Wednesday 8 January 2014

Review: Fun Every Friday – 'Heart Puke'

'Heart Puke' 

Flesh Eating Foundation are veterans of the scummiest depths of the UK's industrial scene. Blending cyberpunk and digital hardcore, they've provided a noisy and often psychotic antidote to the UK's more dance-orientated offerings. Now by the band's own admission, they're getting older and uglier, and so is their music. Cue their new side-project Fun Every Friday – a guitar-driven alter-ego that retains the craziness we're used to but packages it in a different way.

FEF are no strangers to six-stringed weapons of mass destruction, but this isn't rock 'n' roll by any means. In the same way Cabaret Voltaire would pile effects onto their guitars and vocals to make them sound like synthesizers, so do FEF. The result is gritty 80's sound akin to the afore mentioned Cabaret Voltaire crossed with Alien Sex Fiend.

After a short intro we're dropped straight into the nightmarish funfair of 'Off Kilter', which has the lurching pace of Marilyn Manson's 'Golden Age Of Grotesque' coupled with an industrialised take on the creepy Calliope elements of The Beatles' 'Being For The Benefit OF Mr. Kite'. 'Who's Rules The Roost' gives us something a little more recognisably Flesh Eating Foundation with its hard and fas punky delivery, which is also carried through on tracks like 'Time Is Running Out' and 'Pages' as well.

Tracks like 'Hate The Mistake', 'Save Yourself', 'Lessen The Fall' and 'Lazarus' take an interesting mid-paced approach to the song-writing that makes a refreshing change and gives them a chance to play with different ideas, whether it's a dancier approach, or even ballad elements. There is of course room for some unabashed craziness too with the frantic rhythms of 'Equinicide' filling the gap.

This is an interesting offering from FEF, with elements from their main concern retained throughout, the method and execution adds a whole new spin to the songs. Everything is as usual nice and low-fi, giving the tracks a nice grittiness, but the volume of distorted guitars gives their usual digital leanings a nice organic tone. Hopefully they'll continue to experiment with this in the future.

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