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Fin Fang Foom
Texture, Structure And The Condition Of Moods
Lovitt Records


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.

- Eddie Fournier

Track Listing:

  1. The Fool And The Feign
  2. Dead Ringer
  3. Of Weddings And Funerals
  4. Warriors! Come Out To Play
  5. Fate And Chaos
  6. At Age 23
  7. Decepticon
  8. Iron Coat
  9. Blue Holes
  10. Crying, But Without Tears

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