|Fever Dream — Squid (29th September, 2017)|
Fever Dream: Squid (29th Sept., 2017) ♠♠ London~based Fever Dream exist to create mesmerising guitar music that warps and contorts our definitions of neo~psychedelia and brittle post~punk.
♠♠ Following on from the release of their critically acclaimed 2015 debut ‘Moyamoya’, the band are pleased to unveil their latest full~length project entitled ‘Squid’, set for release on the 29th September via Club AC30.
♠♠ ‘Squid’ asserts itself as a testimony to the band’s voracious appetite for heady, frenetic noise pop and acts as an outlet to showcase their intense skill as musicians. Barbed grunge and shoegaze combines with murky punk riffs to create a 10~track exploration through hedonistic and unrelenting sounds and noise.
♠♠ It’s clear that Fever Dream’s sound is drawn from a melting pot of inspirations. Tracks like ‘Worms’ and ‘Clear Mind’ can be heard to channel the angst and aggression previously demonstrated by grunge forerunners, Sonic Youth or Smashing Pumpkins.
♠♠ The band successfully distinguish themselves from their labelmates and contemporaries through the use of lead singer Adrian Fleet’s immersive lyricism, which manages to float perfectly amongst the serene chaos the band are so adept at creating.
♠♠ ‘Heads Will Roll’ and ‘Ghost’ fall more in line with the material most Club AC30 fans will be familiar with: oceanic, expansive shoegaze that unquestionably stalks the unsettled territory between MBV and PiL: suffused with melody and discordance.
Location: London, UK
Album release: 29th September, 2017
Record Label: Club AC30
01. Inside 4:11
02. Youth (Is Wasted on the Old) 4:35
03. Heads Will Roll 3:16
04. Worms 5:31
05. Ghost 4:44
06. In Another Place 3:45
07. Unity 4:13
08. Clear Mind 2:50
09. Fragile #2 3:03
10. Luna Rossa 3:39
Fever Dream are:
♦» Adrian Fleet (guitar, vocals),
♦» Sarah Lippett (bass) and
♦» Cat Loye (drums).
♠♠ London based shoegazers unveil strong second LP drawing from 1990s psych and US noise rock
Released Sep 28th, 2017 via Club AC30 / By Richard Lewis
♠♠ Making waves with their 2015 debut LP Moyamoya London alt. rockers Fever Dream set out their stall with the album’s excellent lead single Serotonin Hit which came backed with a video that looked like a wonky VHS of the band playing BBC2s Snub TV circa 1991.
♠♠ The follow up Squid builds on the group’s shoegaze template with elements of US indie and noise rock. Something of a banner year for the sub genre, the standard for the category has vertiginously high with progenitors Ride and Slowdive delivering excellent comeback sets, with the latter’s disc possibly the most consistent LP they’ve ever issued. The present three~piece (is there a stipulation that the majority of present day shoegaze outfits are trios, while in the 1990s they were quartets?) strongly indicate they possess the chops to follow the aforementioned acts, mind.
♠♠ Featuring a cover shot of a 1960s~era ‘housing estate of the future’ (aka brutalist monstrosity, probably long since flattened) the motorik bass pulse/pea~soup guitar fog of Inside starts things off at a fair clip, constructed around chords that pleasantly sour in the mouth like an XL bag of fizzy cola bottles. Lead single, the wonderfully titled Youth (Is Wasted On the Old) is the band’s finest moment to date, an FX pedal shimmer that builds in velocity and pitches and rolls like a turbulent sea.
♠♠ New single Heads Will Roll flits between Pixies~style rhythm section verses before blooming into the guitar led choruses. Smashing Pumpkins, whose matchless 1990s output ranks as a touchstone influence for scores of bands at present are evoked in the mellow glide of Worms. This, along with along with Youth (Is Wasted On the Old) employ the effective device of picking up speed at key moments, proving that click tracks really aren’t all that. Unity meanwhile doffs its cap to Sonic Youth, recreating the NYC noise rock pioneers’ febrile guitar textures, overlaid with an effective chorus hook and airbourne harmonies that would make for a worthy third single.
♠♠ While instrumental cut Fragile #2 feels superfluous and the production overall could have been punchier with greater emphasis on the low end, Fever Dream’s second set is a considerable success. And while calamari can be something of an acquired taste, this Squid is an especially appetising one. ♠♠ http://mail.beardedmagazine.com/
|Fever Dream — Squid (29th September, 2017)|