Opening with a few seconds of static and dissolving into tuneless la’s by its third line, Pawn sets the scene on an EP that’s not for the faint-hearted. Fizzy Blood have had an element of unhinged weirdness since first single January Sun, after that though everything seemed to become bit more restrained. For a while at least – over the past year or so the derangement has been getting gradually less subtle, as if they’d gently slid a knife between our ribs and are now twisting it.
That’s not to suggest that every moment on Summer Of Luv is is frenzied madness; this band know how to use space to enhance their impact, with sometimes the calmest sections coming across as the most eerie, particularly towards the end of Haunted. Then the title track jumps in, jarringly blithe, albeit through heavy distortion. It’s the ‘pop’ song of the release, if such a thing needs to be observed; before the final track sinks once more into darkness. Generally the idea of a band reverting back to a manner they’d moved away from is quite odd, but the way that everything they’ve learnt in the meantime is incorporated maintains a sense of progression with this release. It’ll be interesting to see where they go next, hopefully even weirder (if that’s possible).
Every now and again, Fizzy Blood ease off a little on the creepiness and write something headed in the direction of soaring modern alt-rock. Latest single Summer Of Luv is one such example, not anywhere near as hippy as the title might suggest but still sort of laid-back (well at least for the first half) by comparison to their other recent releases. The song is available digitally through Killing Moon, and now the heatwave has eased off to ‘bearable’, can be the one to dance away your summer nights to.
As everyone knows, ‘guitar music’ is ‘dead’ so presumably in light of this, Fizzy Blood change tack at start a boyband instead – yeah, that’s as creepy as it sounds. Check out the ‘instructional’ video for Pawn.
Imagine… a doorway. Two sets of stairs. One goes up, you follow it towards music that sounds something like modern rock n roll, indie rock with a heavy groove. Then realise that simultaneously you’re also on the other stairs heading down, to a dimly lit basement room and the music in here is much darker, noisy in an eerie, almost post-punk way. The two songs you’re listening to are one and the same, subtly twisted together, mesmerising whilst sending shivers down your spine. Now hit ‘play’ on the new Fizzy Blood single below and tell me you don’t understand that imagery. Appearing a couple weeks ago, Pawn became available straight away with no warning, no fuss, just released onto an unsuspecting world.