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Here’s the latest LP from are-they-serious?/aren’t-they-serious? indie rockers Fat History Month, who peddle a style of slightly folk-influenced indie rock which will remind you of Three Mile Pilot, Archers of Loaf and Sophomore Lounge label-mates Giving Up. In other words it sounds like it’s from the ‘90s but in a really good way.
This album seems to be at least loosely conceptual, following a cowboy in his struggles with the modern world and its contradictions and disappointments, mixing humour with poignancy in tracks like ‘Couch Killed The Cowboy’ (“Everyone says that the fence killed the cowboy, but actually it was the couch that did him in...cause who the fuck, aww who the fuck wants to live out their life in the desert?! Not me, sir."). I have to admit I’m having a hard time finding ways to describe this that doesn’t make it sound kinda dated, but if the aforementioned Archers and Pilot are your kind of thing, as they are mine, then you’ll be beyond stoked that once again Sophomore Lounge have tracked down a current band playing this style of indie without sounding cloying and out-of-date, with just the right ratio of stumbling weirdness to heartfelt pop. Heartily recommended.
9/10 Thom Customer review, 17th December 2013
Boston is exploding right now with bands like Kal Marks, Pile, Krill and most obviously Speedy Ortiz. Fat History Month have created an instant classic of whatever this nameless Boston sound becomes to be known as. It's a conceptual coming of age album full of symbolism and metaphors. Musically it takes cues from a lot of 90s guitar stuff but with there own unique exciting style. I could list loads of big names from the the 90s to try and catch you're attention but I'm not going to. If you have any interest in where indie rock is at or heading in 2014 this is the album for you. Criminally underrated and possibly the most underrated record of 2013. Buy it. Absorb it. Love it.
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