Coming out screaming and howling like a banshee with a hangover, Preston's Fighting are back, and are angrier than ever with their new EP, 'Frankie Goes to Fulwood'.
With a new drummer and the addition of fourth member to round out the line-up, the Northern lads sound fresher, faster and punchier than they've ever been. Clocking in at around 12 minutes of post-punk goodness, influences from Gang of Four, Death From Above 1979 and Mclusky can clearly be heard through the brash chords and pop hooks.
'Jon With an Afro' is the standout track amongst the bunch, the drumline and bass barrelling through the entire track as lead singer James Hodgson goes into full meltdown mode. As the song breaks and wanes into a slow, grunge-lite lull, you're rewarding as it builds back up once more, assaulting the ears with a final barrage before collapsing in on itself. Fighting are making clever, aggressive Punk with a modern twist and tongue so firmly in-cheek, it's practically busting through their face.
It sounds dirty. The melodies and lyrics almost verge on guilty pleasure territory, before being dragged back down into the gutter by staccato guitars and precise, tight drumming. This conflict between the two styles drives the tracks perfectly, making for a palpable, irresistible tension.
Fighting are a fantastic prospect. An edgy, no-nonsense bunch of lads making music to drink beer to, without being laddish or cliche. We can't wait to hear more.
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