Wednesday, April 14, 2010

CHAINMAIL: Fuck the Facts - Unnamed EP (self-released, 2010)

The CHAINMAIL section reviews bands that were proactive enough to contact me directly. Here at Cerebral Metalhead, initiative is rewarded.

Go listen to your Repulsion and early Napalm Death records. Now listen to the new Fuck the Facts Unnamed EP. Lordy, how grindcore has changed. Frequent changeups and breakdowns and beat-flippings keep the 'core as prevalent as the grind, the headspin as prevalent as the gutpunch. Grind isn't just for speedfreaks anymore. This stuff is as impressive for its pure composition as it is for the fury it channels.

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There's little room for imperfection on Unnamed EP. It's surgical in its savagery. Performances are ship-in-a-bottle-builder precise, instruments cleanly separated. I could never call the group's pixie of death vocalist Mel Mongeon "caged," but here's she's less frontwoman than vocal accompanist. This will change when you see Fuck the Facts live. A Mongeon performance is not conducive to upstaging or forgetting.

"La Tete hors de L'eau"

Fuck the Facts habitually pick at their own bones and reassess their catalog. Founding guitarist Topon Das et. al cobbled together 2008's Disgorge Mexico from jam tapes and riffs dating back to the band's founding, nearly a decade prior; Unnamed EP finds the band re-recording "La Tete Hors De L'eau" from a 2004 split with Sergent Slaughter and "Doghead" from Mullet Fever. I like the idea of a band that's proud enough of its past to incorporate it into its present. Self-sampling, if you will. There are subtle differences between new and old on Unnamed EP, mostly in the more straightforward tonalities and structures of the two re-records, which compare favorably to The Red Chord (Frankensteiny combos of grind, groove, pinch harmonic and roar). It's remarkable how consistent Fuck the Facts are on record, especially considering how prolific they are. Unnamed EP upholds the band's fact-fucking quality.


Consider Fucking the Facts live:

Apr 23 2010 8:00P The Alex Brantford, Ontario
Apr 24 2010 8:00P Hard Luck Bar Toronto, Ontario
May 14 2010 8:00P CSMA Ithaca, New York
May 15 2010 8:00P Bug Jar Rochester, New York
May 16 2010 8:00P Now That’s Class Cleveland, Ohio
May 17 2010 8:00P Mac’s Bar Lansing, Michigan
May 18 2010 8:00P Reggies Chicago, Illinois
May 19 2010 8:00P Fubar St. Louis, Missouri
May 20 2010 8:00P Conservatory Oklahoma, Oklahoma
May 21 2010 8:00P Renos Dallas, Texas
May 22 2010 8:00P War Legion Amarillo, Texas
May 23 2010 8:00P Red Seven Austin, Texas
May 25 2010 8:00P The Bar New Orleans, Louisiana
May 26 2010 8:00P Firehouse Birmingham, Alabama
May 27 2010 8:00P Hideaway Johnson City, Tennessee
May 28 2010 8:00P Sleep On It Harrisonburg, Virginia
May 29 2010 8:00P MD Deathfest Baltimore, Maryland
Jun 1 2010 8:00P Club Hell Providence, Rhode Island
Jun 18 2010 8:00P Montebello Marina Montebello, Quebec
Jun 19 2010 8:00P Bar Le Magog Sherbrooke, Quebec
Jul 23 2010 8:00P Friendship Cove Montreal, Quebec

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