Fawn Spots - From Safer Place

by Steve Reynolds Rating:8 Release Date:2015-03-09

If you like your music frenetic, angry, raw, and dark then you’ll love York threesome Fawn Spots and their debut album, From Safer PlaceSteeped in hardcore and early American college-rock, their template is a viscose mix containing such influences as Husker Du, Fugazi, the sadly-no-more Edsel Auctioneer, and the acerbic, metallic guitar abuse of Mr Steve Albini. Produced by the band themselves, it's heart-stopping muscular call-and-response music which is quite frankly enough to put the national grid out of action.

They say that today’s youff youth lack gumption and drive to deal with the stresses and strains of modern life, but Fawn Spots have channelled their own demons through a visceral, cathartic sound. Coupled with the trio’s tight, no-flab approach to production, they’ve created songs that are both challenging and packed to the rafters with urgent melodies.   

This is part Pissed Jeans, part Big Black, but all wrapped up with a quintessential 90s oppressed British indie veneer. The beast they have created is their own personal monster, and they are in a field of their own on this side of the pond with their toxic brew of melodic harshness.

From the opening bars of ‘New Sense’, you’re strapped-in. The bass, drums, and angry guitar all intertwine carefully, creating a mesh of noise and uncouth abandonment. It lasts less than two-and-a-half minutes. It’s bewilderingly good and leaves one gobsmacked.

Most of the 10 songs here are short, succinct and straight to the point. They are meant to create a reaction, a feeling of unpleasantness in your gut, like ‘Black Water’ with its unrepentant delivery.  The sense of adrenalin and urgency continues on ‘Natural Vision’, which bludgeons you into submission. ‘In Front of the Chestnut’ is less powerful, more cultured than its predecessors, an instrumental piece chucking some light across the band’s malevolent shade.

Fawn Spots have made a monster alright, a monster of huge proportions. This is an excellent debut and it’s one that’s destined to make a significantly important dent in the indie establishment this year.

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