Named after a green Marvel Comics dragon, Fin Fang
Foom sounds akin to bands like Engine Down, Sleepytime
Trio, Drive Like Jehu, and so on. The overall feel
on the North Carolina bandís debut (which follows two singles
and an EP) is heavy on the guitar, and youíll forget from
time to time that the sounds you are hearing are coming from
only a three-piece. At first, Fin Fang Foom could possibly
be dismissed as just another "emo" band, but if
you listen carefully, there is much more to it than that.
As the album progresses, and after multiple listens, you
will catch on to tiny and layered intricacies that the band
weaves in and out of its sound, particularly the reliance
on piano. The rhythms are also intriguing, as they are not
quite "math rock," but not quite standardized beats
either, showing off a touch of post-punk capability. And perhaps
the most impressive part is that those rhythms, particularly
the drums, are able to jump out at you when necessary or hold
back when it is time to let the piano or guitar step forward
for a moment. Structure appears to be a thing that is meant
for toying with, and it often ends up erupting with some sense
of chaos before the track comes to a close.
This is an album filled with an obvious sense of emotion.
The vocals are full of passion of all kinds, and the instrumentation
only strengthens that. Fortunately though, this is not emotion
of the whiny kind, but rather of the raw and intense sort,
which makes the vibe of the album a rather somber and melancholy
one, but still enjoyable. Certainly a promising debut that
leaves just enough room for improvement.
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- Dead Ringer
- Of Weddings And Funerals
- Warriors! Come Out To Play
- Fate And Chaos
- At Age 23
- Iron Coat
- Blue Holes
- Crying, But Without Tears
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