Fat Earthers: Fat Earthers EP – EP/cassette review
Fat Earthers: Fat Earthers EP (Prison Records)
Cassette / DL
Isle of Wight conspiracy theory nutters make noise/punk/psych racket and try and sell it to an unsuspecting public on cassette! Ged Babey puts on a tin foil hat and ear-plugs but is still seduced…
A new phenomenon an epidemic ‘You are living in a giant enclosed system’. A conspiracy that swallows all conspiracy theories whole” Is it an epidemic of paranoid cynicism? Is our global mental health failing us?
Fat Earthers combining drum, guitar and lyric in a Psychedelic Punky sweat driven haze, once again leaves you questioning everything… (Press Release)
Make sure the youth is brainwashed…. (Life’s Political)
I have met this man (singer/guitarist) ‘Puke’ once. He has so many pseudonyms and anagrams of his name I forget what he’s really called. Luke I think. He has been in a different band every couple of years, due to circumstances, people moving away, shit like that. He was in Spaff Tits (no idea what that means), Quim Reaper ( yeah, very un-PC but just to wind people up) and this year – he has formed the two man Fat Earthers. His mate Kyle plays drums.
It’s a primal racket that sounds like an early Sub-Pop band playing Spiral Scratch on shit-loads of drugs.
You have to remember that David Icke lives on the Isle of Wight and it is full of insane people and some great bands – like Bullybones, Grade Two and the Orders. ( I am allowed to insult people from the Island – my mum was born there – I have Wight Blood!)
There are five songs on the EP the titles of which are pretty self explanatory. Game Is Rigged, Washing Up, Suicide Bomber, I Heard You’re Still Insane and Life’s Political. The same old Boredom, Alienation and Despair coupled with Anger As An Energy, Nihilism and Self-Annihilation and feeding off ADHD, speed psychosis, short attention span and low boredom threshold.
Is it nihilistic psychedelia, or is it psychedelic nihilism? Is it a call to arms or is the message, give up and get wasted and fuck the lot of them. Or is it just a soundtrack to smashing your room up?
I really don’t know. It’s just a brilliant intuitive set of songs capturing the sound of being pissed off and not giving a fuck. Music which will sell 20 physical copies worldwide but is the essence of punk rock, free expression and the sound of the world imploding captured on a flimsy tape in a plastic cassette.
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All words by Ged Babey