The Fadeaways: Dirty Water – EP review
DIRTY WATER EP
10″ / DL
Tokyo’s The Fadeaways release their new EP, indebted to their own new label and the sounds that inspired both it and them – garage, garage, and more garage.
Blasting straight in with I Need Your Love, The Fadeaways kick off this five-track EP with a classic slab of pure garage rock ‘n’ roll. The drums roll and pound frenetically under ear-splitting guitar riffs and a savage yelping vocal attack. It’s pure and joyous abandon that gets you moving from the start. Harking back to the original purveyors of garage, it’s fed through pure punk attitude and out the other side. I’m Not There catches the spinning mantel and runs with it. Like an early Hives, the song rockets along through a propulsive rhythm that sees no let up.
The band know that over a mere five songs, they must keep the energy up high, and they do so with great style. Be The Flakes riots along as the previous tracks, but drops in a slight bit of breathing space. Not too much though. Just enough to wipe the sweat from your brow and dive back in. The intense fuzz of It’s A Crying Shame recalls the first wave of garage revivalists, sounding like The Cynics or The Stems in both style and melody. A prototypal building harmony backs up the bridges and choruses to further drench themselves in that emblematic garage sound. Final song (This Has Gotta Be A) Joke snarls with more punk attitude. Like a Pontiac GTO playing chicken with an oncoming truck, they slam the pedal to the metal to force it from the road and be done and gone in little over a minute leaving a trail of smoke and dust.
The Fadeaways’ Dirty Water EP is a fantastic blast of classic garage rock ‘n’ roll. Wickedly sharp and perfectly executed, its brevity serving to leave your appetite whet for more, and by God we hope it comes soon. Till then there’s no option but to flip it over and start again, and again, and again.
Listen to It’s A Crying Shame below:
All words by Nathan Whittle. Find his Louder Than War archive here.