Tuesday, 8 October 2013

PREMIERE: Mount Fabric - Books

Single review by kev@thesoundofconfusion.co.uk

We like Manchester's Mount Fabric. We like them a lot. They're a bit different to other bands in that they're not content with having a modern, up-to-date or even forward-thinking side to them (a lot of bands don't even manage that), they want more; they want their sound to change, to evolve and to prevent them being typecast or running the risk of becoming repetitive. Just listen to the impressive math-rock of 'Heuristic Fits', and then notice how shortly after they not only released a better song in 'Salamander', but they settled for a fresh, new, epic indie-type sound. And as a rule, epic indie is anything but fresh. In their capable hands it became a meandering, interesting and exciting journey. They're bloody good, and they're unique innovators. That's why we like Mount Fabric.

So you can imagine how delighted we were to be offered the première to their new single, 'Books'. Are we looking at anything that resembles the previous singles? Well it's the same people, so there's bound to be a certain similarity, although unless you knew you'd struggle to guess. This begins as a near-falsetto piano ballad. So forget your math-rock ideas. It's impressive that a band can switch between sounds with such seeming ease. Guitars, drums and so on are are introduced, and again it's like a mini adventure. You don't know what's around the corner. Strange screeching noises? A guitar solo? Unusual sound effects all mushed together to form a melee of beautiful noise? Rampant, almost military drumming? Of course the answer is all of those things. Then an abrupt end that's as unexpected as any other part of the song. Again they've bettered what went before, and even had the cheek to leave us on a knife edge wanting to know what happens next. Whatever it is, it won't be dull.

Mount Fabric's website

Catch them live:

Sun Oct 20 Carefully Planned Festival #3, Soup Kitchen, Manchester
Mon Nov 4 Night and Day Cafe, Oldham Street, Manchester
Supporting No Joy

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