Fighting are a young-ish band out of England. They play a bass-heavy, aggressive style of noisy post-punk. If you’re familiar with any of Andy Falkous’ projects, and you were to imagine that he recorded an album with a West Coast indie band like The Thermals, then you have sort of an idea of what Fighting sound like. The band have been quietly releasing EPs over the last few years, however their latest release, Frankie Goes to Fulwood, is loud enough to set off your radar.
Armed with only four songs, Frankie Goes to Fulwood is Fighting’s most polished recording to date, which doesn’t necessarily sound like a compliment but it is. Much like the acts mentioned earlier, deep bass tones are the biggest driving forces of these songs, so a crisp production only helps the bass boom the way that it should boom. The treble of the guitars are turned up to balance out the deep bass, and the vocals are vicious and snotty but not in the same way that English punk bands have been doing since the 70’s.
Frankie Goes to Fulwood runs for 12 minutes and never overstays its welcome, just like a good EP should. The only downside is that it’s hard to describe the music without comparisons to mclusky, or even Future of the Left. That doesn’t make it any less fun, however, and it’s different enough from the typical “get drunk/feel sad/write song” approach that it provides a much needed break from the norm.
Fighting may not be the most original act, but they keep it fresh by recycling ideas that haven’t caught on as trendy… yet. These lads know exactly what they’re doing and they know how they want it done. Definitely a band to keep an eye on, so don’t sleep on this one.
3.5 / 5
RIYL: mclusky, Death from Above 1979, Pulled Apart By Horses