All The Fiends songs are for friends, freaks, girls, and geeks
In a world super producers, million pound studios, excessive overdubs and auto-tune it’s refreshing to hear bands that don’t really care about any of that. One of these bands is Indiana’s The Fiends. On their latest EP Animal Boys they’ve done away with the lot and what we’re left with is four tracks that are made for the hell of it, with no other purpose than to entertain themselves and hopefully their friends. It’s all pretty primitive and derivative, but that’s the point!
Stand out track Bathing opens with a wail of feedback and blistering drumming, thanks to Spencer Hartford. Then a distorted guitar comes in with a fairly decent ‘punk’ chord progression. At times it feels like everything is going to fall over and Alex Beckman is playing to his limits on guitar playing, but somehow, miraculously it doesn’t and what’s more it sounds pretty good. The rest of the EP is more laidback and melodic. Closing track Cliff is as monumental as the title suggests. Granite sounding guitar riffs throb through the speakers. Monotone vocals bounce off this and give everything a melancholic vibe. This is Much Better features The Fiends searching for answers, but like the rest of us, coming up with more questions each time.
If you are looking to the answers to life, the universe and everything this probably isn’t the EP for you. However if you want to hear four songs, in which three guys try and make sense of the seemingly random events in their lives that have lead them to this moment, whilst never making any clear or definite conclusions then this is for you!