Josh (vocals/bass), Andy (guitar) and Rory (drums) are Magic Chicken Fudgetoe. The band from Australia recently released Bad Bondye EP which is a five-song EP that contains sludge covered noise.
The album grabs you by the throat and doesn't let go till it’s over. Fans of bands like The Melvins and heavier will be in heaven here. Their music isn’t breaking any barriers but is well delivered and the production is right on the nose for what it needs to be. It’s raw yet not lo-fi. Just about perfect for what they play.
They open with “Bad Acid” which is one of the more intense songs on the EP. It’s blistering fast and you can picture a bunch of young punks in an old-fashioned mosh pit. The band is in the pocket and the drummer sounds like a human metronome. As far has the singing goes, it more or less is frantic yelling like someone who has lost their mind. He sings, “Albino boy, there's magic in his arms I'll find a way to use all his body parts.” Yeah I’m not going to try and make sense of the lyrics.
Up Next is “In Oz” which is a little slower then the opener but isn’t exactly slow. The energy never lets up once it starts and the band is no shortage of riffs. They seem to change every couple of seconds at points. The lyrics are again ambiguous to a point where you can only guess what the meaning is. He sings, “You can follow white man into shallows / You can follow dead fish into sea / Fish is laid out, burning in the morning / The sky gets dark when it starts to rain.“
The sludge started to emerge more on “Space Needle.” It builds slowly and the song contains few words. Distortion continues to drip on “Eyeless” which veers towards drone metal not too far off from Sunn O))). They close with the most epic piece entitled “Stone Monkey” which is such a difference from where they started. The song initially moves slowly through a wasteland but there are plenty of time changes along the way.
Magic Chicken Fudgetoe does this type of music justice. There is no doubt an audience for their style. Recommended.
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