Album Review

Fontana – “Fontana” – [X! Records]

surferrosa   8/1/2012   12-inch, A Library

This trio from Detroit Michigan can’t decide what kind of music they want to play, which is precisely what makes this record so solid… this is hard rock breaking through the little cardboard punk box. I would definitely call this punk rock, but sometimes is sounds more like metal..or thrash..or surf.. or noise.. or psych.. Just when you think you know where a track is going it takes a hard turn, throws you off track and then comes right back around to slap you in the face. These guys deliver the plodding, driving, head banger grooves and then some. The dynamics here are tight, the freak outs abundant, especially because these three are sonicly locked into each other. Pissed off, high energy vocals teeter on the edge of growls, screams, screeches, yelps and speech. Lyrical content is absolutely delightful when you can understand it, and equally as pleasing when you can’t. Fontana creeps up with all sorts of nonsense. These tracks are far from uniform, within themselves and from each other. Haphazard, angular, noisy, jammed out bliss. This is something I would like to see live. FCC on A2, B1, B3 -Surfer Rosa

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