Fangclub tear us open with their True Love EP, twisting the knife all the way in with their gutsy and visceral sludge-rock.
Fangclub are tackling 2018 head-on. Riding high off of last year’s success that saw the release of their debut self-titled LP, a number of headline shows across the UK and Ireland, as well as support slots with the likes of Biffy Clyro, Muse and Pixies, Fangclub have certainly maintained their momentum. Already having travelled with The Cribs, Milk Teeth, Nervus and pioneering their own headline tour, it’s baffling how they’ve conjured up the energy to produce this EP.
The release detonates immediately with the finest track on the EP. Knife is the chosen lead single and quite rightly so. An exploration into the darkly manipulative power that love can possess over an infatuated individual, Knife sets the precedent for this overarching theme of ‘True Love’. Instead of sinking into the melancholy that this EP’s subject matter might suggest, Fangclub dive in head first with stormy riffs, commanding drums and bitterly pained vocal performances. Knife will stick with you for days on end with a chorus that is simply unrelenting. I don’t want to draw too many comparisons as it’s clear that this band want to set themselves apart from the crowd, however, if you’re a fan of 90s grunge, the likes of Nirvana and The Smashing Pumpkins, then you will become quickly accustomed to Fangclub’s vibe.
Heart Is A Landmine is a cool track with lyrics such as “If you did it once, you’ll do it again” being accessible whilst still driving a point across. It is crucial for Fangclub that they are able to leave their mark in such a way – hooks like this that will ensure that us listeners return to their music. Generally, however, the dynamic doesn’t shift about too much throughout this record. The blueprint that has been set in Fangclub’s discography so far is carried into this EP and it really feels as though they have the fuzzy grunge stylings nailed down. In light of this, it would be refreshing to hear them deviate from this mould ever so slightly and probe around some other styles. That being said, Sweater Forever is an insight into the capabilities that this band have when it comes to playing around with pacing and how this affects the song’s overall mood. It’s a plodding sulky number that is impressively atmospheric.
Definitely check out this EP. If not for Knife alone which is a genuine triumph and one that I will no doubt still be spinning in years to come. For this reason, Fangclub are firmly on my radar and I’m certain that they will find their way into the ears of countless more if they continue the forward trajectory that they are currently enjoying.