Saturday, July 4, 2015

Recording: Fat As Fuck

Artist: Fat As Fuck

Song: 1/E

Recorded at 159 Manning ("M For Manning"), June 19, 2015.

Fat As Fuck - 1/E

Once again Tim McCready turned his home into the city's coolest venue for a day, transforming living room, basement and backyard into performance spaces for a chill day-long party. A backyard stage under an arch of trees at the very far end of the lot made the show feel even more like it was taking place off in some friendly forest. The programming, thanks once again to an alliance with M for Montréal and an association with a large local corporate rock festival, mixed a few mostly-Montréal out-of-towners with local faces.

It's been quite some time since I first discovered this crew, playing a street corner guerrilla set, but I was glad to see they were still committed to their particular aesthethic — both visual (in masks and white coveralls) and musically (mixing party anthems with tricky prog song structures). The band's best trick is how effortlessly they can torque from the former to the latter while still keeping the crowd dancing and "woo"-ing enthusiastically. Not that there's an undue focus on chops here, as the band was also shamelessly going for some big rock moves, including synth-held-aloft flourishes and set-ending crowd invasions.

[Fat As Fuck will be celebrating the release of a new video with "an evening of absolute madness" on Wednesday, July 15th at The Rivoli, where they'll be joined by The Out Of Towners and Jobs.]

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