FTK: Strange Times – Dirty Jokes – single review
Feed The Kid
Strange Time/Dirty Jokes
Out: 14th September
Manchester’s FTK, formerly Feed The Kid, regroup and storm back with a new double A-side Strange Time/Dirty Jokes. Nigel Carr reviews for Louder Than War.
After re-grouping in February this year FTK now features original members Curtis Taylor (vocals) and Ciaran Egan (guitar) augmented by Thomas May (Guitar), Dan Houghton (Drums) and Andy Fletcher (Bass). This is the first in a series of singles which will extend into 2019 with a debut performance for the band at this year’s Head For The Hills festival this weekend. (14th-16th September)
Strange Times sees Taylor’s part-tremulous vocal searing over a big slack beat. Part Gorillaz, part Simple Minds, it’s dense and hypnotic, reaching back into promising-you-a-miracle eighties with a swirling psychedelic wash, giving it a polished, ‘now’ edge. Dirty Jokes opens to church bells before declaring ‘Forgive Me Father I have sinned’, continuing in similar vein with a thumping Frankie beat via All You Need Is Love/A Day In The Life – who said, Father McKenzie? Again Taylor’s vocal is peerless – who else sings like this with a vibrato delivery, wavering into falsetto? It’s a big, stunning slab of modern alt and ends abruptly, too short.
What They Say:
The newly formed group of individuals set out to express their shared concern at the distinct lack of morals in today’s modern society and voice those opinions under the FTK banner. The tracks’ lyrical content highlights the lack of morality by describing ‘right-wing behaviour‘. The people in perceived decision making seats as ‘not having a clue‘ and the overwhelming feeling that ‘there is something we can do’. Because we are ‘sick and tired of the modern day blues‘.
The message is clear – for something that defies any modern, wanky genre-tagging – the tracks feel fresh and new, pulling strains of delta blues and hip-hop into a heady modern mix. The single is out this Friday!
15 September: Ramsbottom, Head for the Hills Festival
24 November: Manchester, Night & Day
London / Manchester / Dublin / Glasgow TBA