Fret! – A Vanity Spawned By Fear [Album Review]

Fret - VanityI don’t have a vanity spawned by fear, so I was sceptical as to how I would fair with this album. Verdict: you don’t need a vanity spawned by fear to love the new release from Fret! (I promise this running gag ends here.)

I can’t believe it was 2 years ago that Through The Wound The Light Comes In was released. But here we are, and Fret! have just released their follow up, which in no way disappoints this fan of TTWTLCI.

Fret!’s retro fuzz fuelled alt/garage-rock/grunge/punky-experimental vibes pack an even greater punch. Each track slaps the next straight into gear, creating a constant surge of energy. Fret! don’t mess around with the unnecessary, with even the slower doomish efforts clocking in under 3 minutes.

Still present are the atmospheric quieter numbers with the incredible Country and segments of the ambitious SUSD, but be prepared for plenty of frantic drums, punchy bass lines and a solo guitar that drives a slew of riffage with no compromises. Vocals are scarce yet overly effective, avoiding clean cut sing-alongs in favour of complimenting the raw atmosphere, which in some cases means screaming. It works all too well and simply adds to their charm.

Fret! are the crustiest kind of fresh music that you will come across these days, offering strong characteristics that have only become more refined over the years. Squeaky clean technically perfect songs are boring. More music should be like Fret! Or not, seeing as we already have Fret! and that’s super awesome. I don’t know where this is going. Caffeine etcetera.

Rating: 8.5/10

Jake Hancke – 30/07/2019

A Vanity Spawned By Fear is available now on limited run cassette, CD and Digitally via Cruel Nature Records.

You can find more on Fret! via their Facebook, BandCamp and Soundcloud pages.


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