Youth and playfulness ripples throughout the six-song EP It's There, Fork, by the Montreal noise rock act of the same name. The trio formed after guitarist and vocalist Faisal Shennib placed on ad on Craigslist, which caught the attention of the original bassist Noah Kauffman, and drummer Joey Fox. The six songs on It's There, Fork, are a mixture of gritty and grungy tunes, some of which are high energy post rock instrumentals.
The EP opens with one such instrumental, the spastic and funky “Everyone Loves Fireworks” with its garage rock guitars, heavy thumps of bass, heavy cymbal crashes; it recalls turn of the century garage rock revivalists The Strokes. Next up comes the darker and pop punk punches on “Baby, It’s a Sin,” which takes a strange twist near the end as it slows down and changes course into an oddly retrospective indie rock laden close.
The band change course again, returning to the instrumental on “DiscOH MY GOD” but this time it gets a funky boost from wah wah guitars and jam band drums and bass. It’s a bit of a jolt thematically, though I highly doubt It’s There, Fork was concerned with thematic restraints while composing this record.
The band return to the spastic guitar-centric noise rock on “The Last Petition,” which they follow up with the short and sweet instrumental “Some Future Catastrophe,” a grungy little ditty that sounds like they’re just screwing around at band practice. The hint that It’s There Fork might actually be trying comes on the final track “Stumbling Down From The Tam Tams On Your Own,” a sonic sounding rocker that comes as close an original concept as anything on It’s There, Fork.
It would be right to say that It’s There, Fork is a valiant first effort, however it does have a few bright spots which hint at promise. As a whole though It’s There, Fork is a rather piecemeal collection of songs which the band hasn’t quite polished up yet.
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