Recorded at The Garrison (Wavelength SEVENTEEN – Night 2), February 18, 2017.FET.NAT - Caquette
Without the inexpensive energy-drink RSVP crowd jamming the place early on (and the return of General Chaos' swirling lights) this felt like a proper Wavelength. Programming-wise, this was the "rock" night, giving things a proper Saturday night feel. I'd been told the past few times that Hull's FET.NAT were in town that they were a band one simply had to catch live, and this first exposure proved that to be the case. Clearly an unknown quality to most of the crowd, they elicited headliner-level approval by the end of their relentlessly-entertaining set. With no wave sax spatters, mousetrap bass grooves and catscratch guitar, this had plenty hints of the agitated funk tradition of groups like The Contortions. The selling point as a stage spectacle was the agitated collection of gesticulations from monsieur J-F No, a frontman with the right sense of absurdity (and what we might call un soupçon du jambon) gleefully mocking the band and the crowd, all while marshalling them with a series of Wile E. Coyote-esque signs and occasional bullhorn interventions.