The US new-wave trio Fat Heaven release the LP Tough Luck on the 25th of November.
Fat Heaven – photo by George Wisegarver
Always a pleasure to return to – on the fourth of the dozen tracks on the LP Tough Luck (available on bandcamp) – In My Head – Fat Heaven, while retaining the battering ram of percussion and instrumentation have softened the vocal giving the piece a more garagey feel than much of their previous music.
Fat Heaven is the new-wave trio of Travisdog, Gaylacat and Jack from New York in the USA.
Fat Heaven – eponymous EP – vinyl
Time to lace-up the 14-hole DMs, the only sadness being an apology that it has taken me since October to get to Fat Heaven. Big-cat claws of percussion fire out of the speakers in raging fury, accompanied by mewling guitar and ill-tempered bass whilst the vocal adds the sneering contempt.
It would not be remiss to draw references to The Ramones as Fat Heaven eschew the pop theatrics that beset many US bands working in this sphere. The trio attempt no concession to radio-play, preferring to gouge out their own direction of travel without interruption and as you would anticipate I can’t help but recommend you spend time in their company.
Fat Heaven scrawl wide blood stained chalk marks across the room as knuckles are bared to fretboard in frenzies of chords. If you were wondering what you could pogo to from the material of the ’10s this a band you need to add to your playlist.
The only positive side to my lengthy delay in getting round to Fat Heaven is that in the intervening period an eponymous EP has surfaced. Play it loud, then louder still – thank you Travisdog, Gaylacat and Jack – you have made the year seem so much better than it was.
Those of – oft fused with a hot knife DM soles to keep in that air – will know precisely why I chose to use Roxy to share with its subliminal reference to the iconic Covent Garden venue.