreck Chords maintains their prime surf ‘n’ turf with new punk material from the likes of beloved heavy hitters NOFX and Lagwagon, they are excelling at filling in their bullpen with an assortment of fresh blood. They’re branching out from the “Fat sound” they were originally known for and it’s making them even more elusive and loveable as a label devoted to quality bands and music.
Their newest batch of industry rejects come with flowing maple in their streams (they’re Ontario-ans) and a little flannel on their arms. This debut 7 inch record, Cinnamon b/w Guided By Vices is a grand introduction to the trio known for previous rapture in, “Fuck School” and “Fuckin’ Up Young.” With muffled vocals and buzzy, choppy riffs, this two song set shows a reigning love of all things garage and getting sloppy punk. They break some of the label conventions with their lo-fi crunchy feedback and reverb that harkens back to the finest of the grunge era. Luke Bentham’s vocals bend and howl just as much as the loose strings on “Guided by Vices.” The horrendously hooky track wobbles up and down on surf rhythms and then falls apart in explosive, heavy distortion-laden choruses. His voice screeches in and out of tune, accentuating the exhaustive explosions on “Cinnamon.”
It seems that Fat bands love to do record covers with obliviously happy people in the foreground, and chaos behind them. These lads may have taken a note from Reno, Nevada predecessors the Cobra Skulls’ Bringing the War Home. This doesn’t hold back their scattered style and heavy beats from creating an infectious twang though. They’re just two songs—but it’s fun as hell to listen to the careening rhythms over and over.