Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt - Dys/Closure (Art As Catharsis Records)

A rare and beautiful musical pearl...
Release Date: 
14 Apr 2013 - 11:30pm

Those spaz-grind-punk masters Fat Guy Wears Mystic Wolf Shirt (FGWMWS) are back with an album of dischord and insanity as a follow-up to their 2012 EP Counter/Transference. Dys/Closure has the vibe of a primal scream therapy session with 16 tracks of pain, anguish and reconciliation (and perhaps even hope and/or optimism?).

From the delightfully bent Ears to the beautifully executed Instrumental (which I would point out isn't actually an instrumental) this is an album that's been marinated in frenzy and spit-roasted on an open fire of frustration. Keeping to the grind tradition, 8 of the tracks are under a minute long - though the doomish Within is actually two songs, one of which is a cover of NOFX's Desperation's Gone. With P on guitars and C on drums/keyboards you get an intense blend of jaw-grittingly punchy numbers that are spiced up with K's vocals, which are delivered with plenty of fire and brimstone. So there's no bass player; so what? This stuff holds its own regardless. This is an album without compromise and raw authenticity - a rare thing in an age of easy, over the top production tricks - but it's not all anger and conflict. The hilariously frantic jazz/funk of Little Consequence and the 11 second masterpiece that is Voir Dire show FGWMWS's humour and playfulness.

Home Truths and Mimic jump about the place like a demented leprechaun while the intro to Dislocate is like some kind of fucked up science fiction soundtrack. A beautiful album that has been lovingly put out in a high qulity format by Art As Catharsis. Top marks, fellas!